Project Opportunities With The National Ice Skating Association

On Tuesday 13th January, staff from the National Ice Skating Association will be visiting the School to discuss some possible projects that students could become involved with. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain valuable experience in the world of sports development with a national governing body of sport, and would benefit you for your work in a range of modules.

If you would like to know more, there will be an information session  in the HPC’s Psychology Lab at 11am that day. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book a place in advance.

Volunteers Needed for the Lincoln 10K (March 22nd, 2015)

Volunteers are invited to help make the City of Lincoln 10K on 22nd March, 2015 a successful event. Run For All are working in partnership with the City of Lincoln Council and are currently seeking route marshals, baggage handlers, water operatives and start/finish marshals. Volunteers will work in a team and have direct supervision from a senior marshal on the day.

To find out more, or if you can spare 4 hours of your time on 22nd March and want to get involved register here:

All profits of the event go to children’s and adult cancer charities, in addition to the thousands of pounds being raised for charities close to each individual runner’s heart. Run For All aim to put on an enjoyable and safe event and would very much like you to be part of the day.

If you require any further information, please contact Holly Button (the Event Assistant) at (0113) 826 7763 or

Free Places on Level 1 Cricket Umpires Course (Jan/Feb 2015)

A fantastic opportunity: Lincolnshire Cricket are generously offering University of Lincoln sports students three free places for their forthcoming Level One Cricket Umpires Course. Please read the below course information for further details.

The Level 1 course is for those who wish to start their umpiring journey by officiating for their club and in local leagues. No previous knowledge is expected but most of those who register will have played the game or done some sort of umpiring in the past. The course will also be of interest to those who wish to know more about the game and its laws.

The ECB ACO course book will be used to supplement various slides showing situations in cricket matches and there will be practical demonstrations where possible.

The course will be run by fully-qualified instructors.

Venue: Human Performance Centre, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS

Dates: Four consecutive Saturdays from 17th January 2014 – 7th February 2014

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free for three successful UoL sports student applicants (Usual cost –  £80). Includes course materials, Laws of Cricket, the umpire’s ‘Bible’: Tom Smith’s Cricket Umpiring & Scoring, 12 months membership of ECB ACO (which includes insurance whilst umpiring) & 12 months membership of the Lincoln & District Umpires Association.

Before applying for one of the three available free places, you need to be able to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. Failure to do so will result in failing the course.

To apply for one of the three free places, please email Alex Blackett ( answering the following question before 5pm Friday 14th November, 2014:

How will you benefit from attending the course?

Please keep answers to a maximum of 350 words. A panel of three staff members will review applications and successful candidates will be notified the week commencing 17th November, 2014.


Help Develop Young Coaches in Lincoln (4 Sundays from Nov 23rd)

Volunteers are being sought to help run a four-week coaching skills workshop for young people (8-12yrs) in the Monks Road area of the city. Sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2-3.30pm in the Arboretum, starting 23rd November.

Alice Carter – an SDC graduate and current Masters student – will be leading the sessions and she has invited any current School of Sport & Exercise students to join her. The role will involve helping to devise sessions which allow young people to gain some basic coaching/leadership skills and then also helping to deliver them. The commitment is only for four afternoons and it would be an excellent opportunity to work alongside – and learn from – someone whose extensive volunteering experience has been recognised through a number of local and national awards.

For more details, or to register an interest in helping, please email Alice at

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.