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25 September 2018

Emily joined the Community Trust as a trainee and has recently started her 18-month apprenticeship with the charity.

  • Emily joined the Community Trust as a trainee earlier this year.
  • She is now an apprentice sports coach after completing the traineeship.
  • Scheme offers placements in business, media, sports coaching and more.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s traineeship programme – aimed at 16 to 24 year olds – is designed to enhance the skills and experiences of unemployed young people across Wigan and Leigh, making them better prepared for further education or employment.

One young person to benefit from the scheme is 20-year-old Emily Price, who has recently started an 18-month apprenticeship with the Community Trust following the completion of the traineeship in Summer 2018.

A keen coach with a passion for sport, Emily helped to deliver PE lessons in local primary schools as part of the traineeship, an experience she describes as being ‘vital’ in her development.  

She said: “I started the traineeship earlier this year and didn’t know a lot about it beforehand. I knew I wanted to coach because sport is something I love, so to be given that opportunity by Latics was a real honour for me.

“I was a little bit worried about it all at first though and was somewhat wary because I’d never really coached much before, but the more I got involved in activities the more comfortable I got.

“The traineeship is one of the best things I’ve done. It helped me to develop my confidence skills, and just being able to shadow the coaches allowed me to pick up new skills and learn ways to adapt different sessions, which was vital.

“It’s brilliant to be involved with the club and I’m inspired to be part of the Community Trust because of the positive impact it has on so many local people.”

A traineeship also offers opportunities in fields such as business administration, media and hospitality, and includes Maths and English functional skills, access to qualifications, job application support, Wigan Athletic kit and bursaries.

“I met some great people on the traineeship and it’s not all about sport because you can go down so many different paths, which makes the programme an appealing one.

“If it wasn’t for the traineeship I’d probably still be trying to find my way into the sports industry, so I’d definitely recommend it because it brought me a lot of pride.”

Upon completing the traineeship, Emily successfully gained a place on the Trust’s apprenticeship scheme in September 2018, joining five other young people on the project.

“I knew I wanted to continue with my studies so thought the apprenticeship would be an ideal thing for me to apply for. I’ve loved every minute of it so far and enjoy visiting schools and working with children.

“I’m ambitious so when I finish my apprenticeship I’d like to study a USW sports degree (University of South Wales), but my long-term aim is to one day get a UEFA Pro Licence, I really want that.”

Please call Wigan Athletic Community Trust Volunteer Co-ordinator Josh Harris on 01942 318090 or email for more information about the traineeship programme.

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