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What are you waiting for? It's time to get in the game!

Volunteering with the Staffordshire University Sports Coach and Volunteer Academy

Want to gain that valuable experience employers are looking for, then look no further. Our sports coach and volunteer workforce offers students studding a range of degrees, the opportunity to get involved in a variety of areas to help harness and develop the skills they attain such as; coaching, officiating & umpiring, , organising & planning events, marketing & promotion, journalism & filming (of sporting events) and photography.

We work closely with our partners to offer opportunities internally and externally and if we don’t have an opportunity you are looking for, we will certainly help you find it.  


Coach Internship Programme

To stand out a make an impact in sports coaching you need training and experience. Here is your opportunity to gain both! Our Sports Internships offer students the opportunity to shadow experienced coaches and deliver sessions in schools and clubs within the local community. All our programmes are designed around students gaining sufficient knowledge and experience to become better coaches.


Current Coaching Partners include:


Stoke City FC

Kicks Project


Multi-Sports Programme


Florence Tennis Club

Schools Project

Staffs FA

Schools Football


Schools Rugby



Coach Education Opportunities

"Be one step ahead of the game" and train up to be an amazing coach. The Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre offers a wide range of Courses to support your development as a coach. Below are some of the upcoming opportunities:

Committee Conference 2018
14th September 9:30am - 4:30pm
Science Centre (TBC)
It's time for this years committees to put their thinking caps on and prepare or the year ahead!



Does this sound good to you? Let's get started then!


Step 1

Register on the Volunteering Toolkit

Registering as a volunteer with your Students' Union allows you to keep a record of your hours, skill and achievements, updates your Higher Education Achievement Record, opens up a whole host of Training and Development Opportunities and gives you access to our online database of opportunities.

Click here to register on the Toolkit or to view your existing Toolkit Profile


Step 2

You Express Interest

Apply quickly and easily using our online expression of interest system with just a few clicks of your mouse.

Simply find the role that suits you and click 'Express Interest!'

Note that expressing your interest is very different to completing your application for a role. Some organisations are happy to have a casual conversation with you over coffee, where some require you to complete a full application form. Our system will let you know what you need to do to apply fully when you express interest.

Click here to view and apply for this opportunity.


Step 3

You Train Up and Join In! 

If you are sucessful, a volunteer coordinator from your chosen organisation will be in touch with you directly to make the arrangements for any training you might need and when your first day will be.



Where is the Sports Volunteer Academy based?

The Sports Volunteer Academy is managed by the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre team. The Sports Centre can be found next to the LRV, opposite the astro-turf Pitch.


What's in this for me?

We know that this is the important bit, why should you volunteer with the Sports Volunteer Academy? Well, a sucessful volunteer will:


  1. Build a unique set of stories and experiences to make you stand out as a Staffordshire Graduate

  2. Develop your skills in Time Management, Project Management, Communication and Teamwork

  3. Earn rewards and recognition from the Students' Union and Staffordshire University

  4. Enjoy the benefits of volunteering in the nearby community, learning more about Staffordshire and our local community

  5. Thrive in a supportive and friendly environment, led by staff who understand your need for flexibility

  6. Meet new people, make new connections and gain a foothold in the sports coaching industry

Sounds good right? Well, to make this even better, we'll cover your Travel Expenses and even provide you with a DBS Check* Sorted!

Learn more about the support we can offer you as a Volunteer by clicking here.

*DBS are available to volunteers meeting the appropriate criteria. Placement Students are not permitted to claim DBS checks via the Students' Union. Subject to your volunteering being confirmed with a Volunteering Coordinator. DBS Checks are a function of the Home Office and Students' Union DBS Checks are facilitated by an intermediary organisation.