Sports coaching apprenticeships
For 16 - 19 year olds

In our new series featuring industry sectors offering apprenticeships we'll be giving you greater insight in to the kind of roles available out there for young people. This follows on from our article about which employers in Surrey take on apprentices in the last issue of Parents' Pages.

First up is sports coaching and, in particular, Soccer Coaching Limited (SCL), one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport.

An apprenticeship in sports coaching could be a great option for young people who have an enthusiasm for sport, determination and an ability to inspire and motivate others. And the National Careers Service estimates that there will be almost 10% more people employed in this industry by 2020.

Sports coaches work across a wide range of areas including schools, health clubs, leisure centres and for sports teams, either nationally or internationally. Some of the responsibilities of a sports coach include designing and delivering activities and programmes, providing feedback on performance and providing support at competitions or events. It may also involve the opportunity to travel.

Soccer Coaching Limited
Each year SCL delivers sports and activity-based programmes to over 1 million school children, and educates and develops the skills of young people through apprenticeships. They employ over 150 full-time employees and pride themselves on being a great place to work.

SCLs Operations Director Marcus Headington explains,

“With the government’s commitment to increase youth sport participation and its continued investment in apprenticeships, there has never been a better time for sports coaching companies, specialising in school sport and PE, to up skill their team and take on new teaching and coaching staff to help expand their school sport delivery.

“Apprenticeships are an integral part of SCLs team development and company growth plans. Each year we provide opportunities for 15-20 sports coach apprentices, of which 50-60% go on to full-time employment with the company and the remainder either going on to higher education, scholarships abroad or employment elsewhere. To be able to train, develop and qualify staff, whilst also building their experience working alongside our coaching team, is hugely beneficial. Apprentices not only become proficient and confident in what they do, but they also learn how SCL operates as a company and how we meet the needs of our customers.”

Find out more
For more information about SCL, visit

To find out more about apprenticeships visit the Young people and apprenticeships page on the Surrey County Council website or where you can see case studies, get details about the top 100 national apprenticeship employers and help your teenager search for an apprenticeship that’s right for them.

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