Sports Volunteering roles that are community-facing usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Manchester Leadership Award. Roles that support other students usually count towards the "Step Up and Lead" section.
Whether you consider yourself to be ‘Sporty’ or not, our Sport Volunteer Scheme gives you access to a range of opportunities to develop your skills and build fantastic networks. Our scheme works with external partners to provide hundreds of volunteer roles in the local community as well as the opportunity to lead one of our UoM Sport Programmes:
We work with around 30 community organisations to provide a wide range of opportunities which include one off events and regular placements with schools, sports clubs and governing bodies. All you need is an interest in sport, a few spare hours a month and a desire to make sport happen for others.
SVS have provided volunteers who marshalled at the Great Manchester Run, coached football at award winning sports clubs, coordinating competitors at Marie Curie Swimathon and even attended the 2012 Olympics.
Be rewarded and recognised through volunteering certificates, financial contributions towards National Governing Body qualifications, enhanced employability and free Sport kit.
Roles in this area are either elected (by the AU clubs) or appointed by the Sport team at the start of the year.
As part of the Manchester Leadership Program, Hannah was keen to keep involved in sport so took up a role as a Trampoline Coach and play session leader at Jumpspace.
During her role, Hannah would be responsible for coaching and delivering rebound therapy activities for children with special need alongside their siblings.
As a result of her volunteering, Hannah has enhanced her communication, leadership and team working skills as well as developing a real passion for working with children that has helped her decide on her future career after University.
She says “Volunteering has helped me to gain the skills and experience that I need to transfer in to my future studies and career. My involvement has given has given me the confidence to interact and communicate with children and highlighted my desires to pursue this interest area after University. This experience has been essential in allowing me to successfully apply for a postgraduate children’s nursing course. It was great to feel included in a sport program even though I’m not a competitive athlete, which shows that sports volunteering really is for everyone!”