Colchester United Community Sports Trust's (CUCST) apprentices are putting their hard work to the test by providing support to a range of community projects as they near the end of their training.

Over the past year a group of young people have been taking part in the Trust's apprenticeship programme which entails studying for their Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership as well as FA Level 1, and potentially Level 2, coaching badges.

Nearing the end of the course the apprentices are offering dedicated support to children taking part in the 'Playing for Success' programme plus assisting with stadium visits for local schools, leading football tournaments and supporting team building activities.

They have also helped out at a 'Lads and Dads' event to celebrate Men's Health Week, supported the Healthy for Life team at a Colchester 2020 event and have helped out on both the 'Let's Cook' and 'Healthy Together' programmes.

Jeanette East, CUCST's Education Manager, said: "The apprentices are really part of the CUCST team helping us to work with local neighbourhoods to change lives and communities through sport. The scheme is all about developing the next generation of community coaches.

"By supporting these young people and giving them the opportunity to try their hand at a wide variety of roles within the Trust we have helped them to prepare for the world of work and gain a qualification at the same time.

"They have made a brilliant start to their coaching careers, not only when it comes to football, but in a multitude of other sports and have worked with players of all levels right from primary school pupils to those taking part in our advanced coaching programmes. We look forward to seeing how they continue to develop in their careers over the coming months and years."

For more information about Colchester United Community Sports Trust or for interviews with the apprentices, contact Clare Urwin on 07905 244281.

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