Active Stirling welcomes new modern apprentices

Active Stirling started 5 new Modern Apprentices. The young people have all recently left Stirling Secondary Schools and will be supporting communities throughout the Stirling area. They will be helping Active Stirling in achieving their vision of “improving people’s lives through getting more people, more active more often”
The apprentices are attached to learning communities and will work alongside Active Stirling’s Active Schools network and Club Development Officers to create opportunities and pathways in sport and physical activity. Active Stirling is committed to offering young people employment opportunities and the Modern Apprenticeship is a great vehicle for doing this. The programme provides young people vital vocational learning, while gaining an SVQ L3 in Leisure Management and industry recognised coaching qualifications.
Over the years Active Stirling has had some excellent apprentices and many of them are still working for the company while doing further studies. This year’s new recruits have all come via sport leadership programmes that the Active Schools team support within Stirling Secondary Schools. Callum, Carly and Steven have all attended Active Stirling’s holiday programmes and other activities as children. Active Stirling are also working in partnership with St Modan’s high school where Steven is going to be based and support curricula, extra-curricular and the ASN unit within the school.
Mark Findlay, Active Stirling Coaching Manager said “Modern apprenticeship is a great way to bring new blood into the organisation, the young people bring a real enthusiasm and energy to the company and this energy transmits to the children they coach which in turn encourages them to stay active and take up an active life style.” Mark continues to say “we are now getting young people that have attended our activities as children working for us, this really shows the impact that Active Stirling has had on a generation of young people and it is fantastic that they are now working for us and influencing the next generation, it truly shows the impact that sport can have on people’s lives.”
Callum MacDonald, Modern apprentice said “I attended Active Stirling football summer camps and various other activities as a child. I have always viewed Active Stirling as a well-respected organisation and an essential figure in keeping so many youngsters active and fit in the Stirling community. So when the opportunity came up that I could potentially work for the organisation as a modern apprentice, without hesitating, I grabbed it, with both hands”
Steven Connell, Modern apprentice said “As a young boy my parents enrolled me into the Active Stirling football summer camps, I looked forward to going to these camps every single year, I believe that if I did not attend these summer camps as a child I would not be as interested and passionate about sports and coaching at an older age.”
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Image from L-R Angus Motion, Carly Lauder, Callum MacDonald, Sarah Berrie and Steven Connell