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NEWS: Sky Blues celebrate National Apprenticeships Week

The Sky Blues will be joining schools, colleges, employers, career advisers and thousands of students in celebrating Apprenticeships this week...

10 February 2023

Club News

NEWS: Sky Blues celebrate National Apprenticeships Week

The Sky Blues will be joining schools, colleges, employers, career advisers and thousands of students in celebrating Apprenticeships this week...

10 February 2023

Schools, colleges, employers, career advisers and thousands of students are coming together this week to celebrate Apprenticeships, in support of the Government-run National Apprenticeship Week.

Coventry City Football Club will be joining them as we showcase our opportunities and celebrate our success stories, including Apprentice Groundskeeper Charlie Bendall.

Alongside his fine work at the Club’s training base in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Charlie is completing an NVQ Level 2 Sports Turf Operative Apprenticeship remotely at Myrescough College, Preston.

He is currently learning all aspects of the industry that are relevant to becoming a Sports Turf Operative, including but not limited to Health and Safety, the use of ride-on mowing equipment, fertilising equipment, aerating equipment, tractors and their attachments.

Charlie is also learning the finer details of Groundskeeping, including learning to identify different species of grass, trees, shrubs and pests, along with an introduction to soil and plant biology.

Discussing his Apprenticeship with the Sky Blues, Charlie said: “I start my day at around 8am and - depending on the day and the weather - we can either be putting the frost sheets out or getting the pitch ready for the first team players to begin training.

"The players normally train at around 10:30am and it is our job to ensure that everything is set up and ready for them. Beyond that, we also spend a lot of our day ensuring that everything is looking tidy and presentable around the training site.

"After training has finished, we then turn our attention to looking after the pitches, whether that be cutting the grass and cleaning up the debris or painting the lines and ensuring that they're neat and tidy.

"Our job is to ensure that the training facility is ready and presentable for the Club’s players to train. We take a lot of pride in what we do. We take pride in the colour of the grass and how it looks, and want the players to be able to come out and enjoy the pitch, and compliment the pitch.

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"There are plenty of challenges, especially with the weather. That is the only thing that we cannot control. We do our best to predict what will happen and to anticipate that so that we can be ready for the next day.

"Alongside my work at Coventry City, I'm doing a college course at Myerscough College which started in January. There is a lot of practical work which is good for me because I like working in a hands-on role and not in a classroom.

"I really enjoy it. I've been with the Club for six months now and every day is fun, even on the cold winter days: you're doing something you enjoy and you're working with the players, which is really good!"

You can learn more about National Apprenticeships Week by clicking here.


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