Two young gymnasts from Surrey have taken their first steps into full-time coaching thanks to the British Gymnastics Apprenticeship Programme.
Brenden and Katie, from Silvermere Gymnastics Academy, join over 100 learners who have come through the Apprenticeship Programme and either taken up working positions at their gymnastics club or gone onto further learning at university.
Their success comes after what has been a difficult last few months for the sport due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Commenting on her experience, Katie said: “I found my apprenticeship challenging at times but also so rewarding. I was able to learn a variety of different skills along the way and use them every day at the gym.
“Because of Covid-19, I haven’t been able to go into the workplace in recent months so I’ve had to find an alternative way around delivering sessions via video to keep gymnasts involved and engaged when not being with them.
“I feel more confident in myself as a coach and I am now going full time with Silvermere doing coaching, admin and serving in the café.
Run in partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College, the Apprenticeship Programme provides clubs and individuals the opportunity to create full-time careers in gymnastics, supporting the development of young coaches who are already invested in the sport.
For clubs, taking on an apprentice through the Apprenticeship Programme provides the opportunity to:
- Offer a more diverse range of classes
- Improve staff retention
- Train an individual within their gymnastics environment and develop a better understanding of their club’s operations and ethos
“The British Gymnastics Apprenticeship Programme has been of huge value to both our coaches and our club,” says Katie De La Rosa, Silvermere Gymnastics Academy Club Manager and Apprenticeships Mentor.
“It has allowed us to offer a fantastic and formative introduction to what a full-time role looks like within a gymnastics club and has allowed the apprentices to become confident in many different aspects of club management.”
Over the 18 month programme, the apprentices have been doing on-the-job training within their club environment whilst also completing learning outside of their club. Apprentices can choose to study for either the Level 2 Community Activator Coach Standard (which includes a funded Level 1 or Level 2 coaching course in a gymnastics discipline), a Level 3 Sport Development Framework or an Apprenticeship in Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer.
“This apprenticeship has really opened my eyes to a lot of new ways of working,” Brenden added. “It has given me so many ideas that I can now implement into the club, for example, going into care homes and delivering sessions for the elderly.
“It has also made me think more about the quality and diversity in our club and working hard to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunity as everyone else.”
Applications for this year’s Apprenticeship Programme is ongoing and rolling. Some clubs may be eligible for an additional employer incentive of up to £2,000 if your apprentice starts before 31st March 2021.
For more information about this and the Apprenticeship Programme, please contact email@example.com.