Hartpury College is continuing its work as a key partner on a national scheme aimed at driving up female participation in football.
For the fourth year in a row, Hartpury has been announced as one of 12 colleges to host the Football Association’s Women’s Football Apprentice – part of the FA’s women’s football strategy, ‘The Gameplan for Growth.’
The Women’s Football Development Officer (apprentice) at Hartpury will benefit from an enhanced focus on providing football-based opportunities, such as in coaching, refereeing and playing, for girls and young women aged 14 to 19.
The exciting position – for which applications are now open – has been extended from a one-year to a two-year appointment.
The move will provide more opportunities for students at Hartpury to gain valuable industry experience ahead of a potential career in football.
Jenny Arroud, Sports Development Manager at Hartpury College, said: “Following the launch of our Women’s Football Academy in 2016, the Women’s Football Development Officer (apprentice) has been a fantastic fit to help grow female participation and aspirations within football.
“It’s fantastic news that Hartpury has, again, been selected to be part of a national programme, not just for us as an organisation but for the apprentice.
“The apprentice will have access to some amazing personal development opportunities delivered by industry professionals, while enhancing their CV and working towards completion of a Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer Apprenticeship.
“For example, our current apprentice – Skye Smith – has had opportunities to enhance her coaching portfolio by assisting with the Women’s Football Academy at Hartpury.
“Skye has developed her managerial skills by arranging a female-only football tournament that gave 51 girls, across eight teams, competitive opportunities to represent their school
“All of Skye’s hard work has culminated towards her being nominated to be one of 60 young football leaders to be part of the FA’s prestigious Leadership Academy 2020, which is a fantastic achievement.”
Since 2017, Hartpury has encouraged more than 400 girls and young women to take their initial steps into football and worked with 11 primary schools within the local area, through the apprentice scheme.
Jenny added: “Being a host college demonstrates the culture that we instil within our students here at Hartpury.
“We’ve built some really strong partnerships with local schools and regularly deliver football sessions with them.
“The fact that a number of the sessions are delivered by our students on a voluntary basis showcases the versatility, prowess and industry capability that Hartpury instils in its students.
“I’m really proud that external organisations see value in the efforts that we’re making to ensure that our students are at the heart of football at Hartpury.”
For more information about the apprentice scheme, email Jenny Arroud, Sports Development Manager at Hartpury, on email@example.com
Photo: Current apprentice Skye Smith (centre) with girls at the football tournament she organised