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Harry strives to reach the top of his game with an apprenticeship

Monday 29th January 2018

Harry Yorke has come a long way over the past six months.

The 23-year-old from Belvedere has finally got his life in order after working in a string of unskilled, dead-end jobs, experiencing the loss of his mother two years ago and undergoing a further period as primary carer for his father who suffered a life-threatening illness.

After answering a call by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) for enthusiastic, talented young people to take part in a 12-week traineeship in partnership with London South East Colleges, he has recently secured a very prestigious apprenticeship opportunity with Newham College as their new Women’s Football Team Coach.

Harry is currently working towards an FA Level 2 Coaching Award as well as a Sports Leadership Level 3 Certificate. On top of all this, he is also studying GCSE English and maths.

“It’s a very busy time for me but I’m really enjoying the whole experience and feel like it’s taking me somewhere,” he says.

“I owe so much to Charlton Athletic and my fabulous tutor Kate Gould who has helped me turn my life around.

“Just a year ago, I was traveling around South East Asia after saving up my wages from being a kitchen porter for so long. During my travels, I was wondering what I would do when I returned to London. I knew I couldn’t go back to menial work, I had to find something that would give me a career.

“I am now working towards something very valuable in terms of gaining work experience, learning new skills and gaining knowledge in sports leadership and coaching. The staff here at my new workplace have been very welcoming and it’s great to be part of a very eager and dynamic student enrichment team.

“In the future, I would like to develop this role further and continue working with young people in academy coaching. I simply want to give something back.”

Sport, particularly football, has always been Harry’s chief passion in life.

He was his school’s football team captain and, as part of his traineeship, was given the chance to volunteer in a series of sporting youth work experiences as well as receiving lessons in CV writing, job interview practice, communications and core skills.