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Ambitious Jordan goes from footballer to entrepreneur

2 October 2017

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.”

So-Fly is also delivering sports training across Torbay through Sanctuary’s Love Sport programme, in partnership with Sport England.

Visit our Love Sport page to find out more about Sanctuary’s Love Sport programme.


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