School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Undergraduate study

David Chaplin

"The opportunities have been amazing. I can't think of anywhere else where I would have had these opportunities"

David Chaplin

Year of Study


Why did you choose this course?

At school business studies was my favourite subject, followed closely by PE. With a passion for sport and a desire to work in the sport business industry, studying sports management was the perfect fit. The opportunity of doing a professional placement year, the reputation and facilities meant Loughborough was always my first choice.

What attracted you to Loughborough University?

The facilities of the university and reputation of the department. Career wise the department was number one in the rankings and being sports mad I fell in love with the world-class sport facilities, so Loughborough was always the obvious choice. On top of that Loughborough is in the centre of the UK (never too far from family and friends) and has won the student experience award six times running.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The diversity of modules of offer and the opportunity to do a professional placement year.

What do you think of the teaching quality?

It is very high. The lecturers are very passionate about their field, often being leaders in it. They are always willing to answer questions, whether it is face to face or via email.

Do you have a favourite module?

The Advancing Sports Marketing module in final year. The content was very thought provoking and the module leader/lecturer was incredibly passionate about using the module as professional development.

We got to hear from an industry expert and the assessment methods of a forty minute group presentation and coursework essay helped in having a greater understanding of the module, building your professional skills in terms of presenting, research and teamwork.

What support have you had from the department?

I was assigned a personal tutor from within the department on my first week. I have used my personal tutor alongside the careers centre to discuss future career paths, my CV and work experience opportunities. The department/careers centre also had career talks from sporting companies, one of which I went on to work for during the London 2012 Olympics.

Describe a typical day on your course

This year I normally have 2 hours a day contact time dedicated to lectures or seminars. As I'm doing a dissertation I have a lot of independent study hours, so for the majority of the day I’ll be reading for modules using the library's resources, writing up notes or working on my dissertation. Then there is always some sport on organised by your halls or the university to get involved in to relax.

Have you done a professional placement?

I started my development on my first week at Loughborough volunteering for Loughborough Sport, which gave me the opportunity to find what part of sport I was interested in and gave me some practical experience to put on my CV.

This helped when I applied for a job at the London 2012 Olympics, where I was an event host and for securing my professional placement. My placement was based at Burnley Football Club with the University College of Football Business (UCFB), who offer university degrees and executive education in the football business and sport industries.

Through my time at UCFB I was able to build up a professional network, and being in the marketing department I was able to apply what I had learnt in my course. It has also helped me this year, especially in Advance Sport Marketing and Strategic Management, through improving my analytical and presentation skills and my business knowledge.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

After I graduate I will be returning to work at UCFB where I did my placement, this time based at Wembley Stadium. It has always been a dream to work there. My degree at Loughborough allowed me to get a placement there in the first place and has enabled me to constantly improve my CV.

What would you say to someone considering studying your course?

If you are passionate about sports and/or business this is a great course for you to study. Loughborough has a fantastic reputation, fantastic facilities and endless opportunities for you to get involved in. You're also not limited to going into the sports industry once you graduate, so the choice of your future career isn't limited.

What do you think of the social atmosphere on campus?

The social atmosphere is incredible; Loughborough is renowned for its student experience as there is so much you can do. The sport and nightlife is amazing. There are plenty of ways to get involved in the Students’ Union; I've been involved in fundraising for Rag, have volunteered for Loughborough Sport and am a radio host with Loughborough Students Radio through student media.

What do you enjoy most about being a student here?

The opportunities have been amazing. Through my time as being a student at Loughborough I have ran the New York Marathon, coached football and life skills in Zambia, carried the olympic torch in the dress rehearsal, presented a cheque live on BBC for Children on Need and made some incredible friends for life. I can't think of anywhere else where I would have had all those opportunities.

What do you find inspiring about Loughborough University?

No matter who you meet on campus - a student, lecturer or member of staff - they all take great pride in being at Loughborough and part of the Loughborough experience. Everyone knows how privileged they are to be here.