Sports Volunteer

Jessica Brannigan

Jessica Brannigan, 2nd year Accounting and Finance

Why I got involved

I got involved due to my housemate Samantha (who is a volunteer as well) encouraging me to get involved. I wanted to expand my CV and get involved with some extra-curricular activities within the University in order to increase my employability after graduation, so the Sports Volunteer Programme seemed like the perfect opportunity to do all these things and make new friends.

Main roles and activities

As a volunteer I am mainly involved with the Princes Trust sessions on Friday mornings. During the sessions my main responsibilities are supervising the young people, helping organise the activities and even taking part in the activities alongside the students. I have also been involved in a variety of other activities organised by the Sports Centre including helping out at the looked-after children days, umpiring at a local schools volleyball competition and marshalling at the annual Sports Relief Mile at Exhibition Park.

Most enjoyable aspect

I have really enjoyed every activity which I have had the opportunity to take part in. To me, the most valuable part of being a sports volunteer has been being part of such a brilliant team. I have made some amazing friends through the programme who I probably wouldn’t have met through my degree. We all get on really well and have great fun working together. I really have made some friends for life.

Most rewarding aspect

For me the most rewarding part of being a volunteer is seeing people achieve things they never thought they had the ability to attempt. I love encouraging and inspiring young people to reach for the stars and push themselves to the limit. I find it really rewarding when they try something new, something they would never have experienced otherwise, and watch them realise that they actually really enjoy doing it. Seeing them having a good time doing something you have organised just makes it all seem so worthwhile.

Fitting it around my degree

Volunteering is surprisingly flexible. You can do as little or as much as you want. Sarah and Marc are really understanding and help you to organise your time. They understand that your degree has to be the priority and are really grateful of any time you can commit to the scheme.

How I've benefited

All the skills I have developed during the activities I have been involved in will be contributing factors to gaining a superb job in the future. The skills I have gained will hopefully help me to stand out from the other graduates entering the job market for the first time in the coming years. I have increased many of my skills; team work, communication, leadership skills, all of which have increased my confidence and helped me with tasks related to my degree. Through the Sports Volunteer Programme I have been able to take a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course which should help me to secure a future career working with children.

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