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The Team here at Sporting Futures Training are immensely proud to announce that we have received an OUTSTANDING OFSTED report with NO RECOMMENDATIONS.

Sporting Futures Training are celebrating the accolade of being graded as an OUTSTANDING OFSTED Grade 1 provider across all areas of inspection, with no recommendations, following their first FULL OFSTED in September this year.

This places Sporting Futures Training in a unique position across the country as it is very rare for provision to be recognised as OUTSTANDING in all areas:

The Quality of Education

Behaviour and attitudes

Personal Development

Leadership and management

The company Sporting Futures Training UK Ltd, that was founded in 2011 by Co-Directors, Jill Eaton and Jo Pountney, as a result of funding being withdrawn from the, then School Sports Partnerships, has continued to thrive and make an impact through apprenticeships on the lives of many individuals.

Entering the Training Provider world from scratch with a team of Teachers and ex-school staff, we are committed to working within schools to show them the impact and opportunities that apprenticeships can have within their workplace.

SFT have overcome challenges such as Apprentice reforms and the more recent pandemic and have continued to be led by their learners in developing a robust, successful program. ‘We speak the language of our schools and recognise the daily challenges faced within the school environment and we are here to work with schools to recognise the value of Apprenticeships not just in schools but across the wider landscape’, said Director Jill Eaton.

Their key focus is School-Based Apprenticeships, PE Apprenticeships and also Classroom Teaching Assistants and many individuals who have been through the SFT programs over the last ten years are still working in schools today as either, Teachers, Teaching Assistants or PE Teaching Assistants.

The success of the SFT ethos lies within the partnership working of the employers/Tutors who through a supportive, nurturing environment task Learners to aspire to achieve. We work with like-minded individuals / Lead Tutors across Durham/ Liverpool/ Birmingham/ London and beyond to deliver a quality program.

Key hub areas are based within Sedgefield School Sports Partnership ( Go-Well), Liverpool School Sports Partnership, Kingsbury School Sports Partnership, Enfield PE Team, within key London hubs and all across Hertfordshire.

Director Jo Pountney reflected: ‘To receive recognition from OFSTED on such a level, truly reflects the commitment and dedication of our team. To hear the feedback from the inspectors and evidence they had gathered through talking to our Learners, employers and tutors was reward for all the years we have strived to deliver a high-quality program.’

The report stated, ‘Apprentices learn from highly skilled and qualified tutors. Apprentices gain substantial new teaching skills and a good understanding of the different stages of education.’

‘Apprentices receive excellent support from mentors in the workplace… and benefit from expert workplace mentors.’

Leaders are rigorous and demanding in their drive for improvement…. Leaders have planned a rich and ambitious curriculum.

Jill Eaton also said that, ’we are so proud that the above and beyond support given by our tutors to our learners was noted, ‘ Tutors know their apprentices extremely well…Tutors expertly coach their apprentices to become reflective practitioners’. The report showed that our learners were professional and empathetic with the young people within their charge and for these values to be carried through to the next generation of PE workforce makes us all extremely proud.’

It has been a challenging couple of years and to receive this outstanding grade, truly represents a landmark for SFT and is a great way to celebrate their 10 year journey.

We continue to recruit schools and apprentices and to get the message out there that there are current Government Incentives of up to £4000 if a school recruits a new Apprentice- please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are an individual looking for a school’s placement or a school wanting to employ a new apprentice or upskill existing staff.

A copy of the report can be seen here:

10192233 – Sporting Futures Tra – 1278643 – Final

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We are looking for apprentices NOW 

If you are interested in any apprenticeship positions please complete our online application form to express your interest. We advise applicants to fill in the application form in as much detail as possible providing them the best opportunity to be invited for an interview at employers.


We have positions waiting to be filled in  Enfield, Barnet, Ealing,  and many others.

Returning to School January 2021 – Apprentice Guidance

Welcome Back to the New Term and 2021
We hope that everyone has had a great Christmas Break and that you are ready to embark upon the New Year with a renewed optimism that this will be the year we move forwards and eventually return to some form of normality.
The recent school guidance from the Government has been a little confusing and is continually changing and we want to make sure you know where you should go for immediate advice on your own school/s situation. Every school is different hence it is important that you keep in touch with both your mentor and your tutor.
Your first step is:
1. Contact your mentor in school to see when you will be returning to school.
2. Contact your tutor to let them know if you will be in school from 4th January or returning at a later date.
3. Both Your remote learning with your tutor and any virtual training being delivered by Sporting Futures Training will continue as planned.
4. If you are starting employment at your new school – contact the Head Teacher for guidance on when you should go into school.
5. Remember – that Vulnerable children and keyworkers children will STILL be in school from the 4th January no matter what area you are in and you may be needed to support with this delivery, this is why it is so important to contact your mentor in school.
If you have tested positive to covid please ensure you let your school and tutor know immediately and then continue with keeping yourselves well and following the isolation period of 10 days.
If you feel anxious about returning to school then you MUST let your mentor/Head Teacher/ Tutor know of your concerns.
If you have personal vulnerabilities medical/ anxieties – again you must discuss these concerns and vulnerabilities with your mentor/Tutor so that we can support you with your situation.
If you are caught up with Teachers Unions and the Unions positions relating to return to work for staff within your school – You may find that your mentor is unable to comment upon giving advice about returning to school – we must ask for you to talk to your Head teacher directly for guidance and remember we are here to talk to you at the Sporting Futures Training Office as well to support you with decisions.
TEL: 01438 791068
You must make the decision if you feel it is safe to return following discussions with your HT and Tutor.
These are really challenging times and whilst we know that there is a vaccine on the horizon we also know that schools at the moment are in the spotlight, the above are conversations that most of you would hope you would never have to have with Head Teachers etc , but this is a responsibility that you need to take yourself and we will support you with whatever decision you take.
Look after yourselves and please do not hesitate to contact your tutors or the Sporting Futures Training Team for further guidance.
Thank you everyone
Take Care and we wish you well for a Happy, Healthy 2021
Jill Eaton

Government Wage Incentives extended until September 2021

The Budget March 2021 brought an extension to the recent Government Wage Incentives for employing New Apprentices.

If an Employer employs a new Apprentice between 1st April 2021 – 30th September 2021 the following wage incentives are available:

Covid incentive £3000 until 30th September 2021  for all ages of apprentice, with an additional £1000* for the employment of a 16-18 yr old. (also applies to 19+ with an ECHP plan or care leaver)

Wage Table: As of April 2021 



Information Evenings Every Wednesday 5-30pm-6-30pm

Starting Wednesday 13th May, James French, Senior SFT Tutor will be delivering virtual Information Sessions for interested Individuals with regards to embarking upon a Sporting Futures Training Apprenticeship for the Academic Year 2020/2021:

To join the meetings the easiest way is to download the ‘Go to Meeting’ App on your phone which looks like this:

Or you can go to the ‘Go to meeting’ website :

And enter the 9 digit code which is unique to me: 160-515-133 or if this doesn’t work try typing my name JamesFrench1.



Employers Engagement Meeting – Apprenticeships New and Exisiting with Directors Jill Eaton and Jo Pountney

Please join us on our regular Employer Engagement Drop-in session

  • Overview of Apprenticeship Opportunities 11-11-30am
  • Opportunity for existing employers to ask questions about their current Apprentices 11-30am – 12-00pm
  • Details below:
  • New Employers – Opportunity to Find out about Apprenticeships in your school – Directors Jill Eaton and Jo Pountney – Existing Employers Q and A from 11-30am

    Employer Engagement Meeting – Apprenticeships in Schools
    Mon, May 11, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (BST)

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

    Access Code: 895-141-413

    New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

    Can we thank you for your continued support?

    Please find below some FAQ relating to the current situation and please do not hesitate to contact

    [email protected] tel: 07901 603292 for further updates.


Learners Questions Drop in Session with Directors Jill Eaton and Jo Pountney

Learners Drop In Session – Questions about your Apprenticeship with Directors Jill Eaton and Jo Pountney
Thu, May 7, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (BST)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 582-477-325

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: