We have achieved mental health bronze membership and will commit to the principles of the mental health charter
We reached the final in the South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023 for the category of Diversity & Inclusion Programme
Jamie Forrester - Football Family Ambassador, Former Professional Footballer and Business Development Manager for Football Family.
We would like to congratulate our very own Jamie Forrester, who was our first official learner to pass with complete distinctions for the Community Activator Coach L2 programme.
Well done Jamie & good luck!
Clare Cryan - Sheffield Diving Club L2 Community Activator Coaching Apprentice.
I began diving through talent identification testing at primary school about 18 years ago and fell in love with the sport and the family I gained from being a part of City of Sheffield Diving Club. I watched many of my friends quit along the way but I was determined to succeed in what I loved. Learning new dives, as a young person was very scary, I faltered and began to question my future. Moving groups Tom Owens (professional coach, accepted to support at Olympics 2021 in Tokyo) began coaching me. Through his encouragement he supported me and I developed trust and that fear of learning new dives started to disappear. I successfully gained my A-levels, an undergraduate degree and some international qualifications and continued diving training throughout. After graduating I decided to take a break, but I missed the training and competition, so I returned full time with the focus on qualifying for the Olympic Games in 2020 and representing Ireland.
I discovered Football Family during lockdown who offers the Community Activator Coaching programme. This gave me the opportunity to start preparation for life after diving.
Tom Owens – Sheffield Diving Head Coach & Coach for the British Diving Team
Throughout lockdown I have been working with the Football Family to attain my Level 2 Coach Activator qualification. The course has given me focus and enabled me to use the opportunity to expand my knowledge in areas such as Health & Safety, Adult Safeguarding and Mental Health Awareness. I have been able to take part in a comprehensive range of CPD opportunities, that I wouldn’t have normally been able to do, due to traveling for competitions.
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