Damar Apprentice chosen to represent the country through GB Police Rugby League Team

Nineteen-year old Jimmy Connaughton from Rochdale came to Damar in hope to get a Greater Manchester Police apprenticeship back in 2015. Since October last year, Jimmy has worked in the Force Intelligence Branch where he has shadowed various intelligence departments as part of his development. Due to hard work and dedication, Jimmy has recently been appointed as an intelligence officer which he will start in October 2017.

I am just enjoying my time in the force and am learning new things each day. I want to be able to enhance my skills and maybe one day join the front line and become a police officer.– Jimmy Connaughton

After 12 months with GMP, Jimmy, along with 19 other squad members, has been selected to represent the country as part of the GB Police Rugby League Team to play in Vancouver, Canada. The team will play against the Canadian Wolverines and the New Zealand Police Force from 18 September to 2 October. Gareth Pratt from Littleborough and team manager Chris Cowling from West Yorkshire Police have been chosen to coach the team.

Jimmy said: “It is a real honour to represent GMP and the country as part of team GB. I have been playing rugby since I was seven years old so going forward I am using all of my skills learnt over the years in the matches I will play. We have already started the season on some wins after playing a tough game against the Prison Service. I’m just hoping that we can draw on this success going forward for our matches in Canada.”

Gareth Pratt, head coach, commented: “James [Jimmy] is a real asset to the team. He is a determined and skilful young man with a good rugby league background. He has been developing well at his local amateur club and since coming into the GB squad he has shown the qualities I am looking for in a player. He has an excellent attitude and work ethic. From my point of view young players like Jimmy add to the development of the squad and I look forward to the skills they will bring when the team goes on tour later this month.”

Sergeant Trevor Eaton from Greater Manchester Police who manages Jimmy said: “He is a real asset to the organisation and has shown a real interest in developing himself and learning. Jimmy has even helped integrate a new IT system while a part of the team. I want to wish him and his team all the luck for their tour this month.”

Charlotte Plevin, Jimmy’s Trainer at Damar replied: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Jimmy on the completion of his apprenticeship. He is outgoing, positive and hard-working and is always smiling when I’ve visited. He’s got a fantastic opportunity ahead of him and I wish him the best of luck in is future with GMP”

A huge congratulations to Jimmy! Good luck to you and the team in Vancouver and we wish you all the best in your new role.

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