When Pedro started School of Hard Knocks, he was at a difficult point in his career. After a challenging childhood in Portugal, where he suffered abuse at the hands of his stepfather, he had come to England and was struggling to get by on bit-part work in restaurants and through agencies. Although he wanted to change his situation, he lacked the self-confidence and motivation to take control of his life.
During his weeks with the charity, he grew hugely as a person, becoming one of the most prominent figures on and off the pitch. This culminated in him being named as captain of the Haringey side, which won its final game after his memorable and moving address. The course also gave Pedro the drive to enrol in an IT course at his local college.
We were delighted to welcome Pedro back on our latest televised series in Glasgow, where he spoke powerfully to the boys about his Hard Knocks experience.
We use sport to tackle the issues surrounding unemployment, crime and health. We work with individuals to help them take reponsibility and take positive steps forward in their lives.