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Junior Ogunyemi

Queen Mary University London
BSc Economics
Social enterprise
Junior Ogunyemi
The Show Me Amazing Football Academy is the brainchild of Junior Ogunyemi. The twenty-year-old Londoner established his institute on limited resources and a deep desire to use football as a vehicle to transform lives and has watched his sporting venture go, largely by word of mouth, from strength to strength.

Junior and his team now work with around eighty children, providing more – he insists – than football training. “It’s about so much more than that”, the self-styled social entrepreneur says, “it’s about personal development and confidence and self-belief”. And many agree.

Junior’s efforts were recently recognised with the Unlimited Sport Relief Award 2010, a £7,500 prize fund for his academy. He was also the recipient of the National Varsity Pitch Social Entrepreneurship Award 2010, which he collected at the British Library after pitching his ideas to prominent businesspeople including Doug Richards of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den and Richard Tyler, the enterprise editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph.

He has also been awarded £2,000 start up funding from Knowledge East Enterprise Network and is about to launch his second venture, student magazine Spotlight 22. “I have so many ideas. My aim is to turn all of my hobbies into businesses, so it never feels like work!” the soon-to-be Vice President of Queen Mary’s Enterprise Society says.

The magazine will serve as a platform for undiscovered writers in London and will once again allow Junior to merge his academic pursuits with his extra-curricular passions.