Reflecting on the EB Community Apprenticeship with Gabrielle Reid
July 24, 2023 | by Chris Boyd
With applications welcomed for the second cohort of the England Boxing Community Apprenticeship, Western Counties apprentice Gabrielle Reid reflects on her favourite aspects of the journey so far.
What have been the highlights of your apprenticeship journey so far?
There are so many highlights of my apprenticeship so it’s hard to pick out just a few. With that being said, number one would definitely be coaching Prince William – it was a great experience and a story I will be able to tell for years to come.
I also really enjoy the travel opportunities, meeting new people and being part of some amazing experiences such as England Boxing Championships, School Games and Community Engagement Events.
Not least, I’m grateful for the friendships I’ve formed with the other apprentices, which is something I really value.
What skills have you learnt during the apprenticeship?
This apprenticeship has taught me many new skills that I can use for the rest of my career. I’m really grateful for the opportunities I get to learn new things, whether this be through my coursework or continuing professional development (CPD) training or through the actual physical work itself.
Some of the skills I’ve learned include event management, data collection and storing, networking, effect coaching for different groups of people and how to write funding bids.
How do you think the apprenticeship with England Boxing will help shape your career going forward?
The England Boxing Community Apprenticeship will help shape my future. It’s helped me find what I’m passionate about and the skills I’ve learnt are transferable to any career I choose to go into.
I feel that I’ve grown a lot since starting my apprenticeship.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for the England Boxing Community Apprentice role?
My advice would be just to go for it.
It won’t be easy but I can happily say I have no regrets from doing the apprenticeships and the memories and experiences I have gained will last a lifetime.
England Boxing is currently seeking two remotely based EB Community Apprentices for the North and South (aged between 16-25) who will harness the excitement and interest in the sport generated by the Commonwealth Games by delivering community-based engagement events in partnership with England Boxing affiliated clubs and opening up pathways for sustained participation in the sport.
Click here for further details, the job description and how to apply.
The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 30th July.