National Apprentices Week is celebrated between 6th-10th March
An apprenticeship with Wigan Athletic Community Trust has presented 19 year-old Lucy Carrigg with a number of “different experiences and exciting opportunities”.
Lucy completed her 18 month apprenticeship with the Community Trust last year, and has worked closely alongside Girls Football Officer Steph Greensill to enhance opportunities for young girls in Wigan.
She is now one of nine apprentices who has gone on to study a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development at the University of South Wales, which is run in partnership with the EFL Trust.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6th-10th March), an event that brings together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships, Wigan Athletic spoke to Lucy to discuss her experiences.
She said: “My time as an apprentice with the Community Trust was really good because I had so many different experiences and exciting opportunities.
“I worked closely with Steph Greensill, Girls Football Officer, and did lots of work in that area, before linking up with other projects too which varied things for me.
“The most enjoyable part of the apprenticeship was working with young girls and getting them involved in football and sport.”
Lucy is now urging more girls in Wigan to follow their footballing passion and take up the Community Trust’s apprenticeship programme.
“I’ve always played football and have always liked the game so I saw the advert for the apprenticeship online and it really interested me, especially the fact it was with the Club too.
“You get lads who sometimes say girls can’t do this and can’t do that, but I’ve proven that I can which means any other girl can too.
“My advice to girls who are thinking about doing an apprenticeship with a sports club would be to just got and do it. Don’t let anyone stop you because it’s what you want to do at the end of the day, so just have the confidence to go and do it.”
She is now hoping her hard work and dedication will pay off once she completes her degree, and is aiming as high as possible.
“The degree is going well but it’s hard work at the same time. It’s important I keep on top of the work but I’m really enjoying it.
“I’ve got to keep going with it and hopefully it’ll all be worth it in the end. I’d like to get as many qualifications as possible and just keep going higher really.