England rugby player Ellis Genge has helped put Knowle West on the map after hitting the headlines for scoring England’s winning try against Scotland this month (February).
The 25-year-old rugby prop who plays for Leister Tigers grew up in the area and is justly proud of his roots. He is providing a beacon of hope for other young would-be sports professionals.
Now he has just agreed to be an ambassador for Youth Moves based at The Park – a charity which works with young people aged eight to 25 years old and engages in community projects and social action.
Ellis told The Knowledge he wanted to inspire other young people and said of his sporting journey: “It shows no matter what your limitations are, there’s an opportunity to exceed expectations of others.”
He said his role would be “supporting young people if and when they need.”
Alistair Dale from Youth Moves said Ellis was ” a great fit” for the charity as an ambassador.
He said: “…He is a local Knowle West lad, he has grown up in the community, had to overcome challenges and hardship along the way but is now recognised on the national stage, which has been similar to own our journey as a charity…
“His own personal story of determination, believing in yourself and what is possible, and following your dreams is an inspiration to the young people of this community, and his story is very similar to many of the young people that we work with… “
“On top of this Ellis is a straight talking, no nonsense authentic speaker, not afraid to stand up for what he believes in and proud of where he came from. We are delighted he has chosen to partner with us to help inspire future generations and other young people from across South Bristol to change their lives!”
Ellis, who attended John Cabot School started playing rugby at the age of 12 at Old Redcliffians in Brislington.
Ellis moved to Leister Tigers in February 2016 and received his first call up to the England squad in May of that year.
Local people have been proudly following his progress over the years and despite international success, he has always maintained links with the area where he has family and friends.
He was pictured recently at the tattoo parlour in Leinster Avenue where he had just had a tattoo – following his recent success on the playing field.