SOCCER: Strachan apprentices

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After a successful season on the field after reaching the British College Elite League Cup Final, fifteen 16-18 year old Strachan Football Foundation apprentices have passed through Sports Coaching Level 2 Apprenticeship framework.

FA Lead External Verifier Roger Soper, praised the standard of work within the FA Leadership through Coaching Level 2 folders as some of the best work he has seen in the new FA qualification.

The apprentice coaches conducted work within schools and local clubs in the area. Rugby Town JFC were one of the clubs who worked with the SFF club skills coach initiative, Head of Youth Development at Rugby Town JFC Dave Roache said “Having the Strachan Football Foundation apprentices has given more focus on skill development the coaches are professional and organised they have really helped develop our players within the 6-10 year old teams, we look forward to continue our work with SFF for the coming season”.

Rob Morrisey head of Long Lawford Primary School spoke of the service provided to schools

“The Strachan Football Foundation provides an excellent scheme for schools.  The coaches are punctual, smart, enthusiastic and good with the children.  The sessions they deliver are well planned and involve high levels of participation.  Delivery is focused on skill development and enjoyment.  Whilst our coaches Ryan and Jeff are young they are nonetheless very professional.  I would recommend this scheme to any school.”

Dan Elliott Education and Marketing Director “The Foundation have had a number of successes in their first year having qualified 15 young aspiring coaches to level 2 standard is really pleasing, the feedback from 1st4sport and the FA has been very positive, the apprentices have shown they are capable of delivering creative sessions which test young players whilst still making the sessions enjoyable.”

“Other successes for the Foundation have been Luke Leahy who signed a 2 year professional deal in Scotland with Falkirk. Six players have signed semi professional forms with a number of non-league clubs and look to build on this for the coming season and young American Jon Lee has been offered a 2 year scholarship at Hartbury College within their Football Development Scheme.”

This season SFF have teamed up with Rugby Town JFC and will represent the club on Saturdays in the Midland Combination Under 21’s league and Under 18’s in the Midland Junior Premier League, SFF will also play in the British College Elite League on Wednesday afternoons.

Strachan Football Foundation still have opportunities for any 16-18 year who aspire to build a career in football and sports coaching at Level 1 Sport and Sports Coaching , Level 2 Sports Coaching Apprenticeship and Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development.

If you are a keen footballer who has a passion for coaching and playing, SFF still have places available for 16-18 year olds who have recently left school or College. For more information contact Dan Elliott on dan@strachanfootballfoundation.co.uk on 07840 797500