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EDGE sports volunteering opportunities

We offer a range of sport related volunteering opportunities for UWE Bristol staff and students through the EDGE Sports Volunteering Programme.

Volunteering opportunities

EDGE social sport coordinator positions

UWE Sport are working in partnership with a number of National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) in order to offer students an eight month voluntary position at the University.

The positions provide the right candidate with essential skills, knowledge and experience to increase chances of employment upon graduation.

Sport Job Description
Hockey  Hockey

Application Form

To apply, complete the application form 

Sports volunteer placements

Sports volunteer placements provide an excellent opportunity to develop your skills. Placements are available in a range of sports within the local area. You can commit to as many or as few sessions as you would like to, timings are flexible and will fit around your existing commitments.

Volunteer placements enables students who have received funding from the EDGE programme to 'pay back' their volunteer hours.

Star Jumpers Gymnastics Club

Star Jumpers Gymnastics Club who are a British Gymnastics Affiliated club celebrating 13 years of running classes this year have two volunteering opportunities:

  • Individuals interested in coaching the after-school gymnasts, aged 4 - 10 years, whilst working towards their British Gymnastics proficiency awards. The majority of the gymnasts in these classes are 5, 6 and 7 years old, and it is recreational gym, not elite/competition standard.
  • Individuals interested in volunteering with the pre-school gymnasts, ranging from five months to four years.


After School

(4-10 years)


Pre School

(5 months-4 years)


Monday      09:30 - 15:30 Emersons Green village hall
Tuesday 15:45 - 17:45 Emersons Green village hall 09:30 - 15:45 Emersons Green village hall
Wednesday     09:30 - 12:30 Page Community Centre,
Page Road
, Staple Hill
Thursday 15:45 - 17:45 Quakers Rd church hall, Bromley Heath 13:00 - 15:45 Quakers Rd church hall, Bromley Heath

Volunteers are not required to stay for the whole time, the sessions will give individuals a breadth of experience – ideal if you are looking to work in Early Years or Child Development. Star Jumpers timetable can be viewed online.

Clifton United FC

Volunteers are required to help at the below sessions.

Saturdays 10:45 - 12:15  for Under 7 to Under 11. These sessions are a combination of training sessions, friendly matches and for Under 9 upwards competitive games.

Saturdays Under 12 and Under 14 play league matches

Sundays Under 14 to Under 16 play league matches

Wednesdays Under 11 to Under 16 train 18:00 - 20:00

All of the above sessions are held at

Clifton College Sports Ground
Abbots Leigh Road 
Abbots Leigh 

From January the club are moving Under 11's indoors for Futsal sessions on a Tuesday at Redland Green School.

There are also regular sessions for Reception and year 1 children, called Soccer Shooters.

There are opportunities for paid casual work for qualified football coaches.

Elmlea Junior School Hockey

Elmlea Junior School run a hockey club for 7 - 11 year olds. The club is hugely popular and they are looking for volunteers to support the session. There may also be opportunities for paid work for Level 2 Hockey coaches.

The club takes place on Thursdays from 15:15 - 16:15 at Elmlea Junior School, The Dell, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3UF.

'Off the Wall' Ambassadors

In 2014, the Students' Union and the Centre for Sport secured funding from Sport England’s £15 million Activation Fund, aimed at getting more university students active by undertaking at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

The UWE Active Community Project ‘Off The Wall’ aims to reduce the key barriers to those who do not currently participate in regular activity, through affordable weekly sessions, courses, drop in sessions and tournaments.

The 'Off the Wall' project requires Ambassadors to support these newly funded sessions through the development, provision and monitoring of student involvement.

If you are interested, please read the role description and personal specification. These roles are linked to the EDGE programme and UWE Bristol Futures Award.

If you would like to apply for an ambassador role, or require more information, please email

Swimming volunteers

Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club (BPOSC) is a community based swimming club. There are 60 swimmers in the learn to swim programme and 120 swimmers in the competitive squads. There are swimmers of all ages and abilities, ranging from non-swimmers right through to district level and masters swimmers. BPOSC compete in local leagues as well as county, district and open competitions.

What's involved?

The volunteering would involve helping out with the teaching or coaching and requires no experience as there are fully qualified volunteers to provide support and guidance.

Students/staff who volunteer for six months would be able to gain 50% funding from BPOSC to attend an ASA level 1 swimming teaching/coaching course (with the other 50% funded through the EDGE programme).

Students/staff who volunteer with BPOSC for a year, would be able to access full funding for an ASA level 1 swimming teaching or coaching course. Also, anyone that volunteers on a weekly basis would be able to swim with BPOSC for free.

Training times and locations

BPOSC are particularly interested in having volunteers at the Easton swimming sessions, however, please note we also have training at the sessions outlined below.

Day Venue Time
Monday Hengrove Leisure Centre 19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday Easton Leisure Centre 19:00 - 22:00
Wednesday St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School 18:30 - 21:10
Thursday Easton Leisure Centre 19:00 - 22:00
Friday Easton Leisure Centre 19:00 - 22:00


Bristol University

Easton Leisure Centre

Hengrove Leisure Centre

16:30 - 18:00

18:30 - 21:00

17:30 - 19:30


GoodGym - Get fit and volunteer!

GoodGym is about getting fit by doing good. GoodGym is a group of runners who get fit by doing physical tasks which benefit the community.

  • Step 1 - Come for a run: Find a group run near you to attend. All levels are welcome, run and do some good.
  • Step 2 - Join GoodGym: After your group run, you’ll be invited to join GoodGym. We’ll get you trained, background checked and send you a running top.
  • Step 3 - Go: Get sent missions to complete, get paired with an isolated older person and get support from a qualified fitness coach.

Football coaches

Southmead Community Football Club are looking for football coaches to cover the following sessions:

Age Group  Day Time 
 Under 8's  Tuesday  18:00 - 19:00
 Under 9's and 12's  Wednesday  18:00 - 19:00
 Under 16's  Thursday  18:00 - 19:00
 Under 18's  Thursday  19:00 - 21:00
 Under 10's  Friday  18:00 - 19:00
 Under 14's  Friday  17:00 - 18:00

Sessions take place at Southmead Community Sport, Pen Park Pavilion, Jarratts Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 6WF.

Alive 'N' Kicking Healthy Lifestyles Programme

Alive 'N' Kicking is commissioned by Bristol City Council to deliver healthy lifestyles programmes to children aged 2-16 years who are on or above 91st centile. The programmes consist of two sessions per week over a 6 - 12 week period.

What is covered during the sessions

  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • Making small, easy changes to help benefit a family’s health
  • Food preparation sessions – making fruit kebabs, smoothies and healthy wraps
  • Shop healthier by learning how to read food labels
  • Activity sessions – learn that exercise can be fun, play new games and build your skills and confidence 

Ignite Sport Sessions (Disability Sport)

Rock Climbing and other adventure sports

Red Point Bristol, 40 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2NW

Wednesday evenings

The Climbing Academy, Charlton Street, Bristol BS5 0FD

Monthly Saturday sessions

Deaf Friendly Badminton

Colston’s School, Bell Hill, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1BJ

Wednesday 19:00 - 21:00


Bite size swimming lessons

Easton Leisure Centre, Thrissell Street, Bristol BS5 0SW

 Various Saturdays throughout the year 18:00 - 19:00 


St Pauls Academy, Newfoundlands Rd, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 9NH


Autistic Football 12:00 - 13:00

Multi Sport 13:00 - 14:30


Frenchay Falcons Cricket, Common Mead Lane, Frenchay, Bristol, BS16 1QQ 

Juniors (11-16 years) - Mondays 18:15 - 19:15

Seniors (16+ years) - Mondays 19:15 - 20:15


All Aboard, Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Rd, Bristol, BS1 6XG

Saturdays (all ages) 10:00 - 12:00 Easter to end of September

Tuesdays (8-25 years) 16:00 - 18:00 Easter - October

Downs Syndrome Football

St Pauls Academy, Newfoundlands Rd, Bristol, BS2 9NH

Sundays 11:00 - 12:00

Doorstep Sport (Social Inclusion Sport)


The City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, BS5 9JH

Fridays 17:00 - 19:00

Urban Fit

Muller Hall, Kensington Baptist Church, Seymour Road, Easton, BS5 0NX

Tuesdays 18:00 - 21:00 - Women only aged 14-25

East Bristol Sports Hub (Multisport)

Winter: Barton Hill Rugby Club Pavilion, Duncombe Lane, BS15 1NR

Summer: Meadow Vale Community Centre, Speedwell, BS5 7RF

Mondays 17:00 - 19:00

Mixed, ages 11-25

Hillfields Sports Hub (Multisport)

Hillfields Youth Centre, Thicket Road, BS16 4EH

Mondays 16:00 - 20:00 - Mixed, ages 13-19

Wednesdays 17:30 - 19:00 - Mixed, aged 8-13

Easton Street Sportz

The City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, BS5 9JH

Saturdays 11:45 - 14:30, males aged 11-21

Horfield - Wordsworth (Multisport)

Wordsworth Centre, 48 Wordsworth Road, Horfield, BS7 0DZ

Wednesdays 16:30 - 18:30 - Mixed, ages 7-25

Horfield - Eden Grove (Multisport)

The Community Centre, Rear of Eden Grove Methodist Church, Horfield, BS7 0PQ

Mondays 20:00 - 21:30 - Mixed, ages 11-17

The Station Sports Hub (Multisport)

The Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG

Thursdays 17:30 - 19:30 - Mixed, aged 14-19

For all listed opportunities please e-mail

Paid coaching opportunities

We have a range of paid opportunities, email

EDGE testimonials

Read our EDGE testimonials and find out what previous staff and students think of the programme.

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