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Get Started Programme Gives Young People Chance To Kick Off A Career In Football

Newcastle United Foundation recently kicked off its first Prince’s Trust Get Started With Football programme of the season.

16 young people spent a week with Foundation coaches, taking part in practical football sessions, as well as more general employability activities.

Prince’s Trust Get Started With Football is a free course for young people aged between 16 and 25 living in and around Newcastle who are currently not in employment, education or training.

The course offers young people the chance to learn coaching skills from professional coaches at Newcastle United Foundation, whilst also giving them the opportunity to gain a Sports Leadership Award and Emergency First Aid qualification. Both are vital for anyone looking to start their career in coaching.

Participants also receive up to three months’ support from The Prince’s Trust to help support them into employment or further training.

After completing the football and leadership workshops, our participants took on the challenge of planning, delivering, and leading their very own practical sessions – the quality was outstanding and a testament to the hard work everyone had put into the course over the week.

Finally, it was time to celebrate, with our budding coaches heading to St. James’ Park for a celebration event where they received a Newcastle United shirt, and a ticket to the Chelsea game as a reward for their commitment and progress over the week.

Dan Hancock, Project Coordinator of Get Started With Football at Newcastle United Foundation said: “This cohort has worked incredibly hard on the course so to see all of the knowledge and experience they’ve gained come together in their own practical sessions was fantastic.

“They’ve worked so well together and I can’t wait to see where their newfound skills will take them in the future.”

Speaking at the event, James, 17, added: “We really enjoyed the diversity of the programme. Nobody got judged, we helped each other and we inspired each other.”

You can find out more about our Prince’s Trust programmes here!

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