Keighley Cougars long serving Captain James ‘ Buster’ Feather has begun a new challenge this month joining the Cougar Park based innovative Youth Project ‘ Your Sporting Chance’ as a Project Worker.
He will work alongside team mate Australian forward Brendon Rawlins working intensively with young people in the local community that have been referred to YSC because of their involvement or risk of involvement in low level anti social behavior.
‘It’s a massive personal challenge for me’ said Buster ‘ I’ve been volunteering with YSC for several months working with the young people, and also taking on some appropriate training and really found the whole experience extremely rewarding. When a opportunity came up to join the team on a full time basis, it was a chance I couldn’t miss.’
I’ve been working in the building trade since I left school and although I enjoyed it taking up this role will really be different and I hope my experience’s as a Professional Sportsman can influence of the young people we work with and inspire them to change their negative behavior’
Buster and Brendon both feature in a four page article in this months ‘Rugby League World ‘ Magazine . Reporter Margaret Ratcliffe spent several hours with the project including some time with a group of young people from Keighley’s Braithwaite Estate.
Mary Calvert YSC Project Manager said ‘ It’s been some great publicity for us in a national publication. At the moment we are funded by social housing provider Incommunities but as with all projects like ours we are always looking for further funding streams to be able increase the number of young people we are able to work with. Margaret’s article really encapsulates what the project is about ,will be a great boost to our profile and be very useful to us as we look to the future.’