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Girls Get Started In Football Coaching

Thirteen girls have completed a short course with Newcastle United Foundation and The Prince’s Trust to help them kick-start a career in sports coaching.

The girls, all aged 16 and 20 and currently unemployed, have just completed a Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started in Football Coaching’ course.

The programme, part funded by Comic Relief, gives young people who are out of work a chance to get real life work experience, develop new skills and confidence. Topics covered included first aid, safeguarding children and young people and how to plan, prepare and deliver coaching sessions.

Each participant gained a Day Certificate in Sports Leadership plus an Emergency Aid qualification. The girls will also receive three months support from The Prince’s Trust at the end of the course to help them make the next step into employment, training or education.

Marnie Maclean, 16 from Newcastle said: “This week has given me an insight into sports coaching and in particular football coaching. I have learned a great deal in one week from the Foundation staff. I now intend to continue my development and sign up for future training programmes”

Kloe Tweddle, 17, also from Newcastle added: “This course has shown me coaching styles and techniques and has given me the drive to start coaching in the community. I enjoyed the coaching as well as the officiating aspects of the course. I learned a great deal from Lee and Laura.”

Steve Mack, senior project coordinator at the Foundation said: “We are delighted to see so many girls on this course who are not only passionate about the game, but also passionate about coaching others.

“They now have a foot on the coaching ladder and know more about carving a pathway to a career in football, which can be a very promising route for them.”

This year The Prince’s Trust, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) renewed their partnership, linking up with football clubs across the country to provide extra, ongoing support for young people in their local areas. 

Linda Smith, of The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are thrilled to see so many young girls getting the most of this course and taking positive steps towards a career for themselves.”

“They have shown such enthusiasm and potential and I am sure they have a bright future ahead of them. Our relationships with clubs like Newcastle United allow us to provide the very best in training for our young people, which give them a fantastic grounding with which to take it further.”

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Three in four young people helped by The Trust move into work, training or education.

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