The expansion of the University of Worcester’s sports facilities over recent years has led to a multitude of new opportunities for students.
Alice Vickers – who achieved a First Class Honours degree in Sports Coaching and Sports Development – says it is these opportunities, and the support given by sports lecturers, which have helped set her on the way towards working in the industry.
“I have absolutely loved my time at university,” says Alice. “I have enjoyed the independence of university life, playing in the University of Worcester Ladies Football team and have enjoyed my studies as the course was a good balance of practical and theoretical elements.
“The University was so supportive of all students and offered many and varied opportunities for us in the Sports Institute which allowed us to gain wider knowledge and practical experience in the sports coaching and development industry.”
Since completing her studies, Alice has been putting this knowledge to good use, returning home to Hertfordshire to work alongside both the Saracens Rugby Club Sports Foundation and the Hertfordshire Sports Partnership.
The 21 year-old is hoping to pick up more experience with these organisations, as well as travelling abroad to continue her coaching development in the next few years, and says her ultimate aim is to encourage more women to take part in sport.
“I just love sport and being active,” Alice says. “I have been lucky enough to have some really inspirational coaches and PE teachers; I was blessed to have such a wonderful sporting experience when I was younger that I want to give back to others, especially young females, and offer the support and enthusiasm that my coaches gave me.”