Riley Pickwell at the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

Work experience student gains multiple skills by working with the YouNG Project

The YouNG project supported Riley Pickwell, a student at Grantham College, with an work experience placement. This is his view on the work experience week and the opportunities it led to:

At Grantham College, students are required to complete a minimum of one week’s work experience for level 3 programmes. Pickwell discovered his placement independently despite having a team of staff who aid students in finding a placement at his college. Riley stated he had “nothing to lose” when he decided to contact the club and ask the question. Surprisingly, he received a yes from the club which led to Riley describing that the placement was “the best work experience I’ve ever had.”

Riley enjoyed his placement at NCCC the most compared to other different placements such as working in schools, running children’s programmes and playing for a variety of football and cricket teams.

 The World cup was underway at the same time as Riley Pickwell’s work experience placement which led to the opportunity of meeting the famous Australian Cricketer Marcus Stoinis.

Pickwell’s work experience also included opportunities such as working with the Community Trust YouNG project. This project involves helping young people to create ideas and prospects for their future. In addition, he also worked with the PR team publishing articles for the website.

Riley commented that “working with the PR team has taught me something new and will help me with my own sports blog which I have set up. This was a new side of the sporting industry for me and another skill to add to my CV.”

Riley’s aspirations are to go into a sports coaching career. To aid this, he is planning to continue playing football and cricket as much as possible. Pickwell stated “anything to do with sport; I’m totally up for it – apart from rugby!” The level 3 sport student hopes to go to Leeds Beckett University in September to study a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and will continue to aim high. He commented “I want to get as high as I can and don’t want to lose what I’ve achieved over the past few years.”