East Glos Club has appointed Josh Day as its first ever tennis apprentice.
Josh, 17, who lives in in Up Hatherley, Cheltenham and was a pupil at Bournside School, will work with the club reception, coaching and grounds teams to learn various aspects of the running of the club, which will enable him to develop his career in tennis for the future.
He will also study for his LTA Level 2 Coaching qualification and level 2 Diploma in Tennis Coaching whilst at the club and mentored by LTA tutors.
Josh joins East Glos as part of the Government’s Apprentice Scheme with support from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Darren Morris, Club Manager says “Josh really wanted to start a career in tennis and by completing his Level 1 coaching qualification we were able to provide the opportunity, thanks to support from the LTA. East Glos is delighted to be giving a young person like Josh a thorough grounding in sports club management and the world of tennis.”
Josh says “I always loved playing tennis from a young age and started assisting coaches from the age of 14 and found an interest in coaching tennis. Doing a tennis coaching apprenticeship will help me gain experience in not just coaching but in all aspects of the club in which I find really interesting. The apprenticeship will hopefully give me a successful career in tennis and give me good opportunities in the future.”
About the Government Apprenticeship Scheme
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification – from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level. Apprentices are paid at least the minimum wage during their placement and work with experienced staff learning job-specific skills. They also study for a work-based qualification during their working week.