Eight Blackburn Rovers Academy players were given the opportunity to try their hand at coaching by hosting sessions at the BRCT Football Camp.
The training sessions, which were organised in conjunction with the PFA, are a compulsory part of the players’ studies in order to receive their FA Level 2 in coaching.
BRCT has an increasingly strong relationship with the club’s Academy, with the latter asking permission for the apprentices to host pre-planned training sessions with the youngsters attending the Football Camp at the BRIC on Wednesday.
The eight apprentices teamed up in pairs to deliver a session, which lasted 20 minutes apiece in front of the watchful eye of PFA’s Regional Coach Educator Geoff Lomax.
Lomax has been working with the club’s academy players on a consistent basis throughout their studies as they work towards a BTEC, an NVQ and their FA Level 2 in coaching.
“The apprentices did very well,” admitted Geoff. “They put together some impressive sessions and demonstrated great communication skills by getting their messages across to the young players.
“The PFA works with the coaches at Blackburn Rovers to try and help improve the apprentices coaching skills.
“If they don’t earn a professional contract in football they will still have qualifications to fall back on.
“The Level 2 certificate can get them a job in football working for Blackburn Rovers Community Trust for example. It is all about planning for their futures.”
Scholars Ben Winterbottom and Kyle Connell enjoyed the experience of coaching the young footballers on the Football Camp.
They said: “They behaved very well and understood all of our instructions. It was a good change of scenery and it showed us what it would like to go into coaching.
“Coaching is something we both would look into doing if we do not become professional footballers because it means we can remain in the sport.”