Apprenticeships for footballers

Pictured: Gavin Strachan (Strachan Football Foundation), Matthew Barry (Heart of England Training) together with Neil Melvin (Rugby Town Football Club), promote the launch of a Football Accademy for 16 - 18 year olds.
Pictured: Gavin Strachan (Strachan Football Foundation), Matthew Barry (Heart of England Training) together with Neil Melvin (Rugby Town Football Club), promote the launch of a Football Accademy for 16 - 18 year olds.

TEENAGE footballers looking for a career in sport will be eager for places on a new apprenticeship scheme.

A three-way partnership between Rugby Town FC, the Strachan Football Foundation and Heart of England Training, means school leavers aged 16-18 have the opportunity to train like professionals and work towards a range of football and sports coaching qualifications in a year-long programme.

The Strachan Football Foundation, run by former Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan and his son Gavin, are looking for a squad of 25 apprentices to play in a Wednesday college league and Saturday U21 league.

Each will receive two hours football coaching, four days a week from SFF coaches.

The link with Rugby Town offers a potential career path into the first team.

Courses will be based at Butlin Road and the Moat House Neighbourhood Centre in Coventry.

Matthew Barry, marketing manager at Heart of England training, recently graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, said: “Initially the programme is football based, however there are plans to offer additional routes including tennis and ice hockey.

“The aim is to give learners the foundation to build a successful career in sports coaching which can take them all over the world.”

Gavin Strachan added: “We are delighted to have secured use of these excellent, professional training facilities which offer young people the chance to get involved with sport in the community.”

An SFF Apprentice will experience how the football industry operates including website and social media maintenance, writing match reports, sports development, sports coaching and refereeing.

n Visit wwww.hoet.co.uk, call 0800 0281576 to find out more

or email apprenticeships@ strachanfootballfoundation.co.uk