A group of North Lanarkshire young people are on the road to success after completing the Get into Sport and Leisure programme with The Prince’s Trust Scotland and Motherwell FC.
The twelve young people spent six weeks at Motherwell Football Club training and developing skills relating to sport and leisure as well as achieving a series of recognised accreditation. Eight young people have secured employment with the club and a further four are receiving continued work experience.
The young people received an excellent introduction to a career in the sport and leisure industry, covering all aspects from sports coaching and grounds keeping to hospitality and administration. The young people have also achieved a range of qualifications including Scottish Football Association Coaching Badges 1, 2 and 3, EqualSkills IT certificate, First Aid certificate, Community Sports Leader Award and participated in anti-sectarianism workshops.
In addition, the young people received valuable work experience with Motherwell Football Club, covering a range of business areas as well as coaching in local community sport centres.
The young people recently marked their achievements with a celebration event at the club for family and friends, where Motherwell Football Club’s Chief Executive Leeann Dempster and SPL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster addressed the guests.
Heather Gray, Director of The Prince’s Trust Scotland also attended the event and commented: “I am delighted the first Get into Sport and Leisure programme delivered in North Lanarkshire has been such a success. The combination of practical experience and industry qualifications has clearly given the young people a chance to excel and a real opportunity to get on the career ladder.
“There has never been a more pressing need to provide sustainable learning and development opportunities to young people. By working in partnership with Motherwell Football Club and the North Lanarkshire More Choices more Chances Partnership Group and pooling our knowledge and expertise, we are giving young people the best chance possible for a positive future.”
[pullquote]Motherwell Football Club through our Community Trust is committed to using the power of football and in particular the community focus of the club to fundamentally change the lives of people for the better.[/pullquote]
Jane Liddell, Head of Education Quality and Development at North Lanarkshire Council added: “We are delighted that Scotland’s first Get Into Sport and Leisure programme took place here in North Lanarkshire and had such positive outcomes for our young people. We are employing a range of strategies to ensure that at a time when youth unemployment is at an all time high, young people in North Lanarkshire receive the best guidance, training, support and opportunities to access the jobs that do exist. Our partnership with Motherwell FC and The Prince’s Trust has gone from strength to strength and the outstanding success of this programme is testament to that.”
Leeann Dempster, Chief Executive of Motherwell Football Club further added, “Motherwell Football Club through our Community Trust is committed to using the power of football and in particular the community focus of the club to fundamentally change the lives of people for the better.
“We have been delighted to work with The Prince’s Trust and the young people on Get into Sport and Leisure and we are really pleased to offer them employment opportunities with the Community Trust, many of them as community officers where they will be working across a range of health and wellbeing, and coaching initiatives.”
The Get into Sport and Leisure programme was supported by the North Lanarkshire Partnership, the Wood Family Trust and the European Social Fund.
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