After completing his level 2.5 Active IQ qualification at Club Doncaster Sports College, Jordan Sheridan knew an apprenticeship was the best option for his personal development as a sports coach.
Currently 18 months into his level 3 teaching assistant qualification at Club Doncaster Foundation, Jordan has taken the time to reflect on why taking on an apprenticeship was the right choice for him.
Formally of the Sports College, Jordan, who plays football for Sutton Rovers, highlights how the volunteering opportunities available to the College students set him on his way. He said: “I remember the Foundation’s volunteer coordinator Alex coming into some of my lessons to promote the volunteering options.
“I then helped plan and deliver a year 5&6 play on the pitch event here at the Keepmoat Stadium, and then took on more volunteering opportunities as they became available.”
Jordan continued to volunteer, including a stint delivering Premier League Kicks in Balby, before applying for the apprenticeship scheme at the Foundation. Asked what the plan is upon completion of his apprenticeship, the 20-year-old already has a pathway option in mind.
He said: “The plan is to gain a full-time job coaching.
“I’ve really enjoyed being an apprentice so far, the experiences it has offered have been amazing. I want to remain within the coaching industry and work my way through the pathway established here at the Foundation.”
“Becoming a lead coach on sessions is the next step, but for now I need to concentrate on my apprenticeship to make sure it becomes possible.”
With more and more opportunities becoming available, the apprentices at the Foundation can gain valuable experience in coaching and teaching.