Did you know that getting involved with sport and physical activity at university will give you valuable work place skills?
It may sound far-fetched but extra-curricular activities will show employers that you have more strings to your bow and will give you plenty to talk about in those all-important interviews.
You can demonstrate your skill set
Being part of a team will show commitment and motivation but if you want to expand and demonstrate your skillset even more, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for committee roles. Sports clubs rely on a dedicated student committee that changes each year and is made up of many different roles. Here are some examples of some committee roles and how employers will see them!
President/Vice President/Captain: Team management, time management, organisation
Treasurer: Money management, administration skills, communication
Social sec: Organisation, marketing, negotiation
Kit officer: External communication, organisation
Welfare and Inclusion officer: Communication, ability to be tactile and supportive, professionalism
You don’t need to join one of the #WeAreBristol clubs to get involved with team sports, playing sport for fun is just as valuable! You can still sign up for Bristol SU Intramural, an opportunity for casual teams from a range of sports to just turn up and play. You can find out more on the Intramural website
There’s opportunities to make a difference
Volunteering during your time at university demonstrates intuition, compassion and can tell your employer a lot about your character. Why not combine an interest in sport and physical activity with making a difference to the community and boosting your CV!
Game Changers is our sports leadership and volunteering programme that provides students with the training and formal qualifications to volunteer in the sports and physical activity field, whether that be coaching, officiating or community outreach. Your 10 hours of Game Changers volunteering can also contribute to the Bristol Plus Award, the university’s employability award which is highly commended by employers.
You’ll make connections
Taking part in group activities can open a wider circle of students to learn from and connect with. Working as part of a team of people will help show that you relate to people and have strong communication skills, key for client-facing roles.
You can get PAID work experience
One of the ways you can work with us is by becoming a Student Activator. Every year we have opportunities for students to work part-time, supporting our B:Active programme; helping rollout fitness classes and activities, assisting with social media marketing and generally being a point of peer support for our community!
Want to work with us? Keep an eye out on our social media pages for current vacancies and opportunities!
It’s a great stress reliever!
Employers want to know that you can manage your time, look after your mental and physical well-being and have hobbies! Taking part in our fitness classes, taking time out to go to the gym or popping in for a swim can be extremely beneficial for maintaining a healthy work-life balance and making sure you get the most out of your academic and life experience at university.
Classes can be a great way to ensure you plan active time into your week, check out the timetable online!
You can learn from the best
Considering a career in Sport? We have an incredible team of coaches and performance staff that are there to support you in both your sports career at university and beyond. We also boast a very impressive Alumni of sports people including Jasmine Sawyers, Tom Mitchell and Andrew Pozzi, with many returning to attend events and host talks to give you an insight into sporting careers post-university.
A chance to network with students from other Universities
Competing in BUCS will give you the opportunity to play both home and away games with universities across the country. Meeting new people and new places will expand your horizons and develop your interpersonal skills.