I’ve been working as a Campus Sport Activator since September and it’s definitely one of my favourite parts of being at Hull.
I help to deliver Fabulass sessions (our female only sport and fitness programme) at The Lawns and encourage people to take part. I love seeing the positive effect it has on participants. At our ‘Girls Night In’ (an end of programme celebration where the girls are rewarded for their hard work), everyone gave such positive feedback. They had made new friends, grown in confidence, tried new sports, and for some, Fabulass was their favourite part of living at the Lawns. It felt really rewarding to know that they loved the programme as much as I do!
I never played much sport before coming to uni but working with Campus Sport has definitely opened my eyes to how sport can enhance a person’s university experience. I can’t speak for others, but what held me back from getting involved was a lack of confidence and assuming you had to be super-sporty. Of course this isn’t the case, but it understandably stops people from taking the risk. I wanted to become an activator to be one of the friendly faces who first encouraged me to give it a go; to show people that it’s not just sporty people who can benefit from joining in.
Everyone knows that exercise is great for your physical and mental health, and that’s definitely a real plus of being an activator. However, there are loads of other benefit too – having such a supportive team around me and being given the opportunity to do things outside of my comfort zone have been great for my development. I’ve built up my confidence and people skills, and done accredited courses making me more employable and giving me something to brag about on my CV. As an English Literature student, when employers see Level 1 Dodgeball Coach my list of achievements, I think it will definitely make me stand out from the crowd!
If you’ve been inspired by Sophie’s story and would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about our voluntary and paid positions. You can keep up to date with Campus Sport on Facebook, Twitter and through our website.