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Dragon Football Academy

25 Bryn Ffynnon Star, Gaerwen, Anglesey LL60 6BA


07930234895 / 03337729231

Why join one of our Traineeships?

What is a Traineeship?
Preparing young people for work and their future careers through work experience incorporated into education and training. A Traineeship is a unique way to get young people ready for the working world ahead. Traineeships are aimed at people who are 16 – 24.

What will I learn?
The Traineeship opportunity includes work preparation training, maths and English support for those who require it and a high quality work experience placement. ​This Traineeship is unwaged and only available to you if you have lower than level 3 education. As a part of your work placement, you will be required to shadow and assist in the delivery of sports instruction to children.


  • 8-26 flexible week courses vacant
  • An hour long celebratory completion ceremony
  • 2 reviews per learner
  • 6 hours a day for 3 days a week work placement
  • If required, work preparation training and qualification to boost employability
  • Split training with 1 day per week for work preparation and 3 hours towards employability training
  • If required, Functional Skills Maths will be 3 hours per week
  • If required, Functional English Skills training will be 3 hours per week.
  • An established employer offering an excellent work experience opportunity.

Aimed at those who have perhaps been unsuccessful when applying for apprenticeships or haven’t made it past the interview stage for a job. You need to be motivated to show the employer why they should make you their employee! Benefit recipients who can participate in a traineeship are those in receipt of:

  1. Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  2. Universal Credit (UC)
  3. Employment Support Allowance in a Work Related Activity Group (WRAG)
  4. Income support (IS)

Our traineeship opportunities can be found here:


  1. Expert experience
  2. Guaranteed job interview
  3. Work preparation skills & technical certificate (if applicable) delivered and paid for by Academy 1
  4. It’s FREE


  • Age 16 to 24
  • Not in full time education(over 16 hours per week)
  • Not in full time paid work (up to 16 hours per week)
  • Not already achieved a full level 3 qualification

Depending on the flexibility and working hours of the employer, our scheme works over a 5-day week. Generally, this comprises of both classroom-based upskilling as well all work experience alongside one of our established employers. If you are not chosen for an interview or are unsuccessful, we will continue to support you in finding employment over the next 6 months!

Benefits to the employer

  • Use of our recruitment team, free of charge
  • 100% government funded
  • Technical certificate specific to employment fully funded and/or delivered by DFA (when necessary)
  • Higher staff retention rates
  • Better image within your community
  • Extended interview period, allowing you to trial new staff within the company before committing to them

Apply for a Coaching Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are FREE for UK based eligible coaches. In the first instance please complete the information below and one of our team will be in touch with you shortly.


    FixedZero hoursOther

    Hourly RateSalariedMinimum WageApprenticeship Wage

    e.g. GCSE, A Level, Diploma, Bachelors, Masters, etc.

    e.g. FA Level 1, FA Level 2, UEFA B, etc.

    e.g. emergency first aid, safeguarding etc.

    Courses are based on your current coaching experience/ability.

    If you are not sure which course is best for you, please select "any" and we will contact you to discuss which option will be best for you

    The Community Activator Coach standard will underpin occupations such as an Activator, Sports coach. Activity leader, Community worker or Outreach Officer.

    These roles are predominantly employed bt sport or social change charities, SME’s who operate in the sport or physical activity sector, local authorities, sports clubs, leisure centres, youth work agencies, housing associations and outdoor education centres and are deployed to primarily work with inactive groups of people.

    The wider sport and activity sector play an important role in improving the health & wellbeing of the nation and provides a positive environment which supports (especially young) people to grow and develop through sport & physical activity.

    The Community Activator Coach promotes, delivers and coaches fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help whole communities to change their behaviour, adopt and keep to a physically active lifestyle.

    Community Activiator Coaches are more than activity and sports leaders – they understand communities and customers.

    They will be equipped with the specialist knowledge needed to effectively work with one customer group (such as inactive teenagers) but also be knowledgeable about other inactive customer groups whom they may be expected to work with on occasions.

    When competent they will be experienced working with a range of different communities and all kinds of customers who are likely to be defined as inactive, sedentary, or not doing enough physical activity in their lives.

    They also know how to make communities and lives better through physical activity, organised play & sport.

    The Community Activator Coach often works alongside youth workers, the police and community safety agencies to make neighborhoods safer and works alongside health workers to make residents fitter & healthier.

    The role is a flexible one and individuals can expect to work varied and unsociable hours, including evenings, weekends and school holidays.

    I accept

    Knowledge – The Community Activator Coach will…

    Understand the benefits of physical activity and sport for individuals, families, and communities, and know why adopting an active lifestyle is important

    Understand the basic principles of behavioral change when applied to sports & physical activity and know how to keep customers active

    Know the importance of credible customer insight – listening to customers and understanding their motivations – to shape provision and leadership style

    Know the importance of effective leadership and coaching in the delivery of a physical activity or sport sports sessions

    Know the value of using informal spaces and ‘out of locality’ settings to encourage customers to develop the lifelong activity habit.

    Understand the role of the coach in developing effective motivational relationships, how to build rapport with customers & understand what good role models look like

    Understand the tasks involved in delivering community level activation events and support their delivery, particularly in terms of providing equipment and activities

    Know how to support customer welfare and where required, manage disruptive behaviors by individuals within the group setting.

    Know how to make best use of national and major events (for example, Commonwealth Games) to capture public imagination, raise activity levels and encourage community involvement in volunteering and social action.

    Know how to work with community organisations to run tailored neighborhood events that make best use of assets to bring people together.

    Understand the importance of accurate recording keeping for monitoring and evaluation purposes; know about the tools available to help (e.g. Upshot, views, active lives)

    Understand the importance of using appropriate social media and technology to deliver targeted messages to identified customer groups, for example; children; teenagers; adults and older adults

    Understanding fundamental principles of safeguarding, child protection, cultural awareness, first aid, mental wellbeing, inclusion and working with vulnerable adults

    Understand the different needs and priorities of your customers (such as teenagers, families, the disabled or older adults) and the best way to manage their expectations, recognizing and knowing how to adapt your style to be highly effective

    Know how to coach , and lead the key components of a successful activity sessions for specific audiences

    Know customer motivations for participation and hot to help people overcome personal and societal barriers for participation

    I accept

    The Community Activator Coach will apply this knowledge in work environments and be able to demonstrate the following skills:

    Planning and adapting sessions and activities that respond to customer feedback and encourage customers to develop a lifelong activity habit.

    Coaching or leading pre-planned sport of physical activity sessions that are attractive to the target audience(s) and develop motivation relationships with customers.

    Promoting a physical activity offer (including but not limited to) organised play and sport in the community which supports individuals on their behaviour change journey.

    Work collaboratively with sports clubs and and other community assets - including volunteers, public services, youth workers, the police and community champions.

    Supporting customers to co-produce rewarding volunteering opportunities.

    Supporting families to participate together in sport and physical activity.

    Working effectively with customer insight to overcome individual, community and societal barriers to participation in physical activity and sport.

    Contributing to the employer’s design of activities and services and practising the employer’s organisational values policies and procedures.

    Contributing to teams that deliver community events and festivals.

    Supporting organisations to evaluate, develop and promote sessions and other opportunities such as outdoor group exercise and informal social play.

    Maintaining personal safety and wellbeing, as well as that of customers.

    Managing disruptive behaviours from individuals within the group setting.

    Encouraging customers to be regularly active - both formally and informally - within sports clubs or leisure facilities including open space.

    Effectively using social media and technology to deliver targeted messages to customer groups.

    Effectively monitor and evaluate activities, sessions and projects using technology platforms to maintain accurate records and produce timely reports.

    I accept

    The Community Activator Coach will model the following behaviours:

    Honesty, integrity and sincerity by doing the right thing at the right time.
    A positive attitude to work, be approachable and model an active lifestyle.
    A concern for customer’s welfare and wellbeing.
    Show a willingness to “go the extra mile”.
    Enthusiasm to work as a member of a team and to use your own initiative when leading or planning activities.
    Adaptable and confident in one’s own abilities.
    Build meaningful and appropriate relationships.
    A willingness to learn and a desire to contribute to their own CPD.

    English and Maths - Apprentices without Level 1 will need to achieve this level to and test for Level 2 prior to the end point assessment.

    Duration - The Apprenticeship will take 14-18 months to complete.

    Professional recognition - On successful completion of the Standard, all apprentices will automatically be given CIMPSA at associate membership level.

    Progression - Successful completers will be able to move into leadership or management roles which may be aligned to an Apprenticeship at a higher level. The progression will involve leading teams of people, acting as a mentor of staff, or specialising with the delivery of sporting and physical activity programmes to certain populations or communities.

    I accept

    Apply Now

    Dragon Football Academy are always pleased to hear feedback from our members , or from anyone interested is what we do. Be sure to keep an eye out on all our social media accounts including TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn to keep up to date with all our latest news.

    Dragon Football Academy. 25 Bryn Ffynnon Star, Gaerwen, Anglesey LL60 6BA


      Even if you’re not looking for a career in sports, we have opportunities for you.

      • Constructions
      • Sales
      • Sports Coaching
      • Personal Traning
      • Security
      • Warehouse Work
      • Customer Service
      • Care Work
      • Business Admin
      • Rail Service

      These positions are available to 16-24 year olds and last for a 6-12 week period.