Bristol City gains coaching programme backing
BRISTOL City's shirt sponsors Blackthorn are sewing the seeds of future talent at the club by backing a new coaching programme.
The cider maker will be funding the Community Trust's Coaches Education Programme which enables bursaries for aspiring young coaches. The Trust, a registered charity, will offer a programme of courses and workshops designed to meet the needs of coaches of all abilities.
They have also recently set up a partnership with the local job centre. Young people who have signed on and are not in education, employment or training. They are then referred to the Community Trust for a two-week course that develops their teamwork, communication, problem-solving and leadership skills. It includes a 'principles of coaching' course, employability skills and personal effectiveness qualification.
Once they have completed the course, they are given the opportunity to apply for a paid 'match day' role at the club.
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Lee Veale, from the Bristol City Community Trust said: "I've been running these coaching programmes for a few years now but, with Blackthorn's support, we're able to reach really deprived areas where attending the Coaches Education Programme would be a pipe dream. What's even more exciting is that this is just the beginning."