Groundsmanship apprenticeship scheme launched at Ricoh Arena

A new apprenticeship scheme has been launched at Coventry's Ricoh Arena to coincide with the arena becoming an Olympic venue.

Lantra skills ambassador and Coventry City FC head groundsman John Ledwidge is launching the apprenticeship scheme for youngsters from local schools to undertake work experience try outs over the coming months.

The Ricoh Arena in Coventry will play host to between five and ten games at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Ledwidge said:  "I’m visiting local schools and colleges and asking pupils if they want to be part of the Olympics. During the Games we’ll need 10 to 12 extra hands on deck. So we’re running a scheme where youngsters can do work experience and then be offered 10-week placements."

Lantra’s David Winn commented:  "This new apprenticeship scheme sounds very exciting – it makes the most of a once in a lifetime opportunity and gives youngsters a chance to learn new practical skills."

For more information about the apprenticeship scheme email John at

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