Alex started his apprenticeship with Nottingham Forest Community Trust when he was 16 years-old, he studied with us gaining a Coach Core Apprenticeship in Sports Coaching. He decided that he wanted to do an apprenticeship because he went to college for 6 months however, decided it wasn’t right for him. Alex said he wanted to earn money whilst gaining a qualification at the same time, he also wanted to do something he enjoyed and would be able to progress in.

Alex said he learnt a lot from his experience being an apprentice, specifically learning how to deliver sessions throughout the community to a range of different age and participant groups, over a variety of different sessions and projects. Alex said the experience really helped him to gain confidence and it wasn’t just an academically beneficial experience to him. He said “I gained a range of different skills that helped me develop as a person, that aren’t just valuable to coaching.”

Being an apprentice has helped Alex in many aspects, especially in developing his career. Alex said “Nottingham Forest Community Trust has given me the opportunity to start a career and created a pathway for me into sports coaching. The trust has given me the platform to learn and develop as a coach”.

Throughout his time at Nottingham Forest Community Trust, Alex has gained the following qualifications;

  • FA Level 1
  • FA Level 2 (working towards)
  • Level 2 multi-sports
  • Level 2 gym instructor (through apprenticeship)
  • IOA Level 2 in active leisure (through apprenticeship)
  • NVQ Level 2 in sports leadership (through apprenticeship)

Alex started out as an apprentice coach, due to his commitment and hard work he is now a Community Coach at the Trust. His responsibilities now include, planning and leading sessions across all of our programmes such as Football Development our and Premier League programmes. Overall, Alex said he would really recommend a sporting apprenticeship to any one who is interested in sport but unsure what they want to do exactly, he said “It is a valuable experience that has allowed me to progress my career, to deliver to a wide range of participants and many different programmes”.

In the future Alex said he would “Continue to learn and develop at Nottingham Forest Community Trust and have a successful career as a coach and in the football industry”.

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