After months of anticipation and build up Progression 09 ‘The Northern Careers Event’ opened its doors this morning at 9.30am.
The event which is being held in conjunction with Careers in Sport and Leisure, is the UK’s first dedicated careers event for the sport and leisure sectors.
Featuring seminars, workshops and exhibitors, the event provides young people with a one-stop shop for careers advice and face-to-face access to employers, training providers, universities, recruitment consultants and sports national governing bodies.
Armed combat, abseiling into the arena and a 32 foot climbing wall made the Royal Marines Commando Display team an instant hit in the main exhibition hall. While Apprentices from Boston Utd, Darlington, Preston North End and Walsall took up the Pitch2Podium Olympic challenge on a purpose built track, cycles and pressure pad for vertical jumping.
Other Apprentices, players and athletes wandered through LFE’s Progression Partners, busy establishing links that will help their transition into complementary or alternate careers.
As events unfolded the philosophy of LFE’s Progression strategy was not lost on LFE Ambassador and current Rotherham Utd star, Ian Sharps, whose own appearance at the event coincided with the appearance of The Millers Apprentices chaperoned by Head of Youth, Steve Thornber.
Speaking to LFE online, Sharps commented;
“The Progression event at Sheffield Arena is of real value to all young players and LFE should be admired for the work that they are doing in helping to prepare lads for the future. Common sense dictates that a lot of Apprentices simply won’t end up in the game so events like this are invaluable.”