Apprentice Welfare & Well Being

LFE is committed to the welfare of all Apprentices and recognises that a number of personal problems may arise during their time on the ASE programme or beyond.

These may be in relation to sexual health, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling problems, financial issues or simply adjusting to the workload that a full time Apprentice away from home has to cope with.


If you are experiencing personal problems of this nature there are a number of people who are there to support you. The PFA offers the best source of support in these areas and as a member you are able to access a broad range of help through the agencies and partnerships the PFA have set up. To contact the PFA simply call 0161 236 0575 and ask to speak to one of the executives.

Other people able to offer support may include your parents or a trusted member of your Club/College staff. Your LFE Regional Officer is also there to help access support for you. Any discussions you have with your LFE Regional Officer will be treated in the strictest confidence and any further action they take will first be explained and agreed by you.

If you are unsure of your LFE Regional Officers contact details e-mail us using the facility available under the ‘Contact Us’ section of this website. All we need to know is the Club you are training at and we will be able to supply the LFE Regional Officer details to you.

LFE recommends that you talk to one of the above people or organisations about any problems you are experiencing. They will better understand your specific situation and be able to direct you to further help and support.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

Ever increasing numbers of young people across the UK have access to the internet. It is central to how they stay in touch with their friends and family. However, the internet is also a public place and while bringing many benefits and opportunities, also opens up new risks and challenges. That’s why League Football Education has teamed up with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

CEOP is part of the UK police, set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of children. The CEOP Centre aims to educate children, young people, their parents, carers and fans to understand the risks they may face online and what they can do to empower themselves to stay safe. They also track, locate and hold child sexual offenders to account.

League Football Education uses the internet to communicate to apprentices, to Football League clubs, to parents and carers. It’s important to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centres education programme Thinkuknow will help to do this. Whilst the Thinkuknow website targets advice at specific age groups up to the age of 16 years, League Football Education encourages apprentices to use the Thinkuknow programme principles of safe use of the internet as a good practice guidance for young players up to 18 years.

For further information on CEOP please visit the links below:

If for any reason you do not want to do this a number of useful websites are also available for you to use as sources of further information.