The Leeds United Foundation has supported a group of 12 Princes Trust learners through their first coaching qualification to boost their chances of employment in sport and leisure.
The learners, aged between 17 and 24, were recruited by the Princes Trust at an Elland Road Taster Day and took part in an FA Level 1 Coaching course during an intensive week long programme delivered by FA tutor Chris Coates and Education Projects Manager Alan Scorfield. Alan said “Although we have worked with The Princes Trust a number of times in the past, this is the first time we have delivered a level 1 course in a week. It has been hard work but all of the young people taking part have done extremely well.”
The combination of classroom based learning and practical activities successfully supported the learners in achieving the coaching certificate which forms the first rung on the ladder to becoming a professional coach. Many of the young people involved have identified opportunities for progression with two being offered places on the Leeds United Foundation Futsal Scholarship Programme.
Jamie Broadhead, one of the successful new coaches said “Its been a dream to be involved with The Leeds United Foundation. Hopefully this will be the start of something really positive for me.” Jamie and his fellow course members are pictured below.
Young Coaches from The Princes Trust
Caroline Davis of the Princes Trust said, “It has been great for the young people to come to Elland Road and the support of The Leeds United Foundation has been fantastic. We are planning to build on this experience and offer chances like this to more young people in the future.”
Certificates for the week were presented by Leeds United defender Leigh Bromby who congratulated the learners on their efforts. Leigh signed autographs for the young people afterwards and was very complimentary about their achievement. “These young people have demonstrated what can be achieved with a positive attitude and a commitment to hard work. They have a long and exciting career ahead of them if they can continue this success” said Leigh
For more information about Princes Trust and other courses please call Alan Scorfield on 0113 367 6015. For more information on The Leeds United Foundation Futsal Scholarship call Michael Kinsey on 0113 367 6341.