Orangebox Training Solutions and Premier Player Football Academy have teamed up to help the unemployed get back in the game – for free.
From Monday, April 26 the Orangebox Football Academy will serve Hartlepool and Middlesbrough for six weeks – when everyone taking part will receive a new tracksuit and training kit as well as new skills to take into future employment.
The Football Academy wants to give those over the age of 16 and unemployed a pathway towards gaining vital qualifications in a fun and engaging way.
They could even catch the eye and be recommended to a local semi-professional club, or even higher up the footballing ladder if they are exceptional.
Alongside receiving on-field coaching from ex-professionals Andy Collett and Phil Stamp, those enrolled will receive football related outcomes in communication, budgeting planning and preparation, advertising and marketing, problem solving, role play and interview skills.
Collett, an ex-goalkeeper with over 250 appearances behind him for Middlesbrough, Bristol Rovers and Darlington, is a qualified coach and holds both the A Licence GK and UEFA B coaching badges.
Stamp, the former Middlesbrough and Hearts midfielder, made his debut as a 17-year-old in 1993 and appeared in a FA Cup final at Wembley against Chelsea four years later.
Simon Corbett, the CEO at Orangebox TSSimon Corbett, CEO of Orangebox Training said: “This is a really exciting project for everyone. We will be offering additional training opportunities for youngsters in the community.
“Andy and I will be providing a safe environment for your youngsters to develop their existing skills and to help them learn new ones and signpost to careers opportunities.
“It is a free opportunity to work with former Premier League footballers. You will not only be provided with a full tracksuit and training kit, you’ll be giving the skills and opportunities to help gain future employment.
“It could also enhance your football career prospects, either with one of the local semi-professional clubs or if you are a hidden gem like Jamie Vardy then we could even help progress higher.”
The sessions will be completely fully funded by the European Social Fund. Learners will connect to the Football Association and complete online courses in areas such as safeguarding, respect for coaches, equality and diversity.
Back on the pitch they will work on finishing in the final third, principles of play, playing out from the back, passing ranges and possession, among other things.
There will be guest speakers, including former professional players, referees, coaches and journalists.
For more information contact 01429 874530 or check out www.orangeboxtraining.com
“This is a really exciting project for everyone. We will be offering additional training opportunities for youngsters in the community,” – Simon Corbett, CEO of Orangebox Training