Two off-the-pitch staff at Burnley FC have celebrated National Apprenticeship Week by signing up to leadership and management qualifications with Nelson and Colne College.

Carl Sanderson, Burnley FC’s commercial operations manager, and Steve Hawthorn, project manager and data protection officer at the club, met Alison Rushton, vice principal for apprenticeships at the Nelson and Colne College Group, during a ‘Back to the Floor’ opportunity at Turf Moor this week.

Mr Sanderson, who started working at Burnley Football Club straight after leaving uni in 2007, said: “One of the things I'm often asked about is what I want out of my job, and the answer is progression.

"I’m always looking better myself and improve my skill-set and this is a perfect opportunity to do just that.

"I started at Burnley FC as a commercial assistant and have worked my way up to become commercial operations manager.

"I really enjoy my job as no day is the same.

"A lot has changed in the time I've been at the club and my responsibilities have changed too.

"I’m relishing the challenge of going back into learning to develop my knowledge."

National Apprenticeship week, which took place from February 3-9, is an annual celebration of apprenticeships that champions the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Mr Hawthorn said: “I absolutely love the job that I do at Burnley Football Club as I get to work across the departments and I’m part of the senior management team.

“I’ve now been in the football industry for 10 years and worked my way up to be head of marketing at Bradford City Football Club before I moved to Burnley.

"I’m excited for the opportunity to gain a formal qualification that is relevant to my career and the apprenticeship will really help develop my leadership and presentation skills.”

Ms Rushton, who is also a Trustee at Burnley FC in the Community, said: “I’m delighted that Carl and Steve have decided to upskill and develop themselves through leadership and management apprenticeships, and it was a pleasure to meet them to learn more about their career aspirations.

"Leadership and management qualifications are a ‘go to’ qualification for individuals who are aiming high in their career, and Carl and Steve have ambition in abundance.

"I’m proud that we are able to support Burnley FC in its ambition to develop its talented team."