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3 April 2018

Apprentices have gained invaluable skills working in various community settings across Wigan during the 18-month scheme.

  • Apprenticeship programme enables students to gain industry skills.
  • Qualifications include FA coaching badges and an NVQ Level 3.
  • USW Football Coaching Degree run in partnership with EFL Trust.

Following the completion of their apprenticeship programme, four second year apprentices will be continuing their studies on the University of South Wales’ Football Coaching Degree while the other has secured a full-time job.

The 18-month long apprenticeship, aimed at 16-18 years old, has enabled them to gain the skills to succeed in industry by completing qualifications such as FA coaching badges, NVQ Level 3 in PE and School Sport and Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness, while also gaining valuable experience working in a variety of different community settings across Wigan.

Alongside the academic element of the USW degree, which is run in partnership with the EFL Trust, students will complete up to 200 hours of voluntary coaching within the community, helping them to embed and develop the coaching techniques learnt within lectures.

Tom Little, 18, said: “Studying an apprenticeship with Wigan Athletic has been one of the best experiences ever because coaching is a real passion of mine. To be able to have developed my skills with my local club and the team I support has been brilliant.

He added: “I’ve really enjoyed going into schools and learning every day from the coaches at the Trust. I’m now looking forward to starting my degree and know that I definitely wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for the apprenticeship programme.”

For more information about the education courses, please email Education Officer Adam Sherratt at or call 01942 318090.

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