Renne Gottshalk wins Coach Core Graduate of the Year 2020
Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2020 18:58
The annual Coach Core Awards took place last night, Thursday 3rd December 2020, with young people, employers, mentors and organisations from across the country coming together virtually to recognise and celebrate the incredible achievements, hard work and dedication of those involved in Coach Core's apprenticeship programme.
Of particular interest was the Graduate of the Year category with Birmingham Coach Core graduate Renee Gottshalk winning the award. The award recognises Renee's commitment and progression from participant to volunteer to full-time employment. Congratulations Renee!
Renee was part of the 2018/2019 programme with her employment placement at Aston Villa Football Club Foundation and since graduating from the programme has continued her work with Aston Villa Foundation as a Women's intervention coach.
Renee was raised in Handsworth, discovering Premier League Kicks at Aston Villa in her early teens. A keen DJ, her potential was spotted by Aston Villa Foundation's coaches and she began volunteering as a coach.
After progressing through the Foundations pre-apprenticeship programme, she joined them full-time and was enrolled on the Coach Core programme.
Female engagement through Kicks is the main focus area of her role, but she has been involved in many other projects including their Refugee programme, Alternative Provision groups, Schools and Disability work. Alongside her role Renee is now working towards her Level 3 Health Officer Apprenticeship.
Renee said: "Through Kicks and then applying to do an apprenticeship, it gave me a feeling of hope that no matter where you're from, there is always an opportunity there.''
"The apprenticeship was an excellent opportunity to effectively tackle some of the barriers that I – and many others before me – have faced on the pitch, and through social engagement activities and initiatives, break down these barriers I am now looking at progressing into courses to do with leadership, management and officers' roles."
Coach Core aims to provide meaningful on the job training, targeting 16-24-year olds who are not in education or employment.
Its unique approach delivers an inclusive and impactful sports coaching apprenticeship developing the talents of young people and providing them with a range of vital skills for sport, work and life.
Sport Birmingham works with a range of partners to provide job opportunities across the city, matching young people to employers and building the capacity of organisations across Birmingham to deliver sport and physical activity programmes and interventions.
For further information or to discuss opportunities with the Coach Core Birmingham programme please contact email@example.com.