Little League Sports helping young people to achieve their dream of becoming a professional
Students in the town weighing up whether to go on to sixth form, find an apprenticeship or look for full-time work have an alternative on the door step.
Liverpool-based Little League Sports, which provides FA coaching qualifications and NVQs through 1st4Sport, helping young people to achieve their dream of becoming a professional sports coach, is running post-GCSE courses at the University Church of England Academy.
A spokesperson said: “You don’t have to have been a keen footballer to sign up for a coaching qualification.
“At the end of the course coaches may earn the opportunity to secure an apprenticeship with Little League Sports, earning money to deliver training at football camps and in schools.”
Little League sports director Joe Mulhearn believes the chance to earn coaching qualifications offers a unique opportunity.
“The training we provide can open up the world to young people,” he said.
“Through the relationships and reputation for quality education we have built we have been able to send student coaches who may never have been abroad to coach in Europe, the USA, South America and Africa.
“But most importantly we have opened up to them the possibility of achieving more.
“With the qualifications we provide coaches can get on a pathway to the professional game or working in football club academies.
“They can coach young teams or school groups or they can travel and take their skills all over the world.”
Launched five years ago, the firm sends trained coaches out to deliver programmes in 50 primary and secondary schools across Merseyside and offers training programmes for coaches in 10 sixth form colleges, schools and academies.
They have recently completed a partnership deal with the Liverpool FC Foundation to provide coaching in schools under a joint banner.
“To be asked to work with such a big name shows that our coaches are delivering a high standard of training that is being noted within football,” said Joe.
“The coaches we train are grasping the chance to learn and improve with both hands and that is going to open a lot of doors for them in the future.”
Details on the training courses Little League Sports provides are available by emailing email@example.com.