Fitness career beckons for Doncaster teen Liam

Liam Rylance.
Liam Rylance.

A Rossington teenager has set his heart on a career in the leisure industry thanks to an exciting apprenticeship with Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust.

Liam Rylance, aged 17, a sixth form pupil at Rossington All Saints Academy, began his work with DCLT as part of its post-16 pre-apprentice programme with the Schools Partnership Trust.

Following a successful pre-apprenticeship, Liam is now completing a full-time year apprenticeship at Rossington Leisure Centre as he trains to become a fitness instructor.

He said: “I have always loved sport and been really interested in keeping active and fit so when the opportunity to take part in the pre-apprentice programme came up through school I knew it was right for me. I have always felt it was important to have a career doing something I enjoy so a job in the leisure industry is ideal.

“As a fully-fledged apprentice, I am now getting to do lots of different things including helping to run a holiday camp and completing a qualification to become a gym instructor. I also hope to get my lifeguard qualification at some point too. I really enjoy learning on the job instead of being stuck in a classroom and it is such a better atmosphere than being at school as everyone is really happy to be at work and you get paid.”

Toni Illman, training and quality manager at DCLT, said: “We are delighted with how well Liam has done.”