Click on the audio console and listen to part of
radio programme in which football trainee Matt Kooper –
interviewed by Carla Kepler – talks about his job. Complete the
chart which summarizes what Matt says. Write
just one or two words in each blankspace. Then
check your answers.
training and matches
two pairs of boots
not much time off
My first job - Part 1b
Now, listen again while you check Matt Kooper's
comments with the audio transcription.
Welcome to another in our series on unusual
jobs for school-leavers. Today we look at two jobs that get you
into the open air. First I'm going to talk to Matt Kooper who
has been taken on by Colchester United as a football trainee.
Could you tell us what that means, being a
Yes, well, basically it means I spend two years
preparing to be a professional footballer. If I make the grade,
after the two-year course, the club will sign me up as a
Well, that sounds very exciting. So does that
mean you spend all your time out on the football field, training
and playing matches?
No, I wish it did!! We do spend a lot of time
training, about 15 hours a week, and there are youth matches
every weekend. But most of a trainee's life is spent doing
chores. First of all, we have to wash all the players' kit, that
is everything they wear: shorts, shirts, socks, everything. Then
we have to clean up round the club grounds. That means we clean
the changing rooms and the toilets. And after a match we have to
sweep up all the litter the spectators have left behind.
And how much do you get paid for all those
washing and cleaning duties?
£55 a week, and two pairs of football boots.
That doesn't sound much.
No, I suppose it doesn't. But I would do it for
nothing!! I would do anything for the chance to play football.
Well, apart from the low wages, are there any
other disadvantages in your job?
Not really, it's all brilliant... er ... except
there are a lot of rules we have to obey, a bit like school. Yes,
too many rules are a definite disadvantage. And not much time
off is another one. I hardly ever have time to see my girlfriend.
What qualifications do you need to become a
Well, obviously you've got to have a talent for
the game, a better than average skill. And you've also got to
have determination - determination to succeed in football
Thank you, Matt, I wish you luck in your chosen
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este programa radial con una entrevista a Tina Watkyns, una
joven 'bicycle courier' (mensajería en bicicleta) ...