EDGE Testimonials

The EDGE Sports Volunteering Programme enables students and staff to receive funding for a range of coaching and officiating courses. Taking part in the EDGE Programme enhances your CV, making you more employable.

University Netball Officer

The UWE Bristol, Centre for Sport's University Netball Officer (UNO) is a voluntary role run in partnership with England Netball. The role of our UNO is to increase participation in netball, by increasing the amount of opportunities to play.

For more roles like this please visit our 'Jobs with UWE Sport' section on the volunteer opportunities page.

Eric Lam - Biomedical Science student, completed UKCC Level 1 course in Badminton

What impact did being part of the EDGE volunteering programme have on your life?

"Exams are not my strongest suit so I knew I had to impress employers in other ways when it came to job interviews."

"Volunteering gave me the opportunity to learn new skills which I would use in the outside world, and give something back to the UWE Bristol community. In return for this I was able to gain funding through the EDGE Programme to complete my Level 1 badminton coaching course."

What was the best thing about being part of the EDGE volunteering programme?

"Gaining transferable skills, which are what employers look for when selecting a candidate. Also having experience so I am able to give examples for competency-based questions in interviews."

What are you up to now and do you have any plans for the future?

"I am employed by Ashfield – An international healthcare services company, as a training and implementation specialist. I wish to eventually relocate to a different country to work for the company."

"I believe volunteering has greatly helped me achieve my job and where I am right now. It puts you ahead of the competition as it shows that you have achieved more than your degree."

Fiona - PGCE student, completed teacher specific courses

"I'm feeling so happy about the football coaching, I'm going to be running an after school club next term. I'd never would have done that if it wasn't for the EDGE Programme, which developed my skills and confidence."

"I'm not very sporty so this has been a really big shift for me - thanks so much for giving me the chance to find this out!"

Charlotte - Biomedical Science student, completed UKCC Level 1 and 2 courses in Tennis

"Thank you so much for all your help. I have really enjoyed learning how to be a coach and volunteering in the community."

"I would never have done my coaching qualifications otherwise and now have a desire to get further coaching qualifications."

Michaela - ITE student, completed teacher specific courses

"The courses I attended were very useful for my CPD and the people running them were fantastic and gave great ideas and resources."

"The volunteering at the SEN DICE Sports Disability day was definitely a challenge but very rewarding, it was great to be a part of something so beneficial and the children loved it!"

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