Students involved in the coaching programme at the Centre for Sports

Sport volunteering opportunities

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

Volunteering 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 want to, timings are flexible and will fit around your existing commitments.

Volunteer placements enable students who have received funding from the Sport Volunteering Programme to 'pay back' their volunteer hours.

Register your interest or log your hours.

Volunteering opportunities

MOVE Activator positions

UWE Bristol Sport are working in partnership with a number of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) 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.

To apply, please email


There are a range of roles available over the year for the Varsity Series. Please register your interest.

Swimming volunteers

Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club (BPOSC) is a community-based swimming club. There are 90 children in swimming lessons and 300 swimmers in the competitive and club squads. There are swimmers of all ages and abilities, ranging from stage 7 swimmers right through to regional 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 and 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 Sport Volunteering Programme). Anyone who volunteers on a weekly basis would be able to swim with BPOSC for a reduced fee.

Training times and locations

BPOSC train at a variety of sites across the city and volunteers can choose a suitable session to volunteer at. Please see the Penguins website for full details of training locations and times.

Contact Polly Mullen for more information.

Rugby Student Referee Programme

The Student Referee Programme is a student development pathway created to give UWE Bristol students the opportunity to advance their skills through the England Rugby Referee Award. Whether you’re a player looking to enhance your game knowledge, or simply interested in becoming a qualified rugby referee, then get involved today.

Why join the Student Referee Programme?

  • The UWE Bristol Sport volunteering programme will pay for you to complete the England Rugby Referee Award (£85)
  • Bristol Referee Society will mentor your development after your completion of the course
  • You will have access to paid refereeing opportunities through the local TriCSS league (North Bristol RFC)
  • Develop key life skills both on and off the pitch
  • The RFU will provide you with a complementary referee jersey
  • You will become a member of the England Rugby Referee Association and Bristol Referee Society

Register your interest.

Paid coaching opportunities

We have a range of paid opportunities, email


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

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