Young coaches Lewis Winter and Harry Barnes have both secured coaching contracts with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

The pair are currently completing their final year of a Level 3 Diploma in Football Coaching in Community Settings, which we have run in partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College for the past three years.

Both Lewis and Harry have developed through the programme to learn skills in anatomy and physiology, sports injuries, team sports and analysing performance, gaining nationally-recognised coaching qualifications.

Harry said: “Having been involved with the Trust since the age of nine as a participant and then volunteer, it’s a real honour to start my coaching career with the Trust.

“I have learnt a lot which has helped me with my studies and coach development.”

Lewis added: “I am very proud to be given such a fantastic opportunity with the Trust. “I know I will progress and develop within the team and I am looking forward to what lies ahead.”

They are the first to graduate from the Diploma course to secure contracts with the Trust having both volunteered in our programmes for a number of years.

Tutor Michelle Yeowell, course leader from Bridgwater and Taunton College, said she was proud of the pair for securing jobs in the industry whilst still completing their training.

She said: “They have both developed into confident, responsible young adults who have put in countless volunteer hours where they have showcased their skills and commitment to becoming professional coaches.

“This is what the course is about, providing young individuals with the opportunity to study and develop as a coach in partnership with a professional football club’s community trust.”

If you are aged 16-24 and would love to turn your hobby into a career, visit www.ytcst.net or contact 01935 706671 to find out more.