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CFS: apprentice wanted

25 November 2013

Level Three Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development

During the 2012-13 season, AFC Wimbledon's Community Football Scheme ran their first apprenticeship programme and following its successful completion, we are now looking to recruit another apprentice to join our close knit and hard-working team.


If you are aged 16 – 19 and would like to earn money as well as a nationally recognised qualification that can lead on to a university place, this fantastic opportunity could be for you.


About the apprenticeship:


You will be employed by the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme (soon to be converted to the AFC Wimbledon Foundation, which will act as the charitable arm of the football club) on a 30 hour per week contract for 1 year beginning Jan 2014, based at AFC Wimbledon’s stadium near Kingston upon Thames (KT1 3PB).


Your working hours will be spent organising, planning and coaching a variety of local community programmes and football/multi-sport sessions. You will be put through your FA Level 1 coaching badge to assist you with this. You will also be required to assist with the day-to-day management tasks required to ensure the smooth operation of the department, and also to help out in other football club departments as and when required.


Further to this you will also be required to complete the educational aspect of the apprenticeship, which is taught via an online learning platform with assistance from a dedicated tutor from our partners at Virtual Learning UK. This will be done both in office hours, and in your own time.


About you:


We are looking for candidates who possess the following attributes/skills:

        ·Hard working (essential)

        ·Reliable (essential)

        ·Confident (essential)

        ·Able to multi-task (essential)

        ·Flexible (essential)

        ·Computer literate (essential)

        ·Energetic, happy and fun-loving (essential)

        ·5 GCSE’s at grade A – E with one being sport-related (essential)

        ·Coaching experience (desirable)

        ·Driving licence and own transport (desirable)


Our last apprentice Charlie Jones (pictured far left in the above photograph with Neil Cox, Neal Ardley and Simon Bassey), said the placement proved to be hugely beneficial to his coaching development.


“The past year has been a fantastic experience for me. Not only have I achieved a great qualification but I have learnt so much about what is required to run a successful football club department. I feel that my organisation, confidence, and social skills have improved hugely and I now have great foundations to build upon in my future career.


“I started the apprenticeship at the age of 16 after leaving school and straight from day one I was involved with helping the community team to launch new coaching programmes and deliver coaching sessions to schools. I also got involved with coaching children at the Saturday morning club at Wimbledon Park. Working with Paul (CFS manager) and Michael (CFS administrator) has been a big help because it has taught me how important teamwork is in delivering coaching sessions. I hope to achieve a level two coaching qualification and then start the UEFA B standard when I am 20, which is the minimum age for starting that.


 “I am an AFC Wimbledon fan and it has been great for me to work at the club that I support. As well as the coaching aspect, it has been interesting to see what goes on at the football club on a daily basis. I would recommend this apprenticeship to anybody.”


How to apply:

 , stating what you can offer the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme, and why you should be the candidate selected. Please ensure you write “Apprenticeship Application” in the subject line.ApprenticeshipPlease e-mail a one page application letter to the club by clicking on 


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