Siobhan Airey – Placement year teaching at Lancing College
The Coaching & Volunteering Academy at Loughborough provided me with the opportunity to continue developing my skills as a tennis coach by funding my level 2 coaching qualification, my emergency first aid course as well as a CPD course in safeguarding and protecting children. In return all I was asked to do was to commit to a couple of hours of voluntary coaching a week.
The schools programme has been a lot of fun this year. I have worked with some fantastic coaches and made some great friends, but most of all I have loved watching the kids improve their tennis week by week, learning about a sport that some new nothing about, and all enjoying themselves along the way
It also opened my eyes to the prospect of having a career working with children in sport, not to mention the additional qualifications and work experience gained playing a significant role in me attaining my years placement at Lancing College. As part of the interview for Lancing I was asked to lead a practical PE lesson in ultimate frisbee (a sport that I’d never played before). My experience of teaching large groups of children, planning lessons in advance, and managing time efficiently in schools this year provided me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver a successful and enjoyable session and subsequently helped me get the job. It just goes to show how transferable the skills we learn as tennis coaches can be to other sports and to other future careers.
Rob Godmon – Sports journalism trainee, postgraduate course
Loughborough tennis was brilliant. By helping out as (I like to think head of) match day media last year, writing the weekly match reports, covering tournaments, and even blogging about a team trip to Boston, it really showed me that I wanted to be a sports journalist, and provided an incredible opportunity to gain first-hand experience of regularly covering (fairly) elite sport. It also helped me in interviews with post-graduate journalism courses, as the interviewers could see and hear about how I’d not only participated in student journalism, but also been given a proper role with a specific function and responsibility, as media representative for Loughborough Tennis. In September I’ll be starting a sports-journalism trainee course, and I doubt I would be if I hadn’t volunteered for Loughborough tennis. It was a fantastic experience, it really was. Terrific stuff.
Hannah Levi – Sports Psychology PhD with the English Institute of Sport
Working as the Sport Psychologist for the Men’s Tennis First Team was an invaluable experience. From an academic standpoint, working with the team made my applied sport psychology modules far more relatable, interesting, and useful. It gave me the opportunity to apply what I was learning in class directly into practice allowing me to explore numerous strategies and witness their varying impact on different players. It gave me a glimpse into the realities of becoming an applied sport psychologist and a chance to test the waters before confirming my decision to embark on the next stage of my qualification.
There is no doubt in my mind that this experience was largely influential in my acceptance to do a PhD with the English Institute of Sport. Working with the tennis team provided me with practical knowledge that shone through in my interview and unquestionably set me apart from my peers. With this unique experience behind me, I feel both excited and confident to embark on my journey to becoming a qualified sport psychologist and doing a PhD with Great Britain Olympic athletes.