IMPressing: Melissa Poole – Trampoline Coach

Melissa Poole (Sport Development & Coaching, Year 1) is busy with coaching and volunteering outside of her course activities:

“I coach trampolining as a paid job every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On the Mondays I coach three special needs groups of various disabilities and ages. On the other two days I coach various ages from 5-50 who vary in ability from just recreational to regional! I also spend Wednesdays teaching at my secondary school 9-3:15. I teach loads of different sports and teach some lessons on my own, and the teachers watch and give me feedback after the lesson.

I’ve done coaching courses too and I volunteer at different events across the country! I’m being a Team manager at the Anglian cross country in Northampton next weekend and have volunteered at the Lincolnshire School Games for three years and the UK School Games for two years as well. I’ve also been a Young Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust!”

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Melissa receiving a Self Belief award from Baroness Sue Campbell (Chair of UK Sport) and Jason Gardner

IMPressing: Emma Lewis – Strength & Conditioning Shadowing

Emma Lewis (Sport & Exercise Science, Year 2) tailored her volunteering towards her interest in becoming a personal trainer and shadowed Tom Gee, an Olympic Powerlifting Coach, in the area of strength and conditioning to complement her Level 2 Gym Instructor course. Emma simply sent Tom an email to ask about shadowing his sessions:

‘At first, I was anxious in taking part in something that I had no understanding or awareness of. But as time went by, I grew in confidence and began to ask questions and make notes. I even started trying weight training myself to apply what I had learned into my own sport of volleyball. Tom has helped me to understand the basics of strength and conditioning; shadowing has certainly been worthwhile for my Level 2 Gym instructor course, but also for my third year of my degree.

I would certainly recommend for anyone that is particularly interested in developing further in any area of Sport and Exercise or Development to really just go for it – put yourself out there to volunteer or shadow as there will always be someone who is willing to help.’


Careers in Sport Development talk (Monday 3rd March)

We are very pleased to welcome two of the School’s graduates back to talk about their work in sports development:

Fiona Houghton: an SDC graduate and Sports Development Officer at Newark & Sherwood District Council

Leanne Woodhead: an SES graduate and Football Development Officer at Lincolnshire FA.

Both speakers will share their experiences of working in sports development, talk about their current initiatives and offer advice about careers in sports development and how you can improve your employment prospects. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event will be on Monday 3rd March and will start at 5.30pm in the Coach Education Suite. All are welcome and there is no need to book in advance.

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Volunteers needed for Tri-Golf Sessions in Canwick (April/May)

Volunteers are needed to help run Tri-Golf taster sessions that Canwick Park Golf Club are offering to children aged 7-11 years during the upcoming school half-term holidays. The sessions will encourage children to participate in physical activity through golf, being offered an opportunity to try golf in a safe and secure environment, introducing children to the golf club environment, in addition to being provided introductory coaching with Canwick Park’s Junior Coach, George Wilkinson.

The club have asked whether anybody is able and willing to come and help at any of the days. Whether that be part of one of the days, the whole of the session or all of the dates listed, your help would be greatly appreciated! You don’t need to have any experience of coaching or participating in golf, but if you have some experience of working with children, coaching or leadership or if you have helped run events before, it would be advantageous.

The dates of the sessions are as follows: 9th April,  10th April, 16th April,  17th April, 28th May, 29th May.

If you are interested in helping with the programme or would like any further information, please contact Kevin Leigh, Club Manager by telephone on 01522 542912 or via e-mail at