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Volunteers week: Ed Studley

Robins Foundation volunteer Ed Studley is using his first-hand experience to have a positive impact on the community and raise awareness about the dangers of firearms.

In July 2016, Ed’s life changed forever when his son (then only 18-months-old) was shot in the head with an air rifle. The toddler managed to survive the incident but sustained life-changing brain damage.

Ed was not willing to allow this tragedy to repeat itself and thus embarked on a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of firearms and the horrific consequences they can cause, to ensure that no one else endures the same experience that him and his family did.

Ed got in contact with Bristol City Robins Foundation to see if they were able to do anything to help prevent such a terrible incident taking place again. From then onwards, he became heavily involved in the community work carried out by the Foundation.

City's official charity worked with Ed to develop project ‘Pass’; which uses football as a vehicle to educate young people of the dangers posed by carrying firearms and other weapons, whilst also tackling anti-social behaviour.

Working with Ed enabled the Foundation to specifically identify areas where young people are most susceptible to becoming involved in gang crime and anti-social behaviour.

The project works by using football and the power of the Bristol City badge to enable the Foundation’s coaches to engage with young people and build relationships of trust with them, whilst also acting as positive role models.

Having helped set up the project, Ed became an invaluable asset volunteering as a coach at the project’s weekly sessions.

Ed Studley, said: “I wanted to get involved with the Robins Foundation to become a role model for the young people of south Bristol.

Ed volunteering at Foundation's school holiday football camps

“Joining the Foundation was a no brainer for me as it brought together a few things that are very meaningful to me, that is: my passion for football, helping those who need it most and to spread awareness of the dangers of firearms. I love working along-side the club I support.”

Ed’s voluntary work with the Foundation goes beyond that of project ‘Pass’ as he also volunteers at the Robins Foundation’s ever popular school holiday football camps and on various other community projects.

"I wanted to get involved with the Robins foundation to become a role model for the young people of south Bristol."
- Ed Studley

Bristol City Robins Foundation, Chief Executive Officer, Dan White, commented: “Ed is an inspiration to not only the young people who he volunteers to help coach but also to all of the staff around him.

"His commitment to make the community a better place for everyone is incredible and we are proud to have him as part of the team.”

Outside of the Robins Foundation, Ed also carries out voluntary community work in grassroots football where he volunteers as coach and manager for Ashton Boys Under 6’s & 7’s.

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