St Mary’s University deliver an award-winning development programme for students. In July 2018 we were named as the winner of the Workforce Programme of the Year at the BUCS awards for our extensive work in supporting students to develop their skills and experience through sport.
SIMMSport is our flagship children's sports programme, delivering over 25 coaching sessions per week on campus to 1,000 children aged 4-15. In 2017/18, over 50 students were involved in the delivery of these sessions, coming from a wide range of sporting backgrounds.
Roles are available to students irrespective of their previous experience, with a number of paid coaching roles available for those students with the relevant qualifications and experience.
Development opportunities for individuals are central to the sporting offer at St Mary's and we have a vast array of opportunities for students to gain qualifications and experience whilst enhancing their employability.
Throughout the year, bursaries of up to £300 are available to students for coaching, refereeing and other sporting qualifications. The scheme provides funding to students in return for deployment within the St Mary's programmes or in the community.
More information about the Coaching Bursary - and our other sport scholarships - can be found in the Scholarships and Bursaries section.
We are launching a brand-new programme for 2018/19 to help develop those students of higher coaching ability that are looking to develop and enhance their skills.
This programme will provide individual support, including funding towards further development, regular meetings with the Sports Development Team and mentoring to a select group of individuals.
Applications will be open from 10th September 2018 to 1st February 2019. More information can be found here.
Did you know?
Research has shown that graduate employers identify a clear link between participation in university sport and the skills that are of the highest value to their company. The research also evidenced that on average those who engaged with sport at university earn an average of £5,824 per annum more than those who did not. The Impact of Engagement in Sport on Graduate Employability