05 Mar New Apprenticeship rules could help young athletes
Switch the Play Directors Steve Mitchell and Rob Young MBE, were joined by Associate Darren Lawrence on a recent tour of seven Premier League footballs clubs. The team were providing Clubs with independent expertise and advice regarding the new opportunities that have arisen from the latest changes to Apprenticeships and the Levy.
The new flexibility in Apprenticeships could provide a vital opportunity for Premier League clubs to increase the amount of support they give young players towards fulfilling their potential through and beyond sport.
Each of the seven clubs, which included Liverpool, Man Utd, Everton, Crystal Palace, Middlesborough, Spurs and Burnley, received a bespoke a bespoke suite of information tailored to their specific needs. In addition to this, the StP team held valuable round table discussions with key members of the football club’s HR, Finance, Community and Stadium leaders.
“The benefit of StP being an independent source of information is that it enabled us to challenge the current thinking at the Premier League Clubs and provide a greater understanding about recent policy changes and how best the Clubs can utilise them,” explains Steve Mitchell. “Feedback has been extremely positive, and we have used it to shape a briefing note which was circulated to Premier League shareholders before Christmas.”
Steve Mitchell has also been supporting the professional sports of Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Cricket, working with them to curate a new Apprenticeship Standard for a Sporting Excellence Professional aimed at players aged 16-9.