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National Apprenticeship Week: Connor’s Story

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Newcastle United Foundation spoke to our latest Apprentice Community Coach to find out more about his Apprenticeship, and the benefits of getting involved. 

Since joining Newcastle United Foundation as an Apprentice Community Coach in July last year, it’s fair to say Connor Campbell has made the most of his opportunities.

“I love my football. But one of the best parts of the apprenticeship has been the range of programmes I’ve had the opportunity to work on” he says.

“So far I’ve worked in schools under the Premier League Primary Stars programme, I’ve also been working on the Foundation’s Football Development programmes, mainly with the U7’s and U8’s Advanced teams.”

“It’s been really interesting working with the young children at Advanced level and seeing just how much they develop.”

Thanks to his hard work, Connor has also been trusted to work on flagship Foundation projects such as the Match Day Experience, which invites junior teams from across the UK and the world to enjoy a day out at Newcastle United.

“It’s a definite bonus getting to watch Newcastle on a weekend!” he laughs.

“But it’s been great seeing how team from other countries go about their football. Getting to meet all these new people, I’ve seen a whole other side to the footballing world.”

During his time with the Foundation, Connor has worked closely with senior coaches to aid in his progress and development as a coach, completing his FA Level 2 in football coaching and embarking on a Disability coaching qualification. The support of his fellow staff, he says, has been invaluable.

“The Foundation staff have been absolutely amazing, When I first walked through the door the environment was fantastic and I’m just really proud to be a part of it.”

“I like the feedback I get from all my sessions. They always go the extra mile to make sure I’m supported and help me whenever I need it.”

Qualifications aren’t the only benefit Connor’s apprenticeship has brought him though. For him, it’s the self-assurance to approach new people that has had the biggest impact on his working life.

“Over the past year my confidence and my people skills have grown massively.”

“I’ve worked with so many different people; young children, young adults, across all different backgrounds.”

“Being able to watch them grow and develop alongside myself has been one of the best parts of the job. I’m just hoping it keeps going!”

With only a few months left to go on his apprenticeship, Connor has high hopes for his future, with the Foundation at forefront of his plans.

“Come July I’ll hopefully have passed the apprenticeship successfully. After that I can’t wait to see what the Foundation throws at me next!”


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