YOUNG people in Bromsgrove can gain work experience in a football club and day-to-day football academy by taking part in a new traineeship programme.
It sees new Bromsgrove-based company Club Developments working with education provider Sports Structures, Bromsgrove Sporting FC and JobCentre Plus.
Participants will gain experience in a variety of fields at Bromsgrove Sporting, including football coaching development, sales and marketing, web and social media, app development, groundmanship, match day duties, publishing and the football academy.
The programme, which combines tutoring, training and work experience, will include an FA level one coaching badge.
The mixed days are spent in a classroom setting, covering maths and English, and football training.
The programme is employer-led, with training and work experience delivered at Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground.
That allows Club Development and Bromsgrove Sporting staff to be fully involved in the trainee’s development, imparting their own skills and knowledge to the young people involved.
There will be a focus on employability and personal development, which involves some customer service training.
Trainees spend the other mixed days of each week gaining skills in their chosen work placement department.
Students will also work on other community projects, such as The Basement Project, the Starlight Cafe in Charford, St Basils, fund-raising events and providing free football coaching for those aged between six and 15 who are living in Bromsgrove.
Ann Clissett, Bromsgrove Sporting’s commercial manager, said it was a wonderful opportunity for those young people who were looking to gain new skills and improve their chances of getting a sport-related job.
“It is a unique programme where the students will not only gain experience but have a route to employment in sport, by doing a FA coaching badge.”
Jackie Hooper from The Basement Project said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to support this programme by helping students to develop their life skills alongside their sporting expertise and knowledge.
“As a local charity working with young people we are happy to work with Club Developments to the benefit of young people in this area.”
Anyone interested in the scheme can visit the JobCentre Plus office, email email@example.com or visit www.clubdevelopments.co.uk and complete the application form online.
Any businesses in Bromsgrove or the wider Worcestershire area which want to offer support or sponsorship or become a partner should also send an email to the above address.