Sport Volunteering Programme

About Sport Volunteering

There’s a host of sports-related volunteering opportunities to get involved in. You can volunteer at local schools, sports clubs, colleges, The Students' Union at UWE sports clubs and UWE Bristol Sport.

Our volunteering opportunities are flexible, so we can find something that fits in with your busy lifestyle. They are open to students and staff.

Placements are available in a range of sports within the local area. You can commit to as many or as few sessions as you want to, timings are flexible and will fit around your existing commitments.

Benefits

You will gain skills and real-life experience that will enhance your CV and help distinguish you in the job market, including:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem solving
  • initiative
  • planning and organising
  • self-management
  • learning skills
  • information technology.

As a volunteer, you will also get:

  • funding towards coaching education courses
  • sports kit
  • mentoring and support throughout your placement
  • references for your CV.

It is a great way to meet people, have fun and help others, whilst gaining a memorable life experience.

"Volunteering gives me a real sense of fulfilment when I see the development and newfound enthusiasm of participants. This program has provided me with the opportunity to bridge the gap between learning and teaching."

Student, BEng (hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering, Volunteer Coach at Bowmoor Sailing Club

Student BEng (hons) Electronic and Computer Engineering, Volunteer Coach at Bowmoor Sailing Club

Take part

Register your interest in the Sport Volunteering Programme

For further information, email sportvolunteering@uwe.ac.uk.

  • Already involved? Log your hours online.

By signing up to the programme, you agree to the terms and conditions.

Volunteering opportunities

MOVE Activator positions

We’re working in partnership with a number of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) in order to offer students an eight-month voluntary position at the University.

This positions involve organising and delivering MOVE sessions. For league format sports you will organise and run the league, planning fixtures, organising teams and referees. For sports that are a drop in format you will organise the players that turn up into games. The current sports included are netball, football, volleyball, flag football and hockey.The positions provide the right candidate with essential skills, knowledge and experience to increase chances of employment upon graduation.

To apply, please email sportvolunteering@uwe.ac.uk.

Swimming

Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club (BPOSC) is a community-based swimming club. There are 90 children in swimming lessons and 300 swimmers in the competitive and club squads.

There are swimmers of all ages and abilities, ranging from stage 7 swimmers right through to regional-level and masters swimmers. BPOSC compete in local leagues as well as county, district and open competitions.

You would help out with the teaching or coaching. No experience is needed, as there are fully qualified volunteers to provide support and guidance.

If you volunteer for six months you would be able to gain 50% funding from BPOSC to attend an ASA level 1 swimming teaching/coaching course (with the other 50% funded through the Sport Volunteering Programme). If you volunteer on a weekly basis you would be able to swim with BPOSC for a reduced fee.

BPOSC train at a variety of sites across the city and volunteers can choose a suitable session to volunteer at. Please see the Penguins website for full details of training locations and times.

Contact Polly Mullen at polly.mullen@bristolpenguins.com for more information.

Rugby Student Referee Programme

The Student Referee Programme is a student development pathway created to give UWE Bristol students the opportunity to advance your skills through the England Rugby Referee Award. Whether you’re a player looking to enhance your game knowledge or simply interested in becoming a qualified rugby referee, get involved.

Reasons to join

  • The UWE Bristol Sport Volunteering Programme will pay for you to complete the England Rugby Referee Award (£85).
  • Bristol Referee Society will mentor your development after your completion of the course.
  • You will have access to paid refereeing opportunities through the local TriCSS league (North Bristol RFC).
  • You will develop key life skills both on and off the pitch.
  • The RFU will provide you with a complementary referee jersey.
  • You will become a member of the England Rugby Referee Association and Bristol Referee Society

Register your interest in rugby refereeing.

Coaching and officiating courses

You can also access funding to complete coaching and officiating through the Sport Volunteering Programme. In return, a pre-agreed number of voluntary hours must be completed.

Perfect for aspiring coaches and officials, these courses are ideal if you wish to develop your coaching/delivery skills and gain further experience within sports coaching and physical education.

If you have any questions about our coaching courses, please email sport.courses@uwe.ac.uk. Please note that courses and qualifications are returning as per Government and National Governing Body guidance at this time. 

External courses

National Governing Bodies (NGB) also provide sports coaching and officiating courses which can be funded through the Sport Volunteering Programme.

Officiating courses

Paid coaching opportunities

We have a range of paid opportunities available. Please email sportvolunteering@uwe.ac.uk.

Funding

If you take part in our Sport Volunteering Programme and complete a specified number of voluntary hours, you are eligible to receive funding for your chosen coaching course (UWE Bristol or externally run).

Please email sport.courses@uwe.ac.uk for more information.

Leadership

Ready to take on your future? The sport leadership programme supports you through leadership training to enhance your university journey using the catalyst of sport as a learning and practical platform to develop core skills and competencies.

“The course has given me life skills that apply to many aspects of life and I am finding I am already putting them into practice!” - Marcus Van Rest, Filmmaking student.

Accredited qualification

The Active Leaders programme develops leadership and life skills through activity. This will lead to improved employability, enhancing personal statements, capacity to discover new abilities, finding self-confidence and act as a gateway to your next steps. The programme is endorsed by UWE Bristol Sport and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Designed to be fun, interactive, social, practical, you’ll learn via guided discovery. You’ll be encouraged to explore your own approaches and style/s of leadership, sharing best practice ideas and opinions throughout.

Topics covered include Leadership and Employability, Confidence to Lead, Practical and Creativity within Leadership and Collaboration and Career Development.

Cost and course dates

UWE Bristol student: Subsidised fee £35pp

Non-UWE Bristol Student: £131pp

  • September 2022 Course:
    Tuesday 13 September 14:00-17:00
    Wednesday 14 September 09:00-17:00
    Thursday 15 September 09:00-17:00
    Friday 16 September 09:00-15:00

Book and pay online

January 2023 Course (times tbc):
Tuesday 10 January
Wednesday 11 January
Thursday 12 January
Friday 13 January

Networking and employment

  • Watch Party – After the course join in discussions on Leadership topics, these themes will explore techniques and underlying principles of leadership relative to sports clubs, committees with like-minded students.
  • Awareness Training: Disability Inclusion (Access Sport) | Speak Up (UWE Bristol) | Mental Health (Student Minds) | First Aid
  • Onward opportunities include: Camp America | Challenger Sport | Bristol Sport Foundation | Future Quest | UWE Bristol Sport Hotshots | Sport in Mind | The Sports Project