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Recruitment and volunteering

We’ve an extensive range of sports, health and fitness volunteering opportunities in coaching, event management, facility management, marketing, media and officiating.

We‘ve placements on campus with local community sport organisations and national sports agencies. The Zambia Project offers an international volunteering experience where each summer, students from the University deliver a wide range of sports and activities to young Zambians.

If you have time, energy and commitment why not be the difference and play your part!

Why volunteer?

Volunteers and coaches play a vital role in sport. Volunteering is one of the best ways to develop your professional skills, gain experience and enhance your CV. There is no better time to do it than at University and many employers take volunteering into consideration when they recruit.

As a volunteer you'll:

  • gain knowledge and experience in the sport, health and fitness and environment
  • develop transferable skills such as communication, confidence, time management, organisation and leadership
  • achieve personal satisfaction by helping others
  • have fun and meet new people
  • enhance your employability
  • gain recognised qualifications

What do I get?

In return for your dedication, we’ll provide recognition for your volunteering and support to help you access training and development opportunities. Examples of what we offer include:

  • discounts on health, fitness and lifestyle qualifications
  • help to secure subsidy on UKCC qualifications
  • training to equip you with the skills, understanding and confidence to deliver activities effectively to a range of people in a range of settings

Volunteering opportunities

  • Coaching – children

    We’ve coaching opportunities available for gymnastics, tennis, golf and swimming coaches in the term-time classes.  During the Easter and summer holiday programmes, we also have opportunities for sports leaders.

  • Coaching – Sports Union

    The sports union has over 50 different sports clubs. The teams compete at various levels from local to regional and national level within BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport). You could volunteer if you have some coaching experience and you’re looking to develop your skills.

    You can also gain plenty of skills by working in a Union sports club committee. Managing fixtures, planning trips and competitions and dealing with finances are all invaluable skills for your future career within sport.

  • Fitness centre

    You’ll work alongside our fitness officers and learn how to manage a gym facility while ensuring an all-round, safe and enjoyable experience for our customers. You’ll get the opportunity to complete a nationally recognised fitness qualification at a reduced cost. 

  • Events

    Do you want to get involved in the planning and delivery of one-off events and sporting occasions?

    As the home of so many national governing bodies we’re your gateway to an exciting range of different events. On campus you can:

    • help at the annual Dumyat Hill Race that attracts talented runners from across Scotland
    • organise the primary golf festival held at Airthrey
    • inspire young swimmers to achieve their personal best in the Distance Swim Challenge
    • contribute to major participation events such as Race for Life
  • Marketing and media

    If you're passionate about sport and you want to pursue a career within media and communication then we want to hear from you!

    We need digital and social media savvy students to help promote the sports activities happening on campus including events, teams and programmes. Support will be required at busy periods such as major events, but also on a regular basis with programmes such as our participation sports programme, sports teams and fitness activities.

  • Zambia project

    Stirling is one of seven British universities working together on the international development programme, Volunteer Zambia.

    Volunteer Zambia is committed to supporting sports development in the capital city of Lusaka. We work alongside our Zambian partners to share knowledge and experience.

    Each summer, students from the University are selected and trained to deliver a wide range of sports and activities to young Zambians. It offers students the opportunity to add value to their University education, enhance their global awareness, develop their leadership skills and improve their teaching, coaching and officiating abilities.

    Students work alongside the Zambian non-government organisation Sport in Action. The initiative focuses on the positive impact that sport can have upon impoverished communities; helping to improve the quality of lives and delivering key health messages.

    The seven universities involved, collectively known as the Wallace Group, are:

    • University of Bath
    • Cardiff Metropolitan University
    • Durham University
    • Loughborough University
    • Northumbria University
    • University of St Andrews
    • University of Stirling

    For further information please contact Chris Purdie on 01786 466900 or email

Current vacancies and opportunities

Current volunteering opportunities

We have some exciting opportunities for students who are looking to enhance their CV and university experience by taking part in our Get Active program!

Assistant Sport Activator x4
Are you passionate about sport? Come and boost your CV by getting involved with the brand new Get Active Programme. Help us get more students active and be involved with shaping the direction of the programme. Excellent opportunity to gain experience coordinating your own sports session and organising pop-up events.

Lead Outdoor Fitness Activator
Are you passionate about fitness and the outdoors? Do you have a fitness qualification? We have an exciting opportunity for a student to lead a beginner jogging session and outdoor fitness class on the brand new Get Active programme. This is an excellent opportunity to boost your CV. You will gain experience leading your own session, promoting physical activity to students and shaping a new sports programme.

For more information please email us at

Current vacancies

Women's Football Head Coach
We've an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and experienced football coach to take on the Head Coach role with the University of Stirling Women's Football Club. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, organising, delivering and monitoring the University's performance women's football programmes with a focus on both the BUCS 1st X1 and the SWPL1 team.

To apply or for more information, visit the University's job page.

Contact the Sports Volunteer Coordinator

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