An ambitious young Torbay resident has gone from promising sportsman to up-and-coming entrepreneur thanks to support from Sanctuary Housing.
The leading housing provider has helped Jordan Pierson grow and develop his community interest company So-Fly, which offers sports coaching and social support to young people in Torbay.
Now Jordan, aged 24, has been accepted into the prestigious Google for Entrepreneurs programme.
Having been recommended by a friend and fellow Entrepreneur, Jordan will have access to the Google for Entrepreneurs London Campus, where he will be able learn from industry experts and connect with other start-ups to share expertise and experience.
Jordan said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to access the amazing facilities at the Campus and meet like-minded people who also believe they can have a big impact on society and make a positive change.
“It is something that would not have come about without my amazing team at So-Fly and the support of organisations like Sanctuary.”
Before founding So-Fly, Jordan was a promising young footballer, completing an Academy course with Torquay United Football Club, followed by a trip to the USA for a prestigious football scholarship.
However, urgent family matters left Jordan with no choice but to cut short his scholarship and return home.
It was a difficult time for Jordan, who left school with no qualifications, and he ended up claiming benefits while looking for employment.
But he refused to give up and, knowing he wanted a career helping people, established So-Fly, initially offering football coaching to young people in Torbay.
Staff from Sanctuary’s neighbourhood team supported Jordan to expand, funding So-Fly to provide local sports sessions.
Today, So-Fly has its own office and delivers coaching and social support as well as a dedicated provision for young people with complex needs and a homeless support service.
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We are delighted to support Jordan in making a real difference to the community in Torbay.
“We want young people in our neighbourhoods to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and investing in So-Fly is one of the ways we can help achieve that.”