Levi Ashton

National Citizen Service (NCS) Recruitment Officer

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What did you like about the course?

My time on the course was thoroughly enjoyable. At first thought, the idea of a sports degree without practical sports coaching sessions made me feel slightly uncomfortable. However, after a few months I saw the true value of the course and its learning programme which made me much more prepared for my work with sport in the community. The theories that I learnt have helped me on a daily basis. The lecturers were extremely supportive and inspiring. To have expert advice from academics who publish widely in their fields while also having industry experience, was nothing short of exceptional for my personal development.

How did the course help you in your chosen profession?

Since completing the course, I obtained a PGCE and I have worked in various roles in the sport and community setting. I have worked for Activity Sheffield (Sheffield City Councils department for community leisure and Sport), Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme (charitable arm of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club) and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (the number one football in the community programme in Yorkshire and the North East). This included roles as a Community Activity Delivery Officer and, currently, as an NCS Recruitment Officer.

I now co-manage a team of professionals to deliver a multi-million pound government youth development contract known as the National Citizen Service (NCS). The challenges I face every day and the communities that I work with, including: deprived communities in Rotherham, executive trustees and local schools, have been helped by my studies and the knowledge that I gained on the course. I would strongly recommend the course, as it prepares you for working in the community sport industry.