Aspiring Coaches Complete Coach The Coach College Course
This year, the Magpies’ official charity extended their partnership with Newcastle College offering a unique training programme for 16-19 year-olds who love sport and looking for work in coaching.
The exclusive talent recruitment programme has been running from September, offering bespoke training to aspiring coaches with highly qualified staff from the Foundation.
All attendees that have completed the training have been guaranteed an interview with Newcastle United Foundation which will take place over the next month to get them on their way to being the next ‘special one’.
Over the 25 weeks, 14 coaches have completed their FA Level 1 Award, Emergency First Aid, Safeguarding Children, personalised BTEC, Level 2 and 3 in Sports Coaching, Sports Development and Sports Fitness qualifications – all provided for via the Foundation-College partnership. Nine of which have been dedicating their time to more than 10 hours a week, volunteering on Foundation sessions where they are able to put their newfound knowledge into practice.
To celebrate their work, Foundation community coaches challenged the course participants to a friendly 11 a side to round the year off.
One of this year’s graduates, Lee Blackburn, 19 from Prudhoe, summed up his experience on the Coach the Coach College programme.
“Last year, I was working in a factory doing jobs I didn’t enjoy. I saw the Foundation Coach the Coach College programme advertised through their Kicks project, and I thought that’s what I want to do! I wanted to go back to college and get some qualifications. The fact I could combine this with coaching was a no-brainer!” He said.
“At first, I hadn’t really thought of being a football coach as a career, but since being a part of the programme, I can’t think of anything else that I would want to do.”
“We’ve now completed the course and I loved every minute of it! My main aim was always to get a job with the Foundation as a community coach at the end of it, so I have my fingers crossed.
When asked what he would say to new recruits on the course, Lee said:
“I came on the course with my best friend, but I’ve made some great friends and the group of lads have jelled really well over the mutual love of football.”
“It’s an ideal opportunity for those who may not know what they want to do, but know that they love football. Doing it with people who coach every day makes it a great experience!”
“If you love football, then you’ll love the Coach the Coach College course!”
A selection event for the 15/16 programme will take place at Newcastle United’s Training Centre this summer. Those interested must have a passion for football and coaching, the energy and enthusiasm to inspire others and at least 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. For more information on next season’s programme, download the flyer here. Or email Liam Atkin | firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0844 3721892 x 8451.
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