Spartans Youth Ambassador
The Spartans Community Football Academy Youth Ambassadors Programme provides meaningful volunteering experiences for young people who have an interest in sport, youth work, facilities operations or who simply want to help and support others in the community. Our pathway moves young people from volunteering into paid employment. Aaron's time at The Academy has seen him develop into a junior football coach and he how works with the coaching development team delivering some of our community programmes.
“I’ve always been interested in sport and I want to be a PE teacher. My friend Jamie is a youth worker at The Spartans Community Football Academy, and he said that I should come along to help out and get some experience."
"That was two years ago! At first I helped out on community football coaching, and The Academy put me through SFA (Scottish Football Association) coaching levels. I’ve done volunteering in the café and on facilities, but I like youth work the most. I like helping the kids out because I feel like I make a real difference. This year has been amazing – I got my Saltire Award and a Diana Award, and I’ve even started working at The Academy. I’m really proud to be a coach at The Spartans Community Football Academy; I feel like my hard work has paid off. I feel more confident, and I can work with young people from all different backgrounds”.
“Aaron has volunteered an amazing 1,000 hours of his time at The Academy. He has gained valuable experience throughout our organisation, and we were delighted to recruit him onto our community coaching staff this summer.
Volunteers are at the heart of The Spartans Community Football Academy. Their time, commitment and skills ensure that we can operate our facility, deliver our programmes and make a difference to the lives of young people in North Edinburgh.