Volunteering Officer at Table Tennis England (NGB)
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.