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Lucy Budworth

Volunteering Officer at Table Tennis England (NGB)


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What did you like about the course?

I have always enjoyed spectating and participating in sport, and this degree allowed me to explore many different aspects. This course was perfect for me as I was unsure what I wanted to do after university. The course taught me to think critically and I particularly enjoyed the debates and discussions. I remember us having a discussion on masculinity and what we perceived it was, and what society told us it was. With the class not being too big we were able to learn from each other as well as the lecturers. This had a positive impact on my time at Sheffield Hallam.

In year two, one of the modules we completed was Professional and Work-Based Learning. I sourced my own placement and was fortunate to be accepted at Kick It Out (Diversity & Inclusion Charity). Completing this placement allowed me to use the knowledge that I had learnt from my first year, and recognise that inclusion and diversity was a passion of mine. The ability to network allowed me to volunteer at various events and workshops after the placement.

How did the course help you in your chosen profession?

After finishing my degree, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work for Table Tennis England (National Governing Body) as their Volunteering Officer. My role started as a 6-month position which progressed into a permanent role. The role consists of many projects and programmes such as managing and working with Table Tennis England’s Young Ambassador, planning and delivering the National Pride of Table Tennis Awards (Volunteer Awards), creating volunteer resources for club, promoting the volunteer journey and much more.
This course has helped me within my role, as it has given me an analytical capabilities and insight into society and sport. By completing this course, it has also allowed me to recognise that my passion is inclusion and equality, which I was then able to apply in my role as a Volunteering Officer. I became part of the Table Tennis England inclusivity working group in the development department, looking at disability, mental health, BAME communities, gender, sexuality and age.
After being at Table Tennis England for almost a year and a half, and working in their inclusivity group I have realised that I want to expand my knowledge and study a research masters in Social Science or Sociology. Therefore, I am hoping to complete a masters in the near future.

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Lissa Woodhouse

Sport Engagement, Sheffield Hallam University


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What did you like about the course?

I have always been passionate about sport in all capacities, playing sport, watching sport, and learning about sport. I knew I wanted to study sport at University, and when reading about all the courses that Sheffield Hallam offered, Sports Studies jumped out at me immediately. To find a course that focused on sport in a cultural capacity, rather than a scientific capacity appealed to me. The course offered everything I hoped it would; an opportunity for me to explore my beliefs and have them challenged by others who thought differently. I particularly enjoyed the Sport and the Media module and the Sport and Deviance module.

How did the course help you in your chosen profession?

After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to gain employment at Sheffield Hallam. I worked within the Sports Department as the Sports Engagement Co-Ordinator Graduate Intern. This role involved offering sporting opportunities to those who showed a lack of participation in sport at University. I was able to apply what I had learned on my course to this role in many ways, as the primary task was to engage students of all genders, ethnicities, sexualities and abilities. All of the modules on the Sports Studies course gave me insight into understanding individual needs and differences and therefore, provided me with the knowledge and skills required for my job. I currently still work in the Sports Department at Sheffield Hallam as a Football Development Co-Ordinator.


 

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Kirti Swift

Project Manager, King’s College London


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What did you like about the course?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sheffield Hallam and I feel a great sense of pride to be an alumni of the BA (Hons) Sport Studies course. During my 3 years on the course, I was able to engage with a wide variety of content, designed to focus on a range of issues, contexts and approaches in sport and physical culture.

Through discussion, applying sociological theory, and a flexibility to assessment, the course allowed me to pursue my own socio-cultural gaze and develop my own individual interests alongside the course objectives.

How did the course help you in your chosen profession?

The course provided me with a fantastic grounding and helped identify key academic and professional strengths. This allowed me to go on to complete my MA in Sociology of Sport, which has since shaped my career.

I initially went to work on a number of major sporting events including the London Marathon and football workshops organised by Nike and Adidas. Since then, I have been working as an Assistant Dean and academic performance coach for underperforming students at Hult Business School, before moving to King’s College London to project manage a suite of staff engagement initiatives. Additionally, I continue to lecture in Sociology of Sport as part of Hult’s liberal arts program.

Through both my further academic study and my continued professional development, I have had to objectively analyse and deliver complex information, or support those who need to develop their own space and strengths within academia. The skill sets to do this were fostered and nurtured during my time on the Sports Studies course at Sheffield Hallam.


 

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Eva Wolzok

Visiting Researcher at the Chung-Hua Institute of Economic Research


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What did you like about the course?

The intersectionality and interconnectivity of the subjects we studied. It was a well-rounded course, that not only gave me a taster of everything going on within sport – drugs, corruption, community development, politics, sociology – it allowed me to go deeper in the fields that interested in me. Additionally, the teaching staff were incredibly open. I was always welcome to discuss essays, ideas and subjects of interest. I felt that they genuinely cared of my development as a young professional.

How did the course help you in your chosen profession?

I am now a policy assistant fellow researcher at one of Taiwan’s top economic think tanks. After SHU, I went on to work for a wide range of organizations working in different fields but always centered around social and community development. I was able to leverage my bachelor degree as evidence of me being a unique professional, as I had ample background in the understanding of how to create positive development in communities utilizing key tools learnt during my time at SHU. The course was wide-ranging enough that it opened the doors when applying to different masters. Thanks to this, I got accepted at a competitive university which would not have been possible if I had undertaken a more restrictive course.


 

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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.