Meet the student volunteers helping to make sport happen at NTU

With a wide number of clubs, classes and sessions available through NTU Sport, there are plenty of opportunities for students to gain hands on experience in coaching and leading sessions.

With a wide number of clubs, classes and sessions available through NTU Sport, there are plenty of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in coaching and leading sessions. We asked two of our previous NTU Sports Volunteers to share their experiences.

Maria Goodwin – Wheelchair Basketball Officer, March 2013 – June 2014

"My main sport volunteering experience at the University was being the higher educational wheelchair basketball officer. This was a role where I looked after the club, coached the sessions, advertised the sessions, and tried to gain new members in any way possible. I worked closely with the sports department to achieve my goals.

"I started volunteering as I thought it would be a great way to enhance my experience at university. I also am passionate about disability sport and thought this was a great way to give something back. I wanted a new challenge and to do something rewarding.

"I have met so many new people through volunteering which is what made it so enjoyable. It definitely enhances your CV and at each of my interviews I have had, they have always asked about my volunteering experience. It is great to relate back to my volunteering to tell the interviewees the new skills I learnt through volunteering and how it can benefit them. It's  time consuming and you have to be good at time management and prioritising, but once that has been sorted out it is all positives!

"Volunteering has helped me not only in getting a job but also on a personal level. My confidence has grown and my interaction skills enhanced.  Volunteering has kept me going through some hard times at university and has always lifted my spirits. Without it I would have not learnt the skills I have gained today."

Campbell Wilson – Badminton Volunteer, September 2013 – June 2014

"In October 2013 I became a Higher Education Officer (HEO), which is a volunteer role for Badminton England at NTU.

"My role involved independently leading two 'No Strings Badminton' sessions per week at NTU, and administrating and reporting figures and data back to Badminton England. I found this volunteer role highly beneficial to me, from both a social and a developmental perspective. Independently leading the sessions gave me a real boost in a number of highly valuable skills, most notably confidence, communication, leadership, and people skills.

"I found being a volunteer very enjoyable. Being the No Strings Badminton Coordinator became a large part of my identity. During the year, I had a number of successes, such as organising and running internal and external events, being recognised by Badminton England for my hard work, and winning the award for being the best HEO in the country.

"At the end of the year, I was presented with the opportunity to apply for a number of work experience positions with Badminton England. Due to my volunteering experience and hard work, I was successful in my application, and completed four weeks of work experience in the Performance Operations and Performance Analysis team at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

"Being a HEO was invaluable to my development and I would very highly recommend sports volunteering to others."

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Meet the student volunteers helping to make sport happen at NTU

Published on 6 October 2014
  • Category: Sport

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