A ceremony fit for a king . . . well, a prince – FITC travel to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for Coach Core 2017 attended by Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge.
On Wednesday 18th October, Football in the Community’s staff and 17 young apprentices set off in the early morning for the Royal Foundation’s Coach Core celebrations at the London Stadium, home to the London 2012 Olympic Games and most recently, the Premier League’s West Ham United. The site of the 2012 games provided the perfect location for a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Coach Core apprentices and elite athletes as well as hearing inspirational stories of young leaders from across the UK including Notts County Football in the Community’s very own Oliver Seagrave.
Oliver (19), who joined FITC’s Coach Core Apprenticeship in April 2017, spoke with excitement about his experience working on the Royal Foundation’s Coach Core project, “Coming onto Coach Core has given me a massive boost in confidence actually knowing what career path I want to go down. I can now take the skills I have learnt and developed while on the programme and use them in the projects I work on at FITC”.
Prince Harry, co-founder alongside his brother Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, spoke passionately to the day’s graduates “William, Catherine and I were looking at the issues that we wanted to tackle together with our newly formed Royal Foundation. It was clear that all three of us believed firmly that sport could be a powerful force for good. Our aim has been to create the next generation of exceptional sport coaches who are giving back to kids in their own communities.”
Alongside Coach Core, Notts County FITC have continued to invest and shape the future coaches, mentors and sport personalities of the future with their commitment to alternative education provision and BTEC sport qualifications. Judy Murray OBE also attended the ceremony adding “To create the opportunities for these young people who love sport, who want to work in sport, to get the training to then get the work experience and then to achieve employment is absolutely tremendous.”
Are you, or someone you know, interested in joining Notts County FITC’s Coach Core programme?
To be eligible to apply for a Coach Core Apprenticeship you must meet the following criteria:
- 16 – 24 years of age
- Eligible to work in the UK
- Agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly Criminal Record Check)
- Not currently in employment, education or training
Coach Core Benefits
Achieve qualifications and vocational training that matches the criteria required by employers within the sports industry.
You will be employed by an exciting and supportive employer but get to engage with other partners to gain different experiences and explore a range of opportunities.
Mentoring and experience of working alongside professionals from the industry including Sports Development Officers, experienced sports coaches and personnel from national governing bodies.
Develop personal qualities such as leadership, confidence and responsibility alongside other young people who, like you, want to better themselves and their communities.
Practical experience of working in the industry at a sports event, in schools, in clubs and coaching within sports venues.
The opportunity to attend exciting events and training throughout the apprenticeship.
Although applications are currently closed, FITC will soon be taking on further Coach Core Apprentices. If you meet the criteria and are interested in starting a Coach Core Apprenticeship you should email firstname.lastname@example.org.