Callen’s Traineeship Journey

Our Traineeship Programme is a fantastic opportunity for people aged 16-24 to gain work experience and learn new skills, offering career pathways in the industry of your choice. The 12-week programme is committed to making young people more employable and can help those unsure of their career path.

We recently caught up with Callen, a former trainee, to find out how the programme had benefitted him.

Callen said: “I completed my Sports Coaching Traineeship in February of 2021. I’d finished my A-levels and then lockdown came about. I’d been stuck in a rut doing nothing, but I’d been looking for stuff to just improve myself and get back out into the world. During my work placement at the Foundation, I worked with the 16-18 year-old BTEC players and worked on half-term camps with kids. The Traineeship helped me become more confident, made me more outgoing, it gave me a better grasp of what real life is actually like and how it is to work in a professional environment. It also made me a better coach and I know I’ve worked within more facets of the game than I had before.”

Callen has now had the opportunity to work with us alongside his studies.

“After completing the Traineeship Programme, I got employed by the Foundation doing part-time work. I’ve worked matchdays and football camps, I’ve worked with the BTEC squads and I’m currently studying Coaching on the Foundation Degree. It’s given me the opportunity to work with different demographics as I’ve worked with SEN groups, the over 50’s doing walking football, amputee football, Rainbow Blades, all sorts really. The Foundation helped me get my Level One FA badge and I’ve just started my UEFA C course too. I definitely recommend the programme to anyone thinking about it, it’s a good way to improve your confidence, gain more social skills and it can provide work like it has for me.”

Our next Traineeship begins on Monday 5th June, click here for more information and to register your interest.