League Football Education looks after 1,200 young players
The sixth annual 'Apprenticeship Week' kicked off yesterday as apprentices, employers, providers and all those involved with apprenticeship programmes come together to celebrate their value and importance.
The week, which is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.
Now almost ten years on LFE, graded as ‘outstanding’ across all areas of its provision by Ofsted last April and the AASE programme continue to go from strength to strength and be an example that apprenticeships deliver.
Financed by the Skills Funding Agency, League Football Education (LFE) was established by The Football League and The Professional Footballers’ Association in 2004 to manage 'The Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence' (AASE) programme across Football League clubs including Latics.
Hundreds of those that have completed the programme now regularly compete in The Football League or Premier League and, while the initiative is designed to support young players in their football development,it also provides them with qualifications and transferable skills that will assist them within football, or as and when they move on to alternative careers.
Recent graduates of the scheme include Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Nick Powell (Crewe Alexandra, now Manchester United), Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City, now Newcastle United), Carl Jenkinson (Charlton Athletic, now Arsenal) and Johnny Howson (Leeds United, now Norwich City).
Other graduates have gone on to pursue university educations in subjects including biology and physics, while some move into employment in careers such as physiotherapy, the Fire Service and the Armed Forces. Whatever route they take, the apprenticeship they have followed provides them with skills for life.
Throughout 'Apprenticeship Week', events and awareness raising activities are going to roll-out across the country, so if you are interested as either an employer or parent of a potential apprentice then please visitwww.apprentices.org.uk.
If you would like to know more about the work of the LFE, or to keep up to date with information regarding football apprentices at Football League clubs, visitwww.lfe.org.uk
* Set up in 2004, LFE was established by The Football League and The Professional Footballers Association and is tasked with managing the apprenticeship (AASE) programme at Football League Clubs. LFE is currently responsible for in excess of 1,200 apprentices at 81 Football Clubs.