A Week in the Life of a Millwall Community Trust Trainee

  • 28/01/2019

Harry, one of the participants on our Traineeship programme at MCT, has written a daily diary to give you an insight into the programme, and what to expect if you apply

I’m Harry, a 16-year-old from Cambridgeshire, and I have recently enrolled onto the 16-18 traineeship programme here at MCT.

I signed up for the sports coaching pathway, which gives me the opportunity to complete my FA Level 1 coaching qualification and helps me develop a range of skills which will help improve my career opportunities.

Here you can read the diary of my first week on the programme, and see the range of learning opportunities that are available.



Today we had an introduction to the traineeship programme, where I was shown around the Lions Centre, the main offices of MCT, and introduced to the staff I would be working with.

We went through the rules of the programme, and I got the opportunity to meet the other people on the 16-8 traineeship.



In the morning I had my first experience of coaching, as I helped out with the Walking Sports programme,

During the afternoon, I was involved in a practice session for the Alternative Provision Academy, which helped me realise the need to adapt my approach for different groups when coaching



Today I had the opportunity to watch the Post-16 Academy in action during their game against Aston Villa.

I took photos of the game for MCT’s social media and was able to observe the pre-match training session, which helped me develop a better understanding of the balance required in coaching, particularly on a match day.

MCT came away with a much deserved 7-1 victory!



Safeguarding, a key consideration in all the work MCT does, is a crucial thing to understand, and today I went through MCT’s safeguarding policies.

This enabled me to learn about the key themes of respect and equality, as well as a range of different communication styles, and when they would be most effective.



At the end of my first week, I was back with the Alternative Provision programme, helping to run a range of activities including 5-a-side football matches and badminton.

This was helpful because it helped show me how to get the most out of different groups, and arrange different activities that can involve everyone.



My first week on the programme has been very enjoyable, and I have developed a range of new skills and had new experiences.

I have learned the importance of taking a different approach with separate groups, depending on their individual needs and skill-set.

I am sure, having already met some excellent coaches, that I am going to learn a lot about a future career in coaching, and progress onto my FA Level 1 coaching badge.