While most of Hull will have enjoyed the Tigers celebrations following last years play-off final success, Frank Belt can be forgiven for not sharing in the widespread elation in Humberside.
Having been told that he would be deemed surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium the young full-back was already making alternative plans for the future while his team-mates were enjoying the prospect of trips to Old Trafford, Anfield and The Emirates in the clubs first appearance in the top tier of English football.
Starting the new season playing part-time football at Bridlington Town in the North East Counties League, he decided to turn to LFE to review his career options. Deciding that his next move would be to undertake a Gym Instructor course LFE paired the youngster with progression partners YMCAfit.
A six-day course at Hillsborough Leisure Centre followed including a practical assessment which was passed with flying colours and he is now waiting to sit his theory exam on 6th February before progressing on to potential employment with another LFE partner Fitness First.
“I had a year pro and originally thought about going to the states to try my hand over there but after speaking to LFE and discussing my options I was sure that the gym instructor’s course was the way forward for me. Hopefully I can now pass the theory exam and impress enough at interview to complete my move into a new profession.”
LFE’s Project Manager is delighted with Frank’s progress and is keen to stress that he will be the first of many to move from football into the mainstream leisure and recreation industry via this pathway,
“LFE are now in a position where we can use the links we’ve made through progression partners to place ex-Apprentices into programmes that provide alternative or complementary career pathways. We have initiated a successful model with YMCAfit and Fitness First that has already seen a number of ex-Apprentices start to retrain for future careers.”