Apprenticeships

Over 30 years Walsall FC Community Programme has run a very successful Apprenticeship Programme, in its varying guises since 1989.  Over 85% of our staff, including the current Community Director Adam Davy who joined the Club in 1994, have progressed through an Apprenticeship programme.

The programme has three new 1st Year Sports Coaching Apprentices this year, with a further two now in their second year, as well as our first ever Digital Marketing Apprentice working on WFCCP’s marketing and social media.

“Our apprenticeships scheme goes from strength to strength. We believe it is a fantastic opportunity, and also a key part of Walsall FC Community Programme’s success in recent years”.

– Adam Davy,  Community Director, joined WFCCP as an Apprentice in 1994

Our Sports Apprentices complete the most up to date industry standard qualifications and our staff deliver Health, Education, Engagement and Sport programmes through our inclusive and diverse range of activities.

Apprentices also complete their FA Coaching Badges during their time at the Club.  The experiences and qualifications gained enable Apprentices to apply for full time jobs with our Community Programme or within the Sports Industry.

“I really enjoyed my time as an Apprentice. I worked hard to gain experience and pass my qualifications. When a position became available, I was eager to apply and really pleased to begin full-time employment at Walsall FC.  I’d encourage young people to consider Apprenticeships if they enjoy practical learning and want to work in the sports industry.”

– Joe Roberts,  Assistant Community Officer,  joined WFCCP as an Apprentice in 2016

Over the years we have seen many young people who have completed the Apprenticeship programme and have gone on to progress further.              These include;

Harry Rogers – 3 years apprenticeship – 2 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Sports coach at a local Primary School.

James Sellman – 2 years apprenticeship – 6 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Sports coach at a local Primary School.

Simon Bailey – 2 years apprenticeship – 4 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Sports coach at a local Primary School.

Dan Johns – 2 years apprenticeship – 4 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Sports coach at a local Primary School.

Adam Haywood – 2 years apprenticeship – 3 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Sports coach at a local Primary School.

Christopher Hearsey – 2 years apprenticeship – 3 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Learning Mentor and teacher qualified status.

Jamie Hawkins – 2 years apprenticeship – 10 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Community Manager at a High School

Jamie Edwards – 2 years apprenticeship – 6 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Coaching for New York Red Bulls and running his own sports business in New York, USA.

James Fryer – 2 years apprenticeship – 2 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Strength and Conditioning Coach at Local Sports Centre.

James Holland – 2 years apprenticeship – Progressed to Coaching with The Albion Foundation.

John Hunter-Barret – 2 years apprenticeship – 2 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Lead Foundation Coach at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Katie Grainger – 2 years apprenticeship – 2 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Coaching with The Albion Foundation.

Chris Shepherd – 2 years apprenticeship – 1 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to teacher at local High School.

Luke Tisdale – 1 year apprenticeship – Progressed to Foundation Degree at university and Lead Youth Phase Coach at Coventry City.

Scott Sumner – 2 years apprenticeship – 4 years employment with WFCCP – Progressed to Sports Coach at a local Primary School.