Meet the Learner: Charlie Ruffell

Wed, June 21, 2017

Following successful completion of his Traineeship with Premier Sport Belvedere, Charlie has since progressed onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Physical Education and School Sport with the same employer.
Charlie works with Premier Sport across different schools in the Belvedere area of Kent/ south east London, delivering PE sessions, afterschool clubs and holiday camps.

“I went to college after school to do painting and decorating, then moved into plumbing which I did for four years but I left because I wanted to get into sport as a job. I signed up at college for an NVQ in Sports, with work experience including two weeks in a school doing tag rugby, as well as working with disabled people getting them active.
Next, I got involved with the Princes Trust to do the Get Started with Football programme, run with the Premier League and Crystal Palace FC for three months, which gave me the chance to do the FA Level 1 and FA First Aid. My mentor Kevin was really good. Because of this course, we got invited to a Prince’s Trust Get Hired Day with companies such as Crystal Palace, The Army, PEG, Vi-Ability there to meet us. We spent the morning doing interview preparation where we learned how to present yourself then in the afternoon we got to meet the employers.
Laurie from Pemier Sport interviewed me for a Traineeship with his company and my job was shadowing the other coaches delivering things like archery to Key Stage 2 as well as some promotional work to the new schools. I’ve learned a lot from Charlie and Laurie and now I’ve been taken on as a Apprentice Activity Professional I’ve got more responsibility with leading in holiday clubs and running my own sessions. I’m still looking to learn more now though and improve my confidence with different groups.”
Charlie Ruffell - Activity Professional


“I first met Charlie at the Princes Trust employers day in December 2016 where I interviewed him as a progression from their Get Started with Football programme.
He elected to come on our traineeship we were running through Creative Sport & Leisure franchise with Premier Sport. Charlie showed great enthusiasm at the interview and was desperate to get into coaching. This enthusiasm was evident again during the traineeship where his attitude and timekeeping was excellent.
He proved to be an asset during his work experience in schools we deliver to and developed a great relationship with the participants. The feedback was good from his colleagues and this combined led me to offer him an apprenticeship. He has continued to develop and progress and will undertake CPD in delivering gym, drama and fencing to build up a suite of skills and sessions he can offer to ensure he becomes an even bigger asset to the team. The training and support he has received through the Get Started and traineeship programmes have proved to be a success in giving Charlie a step up towards making him employable.”
Laurie Carter - Director