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:

β€˜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.’


IMPressing: Will Leadenham – Belvoir Cricket Trust

Will Leadenham (Sport Development & Coaching, Year 1) is volunteering in the Belvoir Bees programme at Harlaxton. He is working alongside three other coaches and Darren Bicknall (Ex-England Lions) to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of cricket to youngsters from the local area aged 6 onwards, with the goal of getting more youngsters involved and setting up youth teams.

“At the moment I assist with the delivery of the session plans and will take up to half the group, running through drills which are designed to introduce the basic techniques required to play the game. This process starts at junior level using Kwik Cricket equipment before after a couple of years progressing on to the hard ball format. I’m looking to get more involved with the set up at Grantham as well this year as it is run on a separate night.”