Mentor Spotlight: Greg Kaziboni

Hi, I’m Greg! I was born in Zimbabwe where I lived until I was 9 years of age before moving to England with my family and have lived in Northampton ever since. I still remember growing up on the streets of Africa playing football with no shoes from a football we had made using waste plastics and stones as goal posts. Football is something I have been passionate about since I was a little boy!

My school journey was an interesting one. My desire to play football over-rode my desire to learn! I was the kid who carried a football to school and played all lunch with my friends only to stop off at the park one the way home to play more football. I went through school with education being secondary to my football dreams. I later realised that education and being a person of good character is the most important.

I didn't have a plan when leaving school but was lucky enough to receive a scholarship with Northampton Town Football Club. It’s a time where I feel like I grew the most as a person. I was away from the distractions of the friends I had at school, many of whom were associated with gangs and drugs and later went on to spend time in prison. I strongly believe football saved my life and gave my life direction. It was a huge achievement for me when I was given a professional football contract with my hometown club, having come from playing in the streets with no shoes. My football career taught me so many life lessons like discipline, forming positive relationships and learning to fall 7 times but getting up 8 times, to continue developing.

I have a real passion for working with young people and being a mentor gives me the opportunity to give young people something we never had going through school. I have also acquired a lot of life skills and experiences that means I can equip and support the next generation through school and onto their next stages in life.

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