The Leeds United Foundation has put a group of 12 young men through their first coaching qualifications and they were presented with their certificates by first-team defender Leigh Bromby.
The 17-24 year-olds were part of the Princes Trust group which helps young people find work and gain employability skills. With the help of the Leeds United Foundation and a week of intensive training they have now completed a level 1 FA-accredited coaching course.
The certificates were presented by Leeds United’s Leigh Bromby, who congratulated the learners on their efforts. Leigh signed autographs for the group afterwards and acknowledged the difficulty of their achievements.
Leigh said: “These young people have demonstrated what can be achieved with a positive attitude and a commitment to hard work. They have a long and exciting career ahead of them if they can continue this success.”
FA tutor, Chris Coates and Education Projects Manager, Alan Scorfield led the week-long intensive course, which demanded a lot from the group and is the first step to a professional coaching career.
Alan said: “Although we have worked with The Princes Trust a number of times in the past, this is the first time we have delivered a level 1 course in a week. It has been hard work but all of the young people taking part have done extremely well.”
Many of the young people involved have identified opportunities for progression and two have been offered places on the Leeds United Foundation Futsal Scholarship Programme.
Jamie Broadhead, one of the successful new coaches, said: “It’s been a dream to be involved with The Leeds United Foundation. Hopefully this will be the start of something really positive for me.”
Caroline Davis, of the Princes Trust, said: “It has been great for the young people to come to Elland Road and the support of The Leeds United Foundation has been fantastic. We are planning to build on this experience and offer chances like this to more young people in the future.”
For more information about Princes Trust and other courses please call Alan Scorfield on 0113 367 6015. For more information on The Leeds United Foundation Futsal Scholarship call Michael Kinsey on 0113 367 6341 or check out the website www.leedsunitedfoundation.com