All University of Worcester students have the opportunity to ‘Earn as you Learn’ whilst developing skills in activities that range from sports disability to business conferences to supporting elite athletes.
The introduction of the University Arena enhances the ability to offer paid and voluntary employment and within module work experience opportunities offering a real, hands-on learning experience. Voluntary opportunities are also available for graduates of the University. Potential areas for engagement include event management, disability sport, coaching, sports therapy, journalism, facility management, performance analysis etc.
Michelle Morgan, Earn as You Learn Coordinator, said:
“The University Arena provides students with a host of unique paid or voluntary work opportunities, that can equip them with industry skills and experience they require upon graduation. Being involved in events such as the Netball Super League finals and Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments gives the student a first-hand insight into the world of professional support and the demands of working within it”
John Francis, MSc student, commented:
“As a current Master's student, the new University of Worcester Arena has provided me with fantastic opportunities to further develop the relevant skills required to pursue a career in performance analysis.
“The University's links with both amateur and elite sports teams has enabled me to gain hands on experience within a range of sports, from badminton through to Wheelchair Basketball.
“The facilities within the venue have been specifically designed to cater for live TV broadcasting and therefore provide first class amenities for filming. The venue has a large TV gantry looking over three basketball courts, along with other suitable view points, which has allowed me to capture footage from a variety of viewpoints dependent upon the coaches and players requirements.
“As a result of these paid opportunities, I have recently provided performance analysis support to the British Wheelchair Basketball team, throughout the build-up and during the European Wheelchair Basketball tournament. The tournament was extremely busy, working with both teams but was rewarding when the men beat Turkey in the final to collect a gold medal and the women beat France in the Bronze medal match.”