Courses: Level 1 Rounders (October) & Teaching Bocchia (November)

Two upcoming courses in Lincoln:


Lincolnshire Sport are running a UKCCL1 Rounders course in Lincoln in October.

Price: £195
Dates: 11th October 2014 & 18th October 2014
Time: 8:45am-5pm
Venue: Priory City of Lincoln Academy, Lincoln, LN6 0EP
Deadline for Entry: 27th Sept 2014

To apply for this course please visit the following link where you can book and pay for your place online:



The University Sports Centre are hosting a Teaching Bocchia Award that “aims to introduce current and aspiring teachers and coaches to the benefits of bocchia as an inclusive activity, with a view to equipping professionals with the skills to promote inclusive sport and recreational activities”.

Price: £75
Date: Sunday 16th November 2014
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: University of Lincoln Sports Centre

More details from the Sports Centre reception (Tel: 01522 886688).

Football, Squash and Swimming Support Opportunities in Lincoln

A number of local clubs and organisations have contacted IMPress with opportunities for students to provide support to their athletes, as described below. If you have any questions about these positions please email us. Students from all years and courses would be able to help.

The Lincolnshire FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence have openings for volunteer coaches, video analysts and strength and conditioning assistants. All positions will be mentored by qualified coaches. The Centre run teams at U11,U13, U15 and U17 levels and a number of our students have already had great experiences there. For more details see the ad on the Volunteering Office page.

Lincoln City FC Academy are offering an extended range of internships to work with all of their age group teams. These positions are voluntary, and the key areas they are seeking students to fulfil are: match filming & analysis (Saturday & Sunday fixtures); strength & conditioning; and sports therapy. If any of these positions are of interest to you and you believe that you can commit and are reliable enough to put your name down then please contact Alex Blackett to express your interest and confirm your attendance at an induction session on Thursday 2nd October at Sincil Bank between 6:00-6:30pm. Last year’s interns have had great success.

Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club are looking for students to help them with physiological and sports massage support. Sessions will be on Monday and/or Thursday evenings at RAF Cranwell or NK Sports Centre. For more details see the ad on the Volunteering Office page.

We are in the process of setting up support for Lincolnshire County Squash Academy during visits they will be making to the University’s sports centre. Educational sessions will provided in a wide range of areas, along with video analysis and other testing. The age groups involved are U11, U13, U15 and U17. The first sessions will be spread throughout the day on October 28th. If you might be interested in helping then or on other occasions, please email us.


Graduating to Performance Analyst Positions

Two students who worked as performance analyst interns with Lincoln City FC Academy last year have landed positions with other professional football clubs after graduation. Chris Bentley (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science) and Calum Johnson (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching) were two of a team who videoed matches and prepared reports for Academy coach Damian Froggatt. In order to be useful, the videos had to be analysed and reports completed within a couple of days and this gave Chris and Calum excellent experience of the demands of this type of work.

But their hard work and dedication has been rewarded. Calum is combining work at Brighton & Hove Albion with a Masters in Sports Performance Analysis, and Chris is working with both Arsenal and Cambridge City. (We guess that’s OK as long as they’re not likely to be playing each other!).

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Chris and Calum at their graduation ceremony

Congratulations to them both! They join previous graduates Nick Benett, Adam Housley and Chris Mugglestone who work for Brentford, Rotherham United and the FA, respectively.

We will be picking their brains with regard to advice on how to break into the competitive world of performance analysis. Watch this space!

Performance analyst positions are currently available through IMPress with Lincoln City Academy, Lincs FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence and the county’s junior squash academy. Contact us for more details of these positions, or if you would like to explore the possibilities of working with other teams (such as University sports societies).

Student Researchers RAISE IMPress’ Profile At National Conference

Three of the School’s students – Emma Lewis, Lucy Roy and Bethany Richardson – represented IMPress at the recent RAISE 2014 conference in Manchester. The conference theme was Student Engagement: Opportunities For All and the three certainly too full advantage of theirs. Bethany and Lucy presented a poster entitled IMPress: Reflections on a student-led employability network that was really positively received by an international audience of academics and students.

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Bethany and Lucy with their poster

Emma joined Bethany and Lucy, as well as academics Dan Bishop and Christian Swann, to give a presentation about the IMPress research project Producing employable graduates in sport: maximising the benefits from volunteering and its preliminary findings. The project, which also involves student Stephanie Osborn and academic Sandy Willmott, is described in more detail on the PEGS page. (Both presentations are also available on the same page.)

Congratulations to Lucy, Bethany and Emma! The final project results will be used to create a Volunteering Toolkit for students, as well as a research publication.

Getting Started With Volunteering & IMPress!

With the start of a new academic year, there are a host of new opportunities for volunteering and/or paid work inside the University and around the city. If you would like to learn about these as they become available, then here are a few sources of information to follow:

1. This blog, where announcements of vacancies, coaching courses and more are made regularly.

2. The IMPress Twitter account – @IMPressLincoln – which shares information from other sources, as well as providing alerts anytime a new post is made on this blog.

3. The Students’ Union’s Volunteering Office post openings for voluntary work. Sport-related ones can be found under their Community > Sport listing: . Also take a look at their main Get Involved hub under

4. The many websites and Twitter accounts for sport-related openings listed under our Links page. Scroll down to “Jobs in Sport”.

5. For School of Sport & Exercise Science students, check the boards in the Human Performance Centre and the screens in the Sport Centre lobby.

6. Attend IMPress events and chat to students who are already involved in extracurricular work or who might share interests with you. Ask if you’d like to know whether the School have links to local clubs and organisations that you could take advantage of. Keep an eye out for this logo:


IMPress is the School’s group supporting students in finding extracurricular opportunities and other aspects of improving their employability. If you are a student on any programme in the School  then you are automatically a member. Come along to a meeting or email us at if you’d like to know more.