The Smith Cooper Coach development programme

Smith Cooper, one of the Midlands’ most progressive firms of accountants and business advisors, are supporting the Club’s flagship apprenticeship scheme for 2016 in partnership with the Trent Bridge Community Trust.

11 recruits have been selected to take part in the scheme that seeks to equip them with the skills required to secure a career in sports development. Now in its sixth year, several participants have gone on to secure employment in sports development.

“The Smith Cooper scheme has proved to be hugely beneficial to our department at a particularly busy time of the year and also to the apprentices who gain invaluable experience to give them a boost at the start of their working life,” said Tracey Francis, the Trent Bridge Community Trust’s Head of Community Sport.

“We are delighted that Smith Cooper are on board and we look forward to delivering a busy programme of events and initiatives with the assistance of our apprentices.”

The apprentices will deliver coaching at schools and roadshows, assist with the delivery of matchday entertainment at Trent Bridge and contribute to wider community schemes including the Ashes Legacy Partnership which will see them play a role in the delivery of major matches.

They delivered over 1,000 coaching hours in 2015 including free to access sessions at all Notts Outlaws NatWest T20 Blast matches.

2015 also saw the introduction of three media apprentices who worked with both the Trent Bridge Community Trust and Nottinghamshire Cricket Board in creating online content to promote the work of Trent Bridge.

“We have seen the difference that this scheme makes to so many young people and the transformation in attitude and outlook is remarkable.”
Mark Worrall – Trent Bridge Community Trust Trustee

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