A teenage football fan has scored a top job with his favourite team just weeks after finishing secondary school.
Trafford Bretherton has won an apprenticeship, working with Blackpool FC as a groundsman at Bloomfield Road and the club’s Squires Gate training ground.
Fresh from secondary school, the 16-year-old saw off competition from dozens of applicants to undertake an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Sportsturf through Myerscough College’s training and under the direction of head groundsman, Stan Raby.
And the club proven to be a good place to start a sportsturf career as former Blackpool FC and Myerscough College apprentice, Paul Burgess, is now head groundsman at Spain’s Real Madrid stadium, the Bernabeu.
Trafford said: “I’m really happy to be starting my apprenticeship at Blackpool FC. I came for a few days’ work trial and I am now looking forward to starting my college training.”
The former St Bede’s Catholic High School pupil, from St Annes, will work to maintain the grounds and playing surfaces at both Bloomfield Road and also at the Squires Gate training complex.
Mr Raby said; “I am delighted to welcome Trafford to the team here at Blackpool FC.
“Trafford is clearly motivated, keen to learn new skills and fits in well to our existing team.
“Hopefully this is the start of a long career for him within the sportsturf industry.”
And his enthusiasm means he’s already attracted the attention of the club’s new manager, Jose Riga.
He said: “Trafford seems to have a real passion for the industry.
“It’s fantastic that as a club we are able to offer a local young person an apprenticeship and I wish Trafford the very best in his new career.”
Myerscough College, based in Bilsborrow, has trained sportsturf staff and groundsmen who work with some of the country’s top teams – this season Premier League, Championship and Football League clubs chose Myerscough Collegeas their partner for sportsturf training.
Mr Burgess said: “It’s no coincidence that so many top venues around the world feature groundsmen who have trained at Myerscough. Its facilities, quality of the teaching and support make it second to none.”