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Foundation Creates New Coaching Apprenticeships

Newcastle United Foundation has created two Apprenticeships thanks to a new Wellbeing Apprenticeship Fund through Newcastle City Council.

Jordan Smith and Jamie Anderson have taken up roles as Apprentice Community Coaches within the Magpie’s charity, under a scheme devised by the local authority and funded through a Public Health grant to create a work based study programme and Apprenticeships for individuals who may need additional support in order to enter the job market.

Last year 18 year old Joe Deverdics made the journey from participant, to volunteer, to Apprentice Community Coach with the Foundation. A year on, Joe has passed his apprenticeship and is combining his role as a Community Coach with studies at Tynemet College.

Following in Joe’s footsteps, Jordan and Jamie Anderson, both 19 from Newcastle, are nearly half way through their year-long Apprenticeships. After finishing college and finding themselves out of work, Jamie and Jordan attended the Foundation’s community project, Kicks, which helps young people achieve their goals through football. The aim is to engage young people in constructive activities, increase playing and coaching opportunities. They both displayed positive attitudes and a willingness to learn, so began volunteering for the Foundation at these sessions before applying for the Apprenticeships.

Since last October, Jordan and Jamie have been working as Apprentice Community Coaches within the Football Development team, assisting on projects such as Premier League School Sports, the Foundation’s flagship disability project, Football for All, and also the sessions where it all started for them, Kicks.

Jordan said:

“I’m really enjoying my Apprenticeship so far. I have learned so much and I couldn’t believe how much work the Foundation does throughout the North East.”

“I found it challenging at first. I wanted to make sure I made the sessions enjoyable for the participants, so I thought about what I would want out of it at their age, and it has helped build my confidence massively.”

When asked about his favourite project to work on, Jamie said he enjoys working with disabled young people:

“I’ve developed a greater understanding of the visually impaired and Down’s syndrome sessions. I believe it has made me a better coach, as my patience and understanding have improved. And it has made me more aware of their abilities.”

At the end of their Apprenticeships, both Jamie and Jordan want to work as full time Community Coaches.

To find out more about how your business can get involved and employ an apprentice call Elaine Withycombe on 0191 277 3506.

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