THE saying “You get back what you put in” could not be more fitting for Stephen Lister who has his fingers in more pies than Mr Kipling.
There are not enough hours in the day for Stephen, who juggles family life alongside his role as a Customer Care tutor at The Zone, Huddersfield, Academy scout for Huddersfield Town and development officer for a couple of local football teams.
He loves nothing more than to see the children developing their skills or going on to great things after passing one of his courses.
His roll at The Zone offers school leavers the chance to further their education with an NVQ Level 2 qualification in Customer Service and after that they can go on to do the same level in Activity Leadership.
There is a variety of courses available including a sports coaching qualification.
All have a weekly salary and practical work placements are also available within Huddersfield Town Football in the Community and Huddersfield Giants Rugby League in the Community.
He is quick to point out that even though it is based around putting people into work within a sporting environment girls must also apply.
“A lot of the students who have come through us have been kept on in some capacity, some have gone on to coaching and we have seen a few go abroad to work in football clubs.
“We also work alongside many local companies to give people as many opportunities as possible,” he said.
For more information on the courses available at The Zone from him and his colleagues call 01484 484155 or visit their website www.thezone.uk.com
Stephen’s role for Huddersfield Town does not end there, for as well as scouting for the Academy he also goes into Calderdale schools on behalf of the club.
The past two years have proved extremely rewarding and a big change from his days as a bus driver and then self-employed air conditioning engineer and builder.
The father of four, formerly from Cleckheaton, lives in Rastrick with his partner Deborah and their six-year-old daughter Caitlin, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.
Stephen’s eldest daughter is Natalie (26) who is a physiotherapist, Jenna is 23 and has just qualified from Cardiff University with an Art degree and has been offered a place teaching in Exeter, 21-year-old Joe is doing a Sports Coaching degree and when 17-year-old Dominic has finishes his A-Levels he is off to do the same course.
“To say I am proud of all my children is an understatement. They are all great achievers.
“Deborah is great as all her time is taken up with Caitlin and she is very supportive of my role out and about in the community.”
A huge Huddersfield Town fan since the age of five, he watched the games with his late father whose ashes are scattered at the Galpharm Stadium.
The 48-year-old was very happy when Joe was offered a place at the Huddersfield Town Academy and also had a spell with Manchester United. Dominic’s skills were also spotted and he spent time at Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City.
Stephen puts on a different hat at the weekends and is the Brighouse Juniors Under 18s coach, where his son Joe is the manager.
He is also the club’s Development Officer and he has just taken on the same role for Rastrick Juniors.
Life in junior football started off around 14 years ago at Clifton Rangers assisting Terry Gill and Neil Johnson with the under sixes and his passion for helping just gets stronger and stronger with other clubs showing an interest in his talents.
If you think that anyone at your respective club is worth a watch then Stephen would love to hear of it. Call him on 07968320143.