Apprentice coaches give back to next generation of participants
On Thursday 2 June, five Greenhouse Sports apprentice coaches ran a half-term sport camp for 26 of our participants at Ernest Bevin College in South London. The multi-sport day camp was part of the apprentices Fit for Sport Level 3 qualification, which they are now in the final stages of completing.
The camp consisted of multi-sports rotations through basketball, volleyball and table tennis activities. “What we enjoyed was the planning of the event,” said Mulenga, a former Greenhouse Sports participant-turned coaching apprentice. “Making sure everyone knew their roles, contacting parents, getting resources for the event and then seeing it come together was pretty awesome.”
Four of the five apprentice coaches started their employment with Greenhouse Sports on the The Royal Foundation’s Coach Core programme, which provides apprentice coaching opportunities for young people looking for employment options after school, and three have been further supported on their coaching pathway this year by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML). BofAML have provided Mulenga, as well as Junior Coaches Terrell and Jordan with mentors from the bank, who have worked with our young coaches to develop their skills off the court, such as goal setting and CV writing.
The coaches, all of whom were former Greenhouse Sports participants, are keen to give back following positive sport experiences on our programmes themselves.