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Let SCL support you in creating the next generation of Sports Coaching professionals.

Whether you are looking to develop and upskill your current staff, or attract and retain new talent, recruiting an apprentice is a fantastic way to cost-effectively expand your sports coaching company.

As an experienced training provider, SCL knows exactly what it takes to deliver effective training that gets results for your company and its staff.

Our apprenticeship programmes have been specifically designed for sports coaching or leisure companies like yours, that are looking to enhance their skills and increase their knowledge in their industry. 

SCL offer training in:

  • Sports and Leisure
  • Childcare and Playwork
  • Sports Coaching
  • Teaching
  • Business Adminstration
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership and management
  • Digital Marketing

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Who are SCL?


SCL are one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport, and a market leader of children’s activities within Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and London.

At SCL, we practice what we preach. The second division to our business, our Sports Activities and Childcare offering; SCL Kids, recruits 40 apprentices every year, working alongside our existing workforce.

SCL Kids works with over 150 schools across the country, delivering before and after school care, activity sessions and holiday clubs, supporting schools to meet their PE and School Sports needs.

SCL Education & Training also work with employers such as Premiership Rugby and professional football clubs to deliver tailored apprenticeships.

Our teams have unrivalled knowledge and industry experience and will work with you to co-develop an apprenticeship programme that aligns with your needs.


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Our success speaks for itself. We have a proven track record of training, developing and graduating people.

We are fully committed; we strive to deliver excellence in everything we do.

We are experts at providing apprenticeship Needs Analysis workshops to assess and meet the needs of your business.

We invest heavily in our delivery infrastructure and internal training to ensure you have the best support network to deliver your training.

We will implement a performance monitoring strategy to ensure quality delivery and continuous improvement. 

We are nationally recognised for information, advice and guidance. You and your team will benefit from this from the very beginning.

What does it cost?

You can receive funding from the government to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment. The amount you receive will depend on whether you pay the apprenticeship Levy, and your apprentice’s circumstances.


Coming into play in April 2017, the apprenticeship Levy is a government tax paid by companies with over a £3 million wage bill.

This tax can be used to deliver apprenticeship training programmes within your company. Rather than losing your levy and instead investing your Learning & Development budget, you can utilise these funds to upskill your staff or recruit new team members.

Watch the video as our apprenticeships expert, Sean Norton; Head of Work Based Learning, explains how apprenticeship funding could work for your sports coaching company...



With our knowledge and access to the Digital Apprenticeship Service, we can fully manage the funding process for you and claim your Levy funds on your behalf.

If you would prefer to maintain control over this process, we can instead provide you with full training on how to access your funding.

If you are small, independent sports coaching company with an annual wage bill below £3 million, you will be classed as a 'non-levy payer'. 

This doesn't mean that you can't employ an apprentice or upskill your team. Instead, you can pay 10% contribution towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice, and the government will pay the rest (90%) - up to the funding band maximum.

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The Benefits

Recruiting an apprentice to your sports coaching or leisure company is a fantastic way to grow your talent, whist ensuring your team are motivated and skilled to the required level.


  • Meet your community aims and corporate social responsibility
  • Reward and qualify your staff, and offer them progression
  • Apprenticeships provide you with skilled, motivated and loyal workers for your future
  • If your apprentice makes an impression, you can offer them full-time employment once they have finished the course
  • Greater ability to offer community-based sports coaching and holiday camps
  • Empower people to start their career in the sports and leisure industry
  • 97% of staff say their ability to do their job improved through doing an apprenticeship
  • Enhanced customer service
  • Become a trailblazer in the world of apprenticeships


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Recruit an apprentice

At SCL, we support you to select an apprentice and training programme that reflects your ethos and meets your sports coaching company's needs.


  • Need to be aged 16+, but can be up to any age
  • Be either a new or current employee who is looking to upskill
  • Study whilst completing their training
  • Work with experienced staff through 'on-the-job' training to learn industry-specific skills
  • Spend at least 20% of their time taking part in ‘off-the-job’ training

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Once you have decided to hire an apprentice, we will work with you to identify the right apprentice for your sports coaching or leisure company, and the benefits that they can bring.

SCL can help you with:

  • Offering a competitive apprenticeship salary, depending on experience
  • Your apprenticeship description - keep it short and simple
  • Whether you are looking for someone with or without experience
  • Why they might want to come and work for you
  • What their future career prospects look like
  • What their future salary potential could look like

To find the right person for your apprenticeship, think about:

  • Holding open days at your sports coaching company
  • Inviting potential apprentices to your company for a day, to get a feel for how you work

Our customers

SCL Kids is a leading provider of school sports provision and children’s activities across the south east of England.

They collaborate with over 100 schools to offer high quality and engaging education and childcare through wrap-around care, after school activity clubs and holiday clubs.

A consistently growing business, last year saw SCL Kids deliver over 15,000 term-time sessions, accept more than 8,000 children at their holiday clubs and receive five Grade 1 Outstanding Ofsted reports. 2019 promises to be an exciting year!

Next steps

Want to know more about how apprenticeship funding can work for you?

Get in touch today to speak to a member of our expert apprenticeships team, and to book your FREE apprenticeship needs analysis, where we can arrange to perform an analysis across all departments within your sports coaching or leisure company, to identify skills gaps or shortages.

Our specialists can then support you to maximise your spending, and support you with all areas of recruiting an apprentice. Alternatively, we can discuss the delivery of a recruitment campaign for you.


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  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.