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Recruitment and volunteering

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

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

Current vacancies and internship opportunities

  • Junior Tennis Internships 2018/19

    Role summary

    With the advertised internship opportunity you will be integrated in to the University’s Tennis Development Programme. The role is diverse and will see the successful candidates working closely with the Head of Tennis and University of Stirling Sport staff to develop their knowledge of tennis and their ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The role will provide a supplementary development opportunity that specifically targets employability skills for when leaving University.

    Duties and responsibilities

    • Minimum of 4 hours per week shadowing and supporting coaching staff during tennis sessions (i.e. data collection, charting and match-day support for high performance student athletes, feeding and hitting in junior and adult lessons).
    • Assisting in the set-up and take-down of tennis sessions.
    • Completion of a reflective log to continually reflect and evaluate on progress and experiences.
    • Being part of a mentoring program and working with a team of interns, actively engaging in tennis events, coaching workshops and group meetings.

    Requirements

    • First or second year undergraduate student
    • Interest in sport with a specific interest in tennis
    • First Aid Certificate or willing to work towards obtaining First Aid certificate
    • Enrolment on to the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
    • Motivated, well-organised students willing to learn and develop themselves
    • Experience of volunteering in sport and ability to play tennis to a good level

    Benefits

    • Payment towards PVG, first aid and safeguarding
    • Possibility to progress to Senior and Lead intern roles after being successful and competent within the current role
    • Gain experience relating to the practical skills and knowledge of providing tennis support to a range of abilities from pre-school to performance athletes
    • Entry into Wimbledon ballot

    To apply

    Please complete and return our application form to gm95@stir.ac.uk by Monday 1 October at 5pm. There will be an informal discussion/interview following the application. The Junior Intern role will then commence on Monday 15 October 2018. For all enquiries, please contact gm95@stir.ac.uk.

  • Get Active Ambassadors 2018/19

    Get Active is our student recreational sport and fitness programme which has the aim of engaging more students in physical activity.  It has been designed for students who want to exercise, learn new skills and play sport in a social environment away from competition.

    Role summary

    Get Active Ambassadors are students of the University who have a passion for sport and leading a healthy lifestyle.  They are the face of the Get Active programme, enthusiastic about promoting sport and the associated benefits of participating in physical activity.  Get Active Ambassadors can choose whether they want to deliver Just Play Sport sessions, mentor a student on the Get Active Mates programme and/or assist with promoting the programme, including the use of social media.

    Just Play Sport – Get Active Ambassadors can choose to coordinate a particular Just Play Sport session on a weekly basis throughout the semester.  This will involve keeping a register of participants, organising teams and coordinating games.  They will ensure all participants feel welcome by creating a friendly, fun and supportive atmosphere. 

    Get Active Mates MentorIn this role, Get Active Ambassadors will support students on the programme to get into exercise and accompany them on a weekly basis when using our facilities.  This may be a session in the gym, attending a fitness class or having a game of badminton.  Ambassadors will be paired with students with similar interests.  It will be the Ambassador’s responsibility to arrange a suitable time throughout the week to participate in sport or physical activity with their allocated student/s.  The Ambassador will be responsible for booking facilities through the Student Sport Experience Officer, ensuring the students register for the session, providing any advice/support that may be required and reporting regularly to the Student Sport Experience Officer. 

    PromotionIf interested, Get Active Ambassadors have the opportunity to assist with promoting the benefits of exercise and the Get Active programme to students.  This may be through stalls, lecture visits and assisting with University of Stirling Sport social media channels. 

    Requirements

    • Experience organising and delivering a sports session is desirable
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Organised
    • Enthusiastic and passionate about physical activity
    • Great team player
    • Experience working with the disabled is beneficial but not essential

    Benefits

    • Great way to gain valuable work experience and boost CV
    • Hours fully accredited through the My Stirling Awards on degree transcript
    • Induction training
    • Training and workshop opportunities
    • Discounted Sports Centre Membership
    • Kit
    • Shape the future direction of University of Stirling Sport

    To apply

    To apply for the Get Active Ambassador volunteer position, please email your completed application form to Amy Beattie (Student Sport Experience Officer) at student.sport@stir.ac.uk. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview. For any enquiries regarding the opportunity, please contact the above email address or phone 01786 466912.

Applying for an internship

Please complete and return an internships application form by the relevant deadline to contact named in description above.

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 chris.purdie@stir.ac.uk.

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

Contact the Sports Volunteer Coordinator

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