Apprentices join the team at Devon FA

Devon FA is pleased to welcome two new apprentices to the team at Coach Road this month. Jordan Wood & Bailey Gray join on a “Coach Core” Apprenticeship, in conjunction with The Royal Foundation & Active Devon.

Coach Core is an innovative and exciting sports coaching apprenticeship targeting young people who wish to gain further education and employment in sport, funded by The Royal Foundation.

Since Coach Core was launched by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry during the London 2012 Games, the programme has delivered a ground-breaking coaching apprentice scheme that is creating careers for young people across the UK and transforming sports coaching.

Bailey & Jordan are part of “Team Devon” on the Coach Core programme, which is made up of Exeter City Football Club, Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Devon FA and Torquay United Football Club, amongst other sports organisations.

Bailey & Jordan’s apprenticeship is specifically with Devon FA & Torquay United. Across both organisations, they will have opportunities to work in a range of football development, coaching & business areas across the County FA’s base at Coach Road, Newton Abbot and with Torquay United Community Sports Trust at Plainmoor & the Torbay area.

Bailey & Jordan will also spend one day a week in education with “Team Devon” studying for the Activity Leadership Level 2 incorporating Active Leisure for Exercise Professionals during the apprenticeship term, along with FA & other NGB coaching qualifications.

A month into the role now, both apprentices have already got stuck into, the FA Charter Standard Programme, Coaching & Promotional Video productions, football administrative support & coaching delivery with Torquay United’s Community football sessions. This apprenticeship programme will definitely provide both with an opportunity to gain an exciting experience within with The FA & with a professional football club.

For more information about the Coach Core programme, please contact:

Howard Shaddick – 01626 325913 –

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