Champions’ Tuesday: Feedback from our Champions Nisar and Alicia

Every Tuesday we highlight one of our young Champions with exciting news and updates. This week we have feedback from two of our Champions - Nisar and Alicia.

Nisar and his family suffered terrible trauma at the hands of the Taliban in his home town in Afghanistan. He was finally granted permission to travel to the UK in 2016, and we were able to buy him a laptop and mobile phone.

Alicia is a talented tennis player who has represented her region competitively on many occasions and has lots of fantastic wins to her name. She was given an Edward Starr Award in December 2013 and the Trust is delighted to continue to support her.




Nisar


Nisar gave his feedback on how the Starr Trust has helped him:

How has your Award made a difference so far?
The award has brought a huge change in my life, especially when it comes to education and sport.

Has having your award had any impact with your school/college or education?
It brought out confidence in me and made me believe in myself.

Has having your award had any impact with your family?
Whenever my dad found he was very happy and very proud of me because back then I didn’t have enough support for my education and for my sports, whereas now things have changed and this award has brought a huge impact towards my success and support.

What have been the main challenges for you over the last twelve months?
I wanted to get a positive and a successful result in my exam and this award lead me into that success and brought out the best potential in me.

What have been the highlights for you over the last twelve months?
Passing my exam and and winning the final in cricket, plus the award also boosted my skills in cricket and gave me the appropriate facilities which I feel very lucky for.

Has your confidence changed from having our support?
My confidence has definitely increased and it all made me believe in myself.

Are you happy with your relationship with the Starr Trust?
Yes I am very happy and very lucky to have this great relationship with the Starr Trust.

Do you need any other help from us at the moment?
Yes, I still need a balling machine for cricket which is very important because it would allow me to train myself even further and it would help me become a better player than I already am.

Do you have any suggestions on how we might support our Champions better?
I think the way you supported me is kind of enough because I really can’t ask for any better support since I am already very with the way you support me.


Alicia



Alicia’s mum gave her feedback on how the Starr Trust has helped them:

Has the award had any impact with the Champion’s education?
Although there has been no direct impact on Alicia’s education it has definitely had an indirect benefit. By having the opportunity to continue training Alicia is happier, focused and disciplined - this means that she is happier and works hard at school in order to have time to train.

Has the award had any impact on the Champion’s family?
It has enabled us to continue to support Alicia’s sport and her dream of becoming a professional tennis player. To see her happy and motivated has had a really positive impact on our family.

Are you happy with your relationship with the Starr Trust?
Yes - everyone at the Starr Trust has always been very kind and helpful and we have always felt fully supported.

Do you have any suggestions on how we might support our Champions better?
I think you are doing a good job already and Alicia certainly feels supported.


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