Stirling Albion’s teenage striker Sandy Cunningham has recently taken up the role as a Modern Apprentice within our community programme.
Sandy started his apprenticeship at the end of August and has been assisting Community Engagement Manager Andy Todd. The Modern Apprenticeship scheme is run by Active Stirling through the Sports Academy of Scotland and Stirling Albion have been able to join as a partner and have Sandy deployed with the club.
Sandy will complete an SVQ Level 3 training programme, which is delivered by the Sports Academy of Scotland, during his year-long apprenticeship. Along with Sandy, Active Stirling and local clubs will be deploying a further five apprentices.
Andy Todd said: “The Modern Apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop skills and qualifications that can help them start on the pathway to a career in sport. The programme is growing all the time and the fact that Stirling Albion have now joined as a partner is evidence of this.”
Sandy has now been playing with the Stirling Albion for just over a year and broke into the first-team squad after a number of impressive performances with the under 19s. He scored his first senior goal against Queen’s Park at Hampden last month and has also been enjoying his new role in the community programme.
The 18-year-old said: “I am really enjoying my new role at the club and I’m also excited to be the first person to have done this at Stirling Albion. This has been my first experience of coaching and it has been really good going out to the local schools and getting so many children involved with football.
“I am looking forward to gaining my SVQ Level 3 along with some other sports specific qualifications and I have just attended my SFA children’s level 1.1 course.”
Andy added: “It is fantastic that Sandy has come in as our Modern Apprentice and he will benefit massively from the experience and qualifications he will gain throughout the year.
“The programme will also benefit from having him involved – the kids love seeing a player out at events and sessions and it has been really positive that there are two of us now out delivering the community programme.
“It is another great step forward for our programme – acquiring a modern apprentice was one of the first things we wanted to do and I’m delighted that Sandy has now taken up his post.”