Prince's Trust

Young people who are into football but out of work can ‘get started’ with a helping hand from Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.

Rovers team up with the Prince’s Trust for the 'Get Started with Football’ scheme, which provides youngsters who are not in education, employment or training, with their first steps onto the coaching ladder.

The week-long course gives young people from the local community the opportunity to achieve an 'Introduction to Football Coaching' certificate, and also a qualification in Emergency First Aid. The group also participate in workshops that help to raise awareness of issues such as child protection, sexual health and issues relating to drug and alcohol misuse.

In previous years, the weeks have ended with the youngsters leading various safe and structured coaching sessions with Year 6 pupils from local primary schools, such as Griffin Park. Participants have also taken part in a football tournament with the Creative Support football team.

As a result of participation on the week long training course, some of the young people involved have been signposted to various volunteer coaching opportunities within the community, along with some of the young people signing up to the Trust's newly launched Futsal and Education Scholarship.

Andrew McNally, Princes Trust project leader, said: "This has been a fantastic course packed with loads of information and qualifications. There are lots of opportunities for the young people involved. Using the brand of the Club and the expertise of the Trust of engaging with young people, the programme proved a great success with a lot of positive outcomes."

The next programme is scheduled to take place from Monday 7th March to Friday 11th March at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, plus a taster session at the same venue on Thursday 3rd March.

For More Information

For more information or to book a place, please contact Janice Bradley on janice.bradley@princes-trust.org.uk, phone or text BRFC to 07506 692154.

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