The first cohort have completed the apprenticeship programme in London and the programme is coming to an end in Glasgow, both of the courses have seen as a real success with the aspirations of the apprentices being hugely broadened, the apprentices have grown in skills and confidence, and have become role models within their communities. In Glasgow, the apprentices benefited from active involvement in the Commonwealth games in July and August.
Three of the apprentices who have been involved in the London scheme for the past two years are now in America completing the Challenger Sports programme, which is the largest soccer camp operator in the USA and Canada. Reflecting the community focus of the programme, on average Glasgow’s 20 Coach Core Trainees have delivered a total of 1500 hours of sport in their community every month and support over 20 voluntary sports clubs to increase the number of sports sessions delivered within local communities.
All of these efforts have meant that the clubs have seen an increase in the capacity, allowing them to attend local and city-wide events to showcase their sport. Recruitment for Coach Core 2 has started in London and is due to start in August for Glasgow.