MMU Sport currently has two apprentices working with us as part of the Coach Core programme, offering both apprentices the opportunity to take their first steps towards a career in sport by providing them with invaluable skills and experience.

Over the course of 12 months Connor and Aimee will support Active Campus sessions at Platt Lane as well as assisting University Club coaches with their training sessions, giving them the chance to gain experience in both recreational and performance based sport.

Our apprentices will also have the opportunity to be mentored by one of our FA Level 2 qualified coaches, working alongside student volunteers in schools to support our delivery as part of an FA Super Hub.

The City in the Community Foundation hosted the event at the City Football Academy to demonstrate the skills of Manchester’s apprentices as well as celebrating the opening of a new Coach Core Scheme at the City Football Academy.

Some well-known and respected figures were present at the launch event, including Man City Women’s Lucy Bronze, Rio Ferdinand and Richard Dunne all on hand to watch the development of the next generation of coaches.

The apprentices were given a unique insight into the world of sports broadcasting as part of BT Sport’s involvement with the Coach Core programme. In anticipation of Man City’s upcoming Champions League clash with Monaco, all the apprentices were given a tour of the BT broadcast studio in the Etihad as well as a full Q&A session with the producers and pundits.

MMU Sport Development Officer Darren Waldron was notably impressed by both the launch event and the programme itself stating, “It was a great launch event that showcased the impact the Coach Core programme has on both those undertaking their apprenticeship and the community they are engaging. For a lot of the apprentices this is their first step into a career within sport and it is great to see that it is met with such enthusiasm.”

The Coach Core programme was created by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of the Olympic legacy. Since its formation in 2012 Coach Core was presented with the task of creating inspirational coaches to deliver sport in the community, as such it has delivered, with almost 98% of apprentices going into full-time education or employment upon completion of the programme. The programme should create more inspirational coaches for the next generation further enhancing the enjoyment of sport within the community.

Friday, 17th March 2017