New sports coaches land employment

THREE Blyth teenagers are celebrating after becoming qualified sports coaches.

Katrina Dixon, Jemma Halliday and Anthony Young are now able to provide activities for youngsters in Blyth after completing a range of coaching qualifications in addition to an NVQ Level 2 in sport and activity leadership.

Employed through Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure (BVAL), the team of apprentices spent the working week leading and assisting activities in schools and the local community, with one morning a week dedicated to coaching theory at TyneMet College.

Lee Paris, of BVAL, said: “The key for our apprentices has been a strong leadership between BVAL, TyneMet College and, of course, the learners themselves.

“All three have worked extremely hard and their enthusiasm towards sport has rubbed off on the young people they have worked with.”

Since completing their apprenticeships, Jemma has gone on to become a dance coach in Blyth whilst Katrina and Anthony have found paid work delivering trampolining, archery and multi-sport sessions.

Anthony now has aspirations to become a fitness instructor in the armed forces, and is looking at completing the necessary Gym Instruction Level 2 award.

BVAL’s sports coach apprenticeship scheme has been funded by Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s National Apprenticeship Programme.