The traineeship programme – aimed at 16-24 year olds – is designed to enhance the skills and experiences of unemployed young people, making them better prepared for further education and employment.
Thousands of young people, including Emily Price, have got their careers off to a flying start thanks to the traineeship programme.
Since completing the traineeship in summer 2018 with Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Emily started an 18-month apprenticeship with the Club.
Emily, who is a keen coach, with a huge passion for sport, helped deliver PE lessons in local primary schools as a part of the traineeship and states that this has been a ‘vital’ part of her development.
She said: “I’ve had a huge passion for sport since I was a little girl. I knew I really wanted to get into coaching, so to be given the opportunity by Latics was a real honour for me.
“I was a little worried about it all at first though 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 ever done. It helped me to develop my confidence skills, and just being able to shadow the coaches and work with children from different backgrounds, allowed me to pick up new skills and learn ways to adapt to different sessions, which was vital.”
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, Club 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 I 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.”
Last year, Wigan Athletic were named North West EFL Community Club of the Year and were recognised alongside five other regional winners at Parliament for their outstanding work in the community.
Emily was chosen to represent the Latics as a part of the event and showcased her fantastic story. Talking about the award and being involved in the event, she said:
“Wigan Athletic Community Trust provides so much to the community. I’m so inspired to be a part of it because of the positive impact it has on so many local people.
“We are all very proud and overwhelmed that the hard work has been recognised with this award.”
To find out more about traineeships visit: https://www.efltrust.com/projects/traineeships/