FA Women’s Football Apprentices prepare for the year ahead

AoC Sport, in partnership with The Football Association, recently hosted a three-day orientation programme to prepare the FA Women’s Football Apprentices for the year ahead.

The apprentices will be employed by colleges working through AoC Sport, for the  2018/19 academic year. The aim of the programme is to support The FA in doubling female participation but also to develop our future football workforce.

Each apprentice is tasked with engaging female participants and leaders across the college sector and within the local community.

The residential at The University of Nottingham involved various personal development workshops, as well as reflection and team building activities.

FA Women’s Football Apprentice, Semwezi Mutalindwa from Hartpury College, said: “The past few days have been really good for me personally because it has taken me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to interact with people I wouldn’t normally meet or have the confidence to talk to.

“It’s all about getting to know each other as we’re all on this journey together.”

The apprentices were treated to some inspirational words by The FA’s Director of Women’s Football, Baroness Sue Campbell, as well as England Lioness Laura Bassett , who shared her experiences, how she overcame challenges and how the Lionesses use their team values to achieve success.

Baroness Campbell said: “The FA Women’s Football Apprentice programme is really important to us. It’s about taking young people on a journey and helping them shape the game for the future.”

Each apprentice received a personal development compass to support their development over the next 12 months.

AoC Sport worked with Selena Creighton LTD and The Media Group to produce workbooks to develop the apprentices’ personal and professional skillsets to make them more employable.

If you have any queries about The FA’s Women’s Football Apprentice’s, please contact Lindsey.Whitton@aoc.co.uk


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