Step Up, Stand Out. Volunteering through sport

University of Leeds
4 min readMar 16, 2023

Doing good while developing your skills and personal values…

Imagine there was one thing you could do to supercharge your CV, meet new people, gain a sense of purpose and boost your skills & values…..

The good news is that there is and it’s free! Volunteering through sport offers a wide range of programmes that you can get involved in, from becoming a coaching scholar to volunteering at Seacroft hospital. And what’s better is that anyone can apply — you don’t have to be sporty!

So, what kind of student are you?

We’ve put together some ideas that may fit with your studies. (However, you may want to broaden your horizons and do something completely different to what you do day in day out!)

SPORTS STALWART? Get a head start

Coach Scholar

Support your peers and deliver student to student coaching sessions each week. This is ideal if you want to gain coaching experience and qualifications whilst also taking a leading role in your club or society.

Sports Development Assistant

Careers in sport are lively and fast paced. If you’re thinking sport is the sector for you Leeds Sport can offer you applied experience right here on campus as part of our sport development team. You’ll learn by doing alongside our professional team and help students to lead more active lives.

Leeds Sport can offer you applied experience right here on campus as part of our sport development team.

BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OR VIDEOGRAPHER? Get a handle on this:

Leeds Sport Content Creator

Are you a budding photographer, videographer or savvy social content creator? Volunteer with our professional sports marketing team and gain experience in sports and higher education, whilst providing the all-important student perspective!

Looking to get into marketing or PR? Love blogging, social media and helping shape communications?

MEDIC? Too much time in LGI? Forever at St James’s? Heavy schedule? Dissect this list:

Woodhouse Moor Parkrun

Parkrun is set to make its return this June and as always volunteers will be needed every weekend to facilitate the event. These roles are varied and very flexible, perfect if you are time poor. You could be time-keeping, barcode scanning or taking on the role of a marshal, to name just a few!

PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT? Have a good old’ think about this:

Lifestyle and wellbeing workshop volunteer

Our mental health is so important, and you can get involved in our exercise referral programme as a volunteer. Students signposted to become more active by student counselling can access peer group support through our buddy scheme — both male & female students are encouraged to apply for this role to reflect the diverse student population here at Leeds!

Our mental health is more important than ever before and you can get involved in our exercise referral programme as a volunteer.

BOOKWORM Read a lot? 6–8 contact hours a week? Settle down and look at these:

Leeds Hyde Park Football Coach

Get involved in a local grassroots club right on our doorstep in Hyde Park. The club offer roles and support for budding coaches but also look for volunteers to work behind the scenes in club administration, promotion and fundraising!

Get involved in a local grassroots club right on our doorstep in Hyde Park.

LAB LOVER? Sick of looking at those reports? Long days? Analyse these results:

Netball Umpire

Our thriving social netball league is a big part of the weekly calendar for over 300 girls. A team of volunteer umpires call the shots and help to ensure the league runs smoothly. You’ll be developing your decision making, problem solving and communication skills — all skills which are transferable into the graduate world!

EDUCATOR? Want to work with kids and hone your teaching skills?

Gryphons into Schools

Our Gryphons into Schools programme aims to do good stuff and bring students and young people in Leeds together through sport. Delivering sport in local primary & secondary schools is a great way for sporty students to inspire others and give something back. You could be delivering a lunchtime or afterschool sports session or supporting a teacher or qualified coach during curriculum time PE.

Not sure how to proceed? Take a look at our volunteering webpage for some further information or sign up for the Leeds Sport volunteering mailing list and you’ll be the first to know when new opportunities arise.

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