Volunteering in Sports Contexts: Preparing for Employment

Department of Sport Pedagogy, School of Sport & Exercise Sciences

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 23866

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

The aim of this module is to enable students (in pairs) to work alongside (assist) established professionals in real-life professional environments in order to: a) develop an in-depth understanding of relevant career pathways and the requirements/expectations of the selected fields; b) enhance their communication, interpersonal and other work-related and personal skills; c) apply existing knowledge in practice; d) learn how to become `reflective practitioners¿ by bridging theory and practice in meaningful ways; and e) gain an invaluable experience of the recruitment process. This experience is expected to improve students¿ employability prospects. This module requires developing partnerships with local schools and other sport-related organisations in order to be able to monitor students¿ activities and to ensure quality professional experiences in context. Existing partnerships with local schools (throuhg PGCE) and sport organisations (e.g., PGA, Birmingham Sport) might be explored and further expanded to incorporate this module.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and/or seminars, supported by guided reading, will be used to introduce key concepts and to inform students about the different possibilities in professional contexts.