This September, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) and the Harlequins Foundation entered into an exciting new partnership to deliver the Community Activator Coach Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship offers a unique opportunity to receive training from professional Harlequin coaches and experienced teachers from RuTC.
A Community Activator Coach Apprentice will promote, deliver and coach fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help communities keep a physically active lifestyle. Apprentices will work with an employer for 80% of their apprenticeship, with 20% dedicated to shared training between Harlequins and RuTC.
With five apprentices recruited to this new and unique programme, Harlequins and RuTC intend to grow the programme. This year’s new recruits spent the first day on their apprenticeship at Harlequins Stoop on a guided tour and held and took photos of the Gallagher Premiership trophy, which Harlequins won in June and the Allianz Premier trophy, won by the women’s team.
Harlequins Foundation Manager said: “We’re delighted to be delivering our apprenticeship programme, in partnership with Richmond upon Thames College. The programme offers young people, who want to pursue a career in sport the opportunity to gain experience, vital qualifications and get paid, all at the same time. Young people who complete the programme will leave with recognised qualifications as well as the confidence they need to become great coaches. We’re immensely proud to be delivering this programme and providing young people with the opportunity to acquire the Essential Skills and they need to succeed in the sector.”
Sheila Fraser Whyte, Executive Director, Business and innovation at Richmond upon Thames College, commented: “It is wonderful to have our first of many cohorts of Community Activator Coach apprentices and we look forward to working in partnership with Harlequins Foundation on this special apprenticeship which ensures that young people understand the benefits of sport and adopt an active and health lifestyle”.
Find out more about Apprenticehships at RuTC by clicking here.