Coaching apprentice Rob is over the moon

Apprentice coaches Rob Hodgson, right, and Lee Blackburn.
Apprentice coaches Rob Hodgson, right, and Lee Blackburn.

A Morpeth student is over the moon after landing a coveted coaching apprenticeship at Newcastle United Foundation.

Rob Hodgson, 19, and Lee Blackburn, 20, from Prudhoe, both completed the 25-week Coach the Coach programme at Newcastle College, in partnership with NUFC Foundation, and impressed the coaching staff so much that they were offered apprenticeships.

Rob said: “When I first signed up for the course, getting a job out of it seemed a very distant prospect, but the more I got into the project, the more I loved what I was doing and suddenly getting a job where I could do coaching for a living became my top priority.”