Sayce Holmes-Lewis

Founder & CEO, Mentivity

Founder & CEO, Mentivity

Sayce’s experience includes extensive coaching and mentoring the likes of Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund, Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth FC, Reiss Nelson of Arsenal FC, and Ademola Lookman of Red Bull Leipzig to name a few. Sayce studied a combined degree in Youth and Community Work with Sports Development while working full time at the University of East London. Sayce and Mentivity were the recipients of the ‘National Mentoring Programme of the Year’ award at The National Mentoring Awards in March 2019.

Sayce Holmes-Lewis

Despite his tireless work in the community of Southwark since 2003 and the documented positive impact by Mentivity in schools and the wider community, on Tuesday 5th May 2020, Sayce was unjustly stopped and searched by the Metropolitan Police, after being racially profiled and labelled as a drug dealer.  Sayce, being observed by the police for less than 45 seconds, was carrying out food dropoffs in his car to friends that had lost loved ones to COVID-19.

Sayce filmed this experience using his phone and released it to highlight the ongoing issues the black British community face at the hands of the police and within society.  As a result of the encounter, Sayce initiated a training programme in partnership with the Met Police to train their officers how to engage with the black British community in relation to stop & search; with respect, integrity and cultural equity. Additionally, his impactful response to this incident also attracted a number of media and press attention such as Good Morning Britain, BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio London, ITV News, LBC Radio and much more.

With a passion for helping others progress in life and realise their potential, Sayce feels
extremely fortunate to be doing the work he truly loves and speaking up for his community
around the issues we face daily

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