Sport at Loughborough – Coach and Volunteer Academy (CVA)

Sport at Loughborough – Coach and Volunteer Academy (CVA)


So, the CVA had a massive impact on my student
experience. It opened my eyes to a potential It opened my eyes to a potential career path. Before I came to university, I didn’t quite
know what I wanted to do. I got involved with the event management strand
within the Coaching & Volunteering Academy and got involved in some absolutely world-class
events; both as a volunteer, and also event managing as well. The CVA helped me to develop so many transferable
skills that I use day-to-day in my job now, even though I don’t work directly in sport
at the moment. I work in student engagement, which obviously
was very similar to what I was doing when I was a volunteer for the CVA. Through gaining experience in different areas,
I found what I was most passionate about. My current placement is with Loughborough
Swimming. We provide physiological support for the elite
athletes here, in preparation for BUCS to Commonwealth games. So, I got involved through a campaign that
I launched when I was on my hall committee. We were really struggling to get girls involved
in our IMS program, and so we decided to launch the campaign ‘Telford Girls Can’ off of the
back of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’. I got in contact with somebody at Loughborough
Sport, who asked if I’d like to launch the campaign as ‘Loughborough Girls Can’, to try
and increase female participation in sport across campus. Obviously, I was really excited to do that,
so I got involved that way and then that was my first step into the CVA as a volunteer. In my second year, I was able to get involved
with My Lifestyle in the committee, and that really helped with my development and gave
me the skills to get a really good work placement. My work placement was with the England Women’s
rugby team with the English Institute of Sport, and I was a physiologist there. So, one of the things I got for my feedback
with the IAS after getting the role was how vast my experience was, which all came from
the CVA. After graduation I’m hoping to go back into
a sporting environment working with elite athletes, hopefully do a master’s here, and
then hopefully onto further work, working with the best athletes in the world. I came here as a reasonably elite sportsman
and found that there was so many opportunities to get involved here, through coaching and
volunteering or our My Lifestyle program, which is our recreational section. The intra-mural program is a really great,
kind of competitive offer, but without that elite standard. In all honesty, I don’t think sport would
run in the same way it does in Loughborough without the CVA. Volunteers and coaches are ingrained in absolutely
everything we have here.

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