Launched in 2016 in partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College, the programme’s second year is now well under way with 28 gymnastics enthusiasts developing their skills as part of the Apprenticeship Programme.
Our aim is to provide both gymnastics clubs and individuals with the opportunity of a full time career in the sport, whilst increasing the number of skilled and qualified coaches and club managers within British Gymnastics registered clubs.
British Gymnastics Head of Learning and Development, Julie Haydon said: "National Apprenticeship Week highlights that apprenticeship programmes can be an excellent foundation on which an individual can build a successful career in our sport. Our programme is a great example of how we can support the continued demand for qualified coaches and club management."
Current courses available include;
Coaching Pathway, designed for individuals who wish to begin a full-time career in coaching gymnastics.
Club and Development Business Pathway, designed for individuals wanting to begin a full-time career in club and business development / administration.
Alfie Tolcher started his L2 Activity Leadership Apprenticeship in September and said: "It’s fun and it’s allowed me to meet loads of different people from different clubs from all over the country that are doing a similar thing.
"This year will allow me to get my Level 2 in coaching, but I also want to gain more experience in coaching and to take on more responsibility."
Chloe Boyce began her Apprenticeship in 2016 and has decided to stay on for a second year within the BG Apprenticeship Programme to continue developing her skills, moving from a level two in Leisure Operations to a Level three in Leisure Management: "I found the first year really beneficial and I wanted to carry on furthering myself, to broaden what I can do.
"My end goal is to become a better coach but also to help the club I’m at become bigger and better."
In the first six months of the programme, Business Administration apprentice Leah Clayton has already picked up some important skills: "We’ve looked at things you wouldn’t normally think of such as ‘do we have enough of something?’, ‘is the space big enough?’, ‘do we need to do more to improve how we use our space?’ In that sense it’s been really useful already."
Find out more about the British Gymnastics Apprenticeship Programme and register your interest now to be the first to hear when applications open. To register your interest prior to applications opening in March, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and state which pathway you're interested in.