The Performance Support strand offered by the CVA works in partnership with the Performance Support Team at Loughborough to provide a wide range of student opportunities.
This strand is aimed at students who may wish to develop a career in the Performance Support / Sport Science industry. This industry is a rapidly expanding global industry, and for this reason, Performance Support Practitioners are in increasing demand, particularly given the drive of professional athletes to maximise their potential through marginal gains.
As a world-leading university that has a strong historical association with high performance sport we are in a unique position whereby we can offer our students the opportunity to volunteer as part of a high performance multi-disciplinary team in a number of Performance Support pathways.
These supporting roles form part of Loughborough Sport’s wider multidisciplinary Performance Support team which focuses on athlete and team performance. Each of these pathways will include access to full training, guidance and support from both internal practitioners and external industry experts.
What We Offer?
There are five distinct pathways in which students can become involved in at various stages at their time studying at Loughborough:
Performance Analysis: Our student volunteers provide systematic observations to enhance performance and improve decision making, primarily delivered through the provision of objective statistical (Data Analysis) and visual feedback (Video Analysis) to our elite athletes and coaches within our performance programmes.
Strength and Conditioning: Our student volunteers will support the physical and physiological development of athletes within the University elite sport performance programmes under the direct super vision of experienced practioners.
Performance Lifestyle: Our students volunteers will be given access to an education development pathway and delivery opportunities designed to provide our students with the knowledge and understanding to go on toprovide a personalised support service to our Elite athletes.
Sports Psychology: Our students studying on the University’s MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree will have the opportunity to gain low level experience a variety of performance sport settings prior to completing their industry recognised qualifications.
Performance Nutrition: Our student volunteer workforce will support experienced professional practitioners in unleashing the power of food in order for our athletes to get the very best out of their sports performance.
Support & Development
Our Performance Support volunteers have access to a number of different options of support and development unique to their pathway; including industry recognised qualifications and mentoring from our Loughborough Sport Performance Support staff, in order to become a confident, competent and safe practioner.
Although the vast amount of training a student volunteer will receive will be pathway specific, there will be many opportunities to access additional training and development opportunities organised by the Coach & Volunteer Academy within the world of Performance Support. Over the past couple of year we have offered a range of additional opportunities for development including the ISAK level 1 qualification, a number of workshops delivered by world renowned Dr. Steve Ingham and have also had a series of workshops delivered by Chimp Management ltd, amongst many others.
Why get involved?
- Access to internationally recognised industry qualifications such as ISAK and UKSCA accredited workshops.
- Access to in house specific technical training and mentoring delivered by Loughborough Sport Performance Support staff.
- Access to masterclasses and CPD opportunity that are led and delivered by industry experts.
- Opportunity to network with industry professionals and leading industry organisations.
- An opportunity to develop employability skills through volunteering experiences and an employability programme.
- Access to our new and exciting recognition scheme and subsidised Coach & Volunteer Academy kit.
Don’t just hear it from us!
“The Coach & Volunteer Academy’s psychology pathway has been an invaluable role during my time here whilst studying my MSC in Sports Psychology. The programme has provided the opportunity to incorporate skills learnt throughout the Masters programme directly into the work done with the Tennis team, giving the chance to understand how these play out in real scenarios. It was also played a fundamental role in solidifying my future career pathway in becoming a sports psychologist and I look forward to continuing work in this area!”
Fionnuala Barnes – Tennis Psychology Volunteer
How to get involved?
Any student studying on a Higher Education Course at Loughborough University or Loughborough College can get involved with our Performance Support Strand; however, there are some opportunities in the strand which students from only certain academic degrees can access.
To find out more on how to get involved in the Coach & Volunteer Academy, visit our “Get Involved” page.