More apprentices wanted for work in football

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MORE young people are being recruited for an innovative scheme pioneered by Needham Market Football Club which offers younsters the chance to get work in the football world.

SkillsActive, in conjunction with WS Training based in Great Barton, runs the apprenticeship programme which offers placements at Ipswich Town FC, Needham Market FC and Suffolk Football Association.

The apprentices train for NVQ qualifications while earning at the clubs, learning footballing, coaching, administraion and football development skills.

The first scheme obtained apprenticeships for 40 young people in Suffolk and 22 of these have been working at Needham and have formed the core of its reserve team.

Danny Laws, club manager, said: “It has exceeded our expectations.

“The apprentices are well motivated and the scheme has run smoothly in partnership with WS Training and we are all working together sharing good practice.”

WS Training has been able to access Government funding for the placements as well as providing help with academic and vocational training.

Among apprentices who have benefited is Elliot Jarrold, 16, from Needham Market who is centre forward with Needham reserves.

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