Tyne Metropolitan College is seeking a female follower of football who can be in a league of her own by winning a coveted FA-backed soccer apprenticeship.

They will learn key engagement skills and leadership qualities on the one-year programme.

Their role will involve helping to double the number of women and girls participating in the beautiful game in the college’s wide catchment area.

The Women and Girls apprentice will do this by working with schools and the community to recruit 100 new female participants and 10 female leaders.

The role also targets increasing the number of females volunteering as organisers, coaches, referees, and to engage more from ethnic minority groups as players and volunteers.

The apprenticeship has been developed partly to counter figures which show only 45 percent of girls have played football by the age of 10, compared to 85 percent of boys.

Statistics also reveal that 50 percent of players are lost to the sport from the age of 15.

Applications are open, and the apprentice will be in place by November 20.

Chris Wall, deputy head of department (NESA) at TyneMet, said: “This an exciting opportunity for a talented young person to play an active and important role in developing female football in this region.

“The ideal candidate will be passionate about creating opportunities for women and girls to engage in football, and also have good written and verbal communication, and competent IT skills.

“They should also be enthusiastic, a confident group speaker, hardworking and reliable, be able to take on responsibility effectively, work as part of a team and independently, and have strong leadership skills.

“TyneMet looks forward to hearing from females who have the self-belief to take on this challenge.”

The apprentice will also be tasked with increasing the number of players aged eight to 11 at Key Stage 2 and supporting their transition into secondary school and community football.

And focus will fall on supporting participation for 15 and 16-year-olds as they move into college or community soccer.

Of the 10 leaders who will be recruited, half must come from the community and the same number from within TyneMet.

The apprenticeship, developed by the FA and the Association of Colleges (AoC), will see the successful applicant work towards a Level 3 Sports Development qualification.

They will also gain one additional qualification or relevant training opportunity, such as coaching, refereeing, or football administration.

There is also opportunity to develop additional skills by attending local workshops and professional development events, such as with the County FA and County Sports Partnership.

The course will allow the apprentice to progress to a higher-level apprenticeship, further training or study, university or employment.

The package of support includes the apprentice spending two days at St George’s Park, the England team’s national training ground, on November 29 and 30.

They will also undergo an AoC Sport and the FA-organised learning and development programme.

The Women and Girls’ Football Apprentice has been funding through a £7,000 grant from AoC Sport in partnership with The Football Association.

If aged 16 to 18, the apprentice will be paid the minimum wage rate for an apprentice of £3.50 per hour.

This rate applies to those under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

They must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for age if they are an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.

The apprenticeship programme is in line with local and national skills strategies and contributes to reducing skills shortages.

Most apprentices on the programme nationally who have not already done so achieve qualifications in English and/or mathematics to the level required for their apprenticeship.

Many make further progress in developing their skills in these subjects relevant to their vocational area.

More information is available from Chris Wall on 0191 229 5000 or at chris.wall@tynemet.ac.uk

The application form is at www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-193552