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 include opportunities to access 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:
Our Performance Analyst volunteers help capture, analyse and review video and data with the aim to improve the overall technical and tactical performance of both team and individuals across our performance programmes. Click to find out more about Performance Analysis at Loughborough!
Strength and Conditioning
Our volunteer Strength & Conditioning (S&C) coaches work under the guidance of a team of full-time coaches to support the physical and physiological development of athletes within the Loughborough’s performance programmes. Click to find out more about S&C here at Loughborough!
Sport and Performance Psychology
Open to those studying MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, students have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of performance sport settings through projects supported by Sport and Performance Psychology Lead, Dr Karl Steptoe. Click to find out more about Sport Psychology at Loughborough.
Performance Nutrition Sport
The Nutrition Team offer aspiring practitioners a range of opportunities to gain practical experience including a Summer Internship supporting athletes in pre-season and placements for students studying MSc Sport & Exercise Nutrition. Click to find out more about Performance Nutrition Support here.
Integrated into the Performance Lifestyle Team, an aspiring practitioner will have the opportunity to undertake a voluntary internship helping to support the development and empowerment of our student-athletes. Click to find out more about Performance Lifestyle Support here at Loughborough
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 reward & recognition scheme and subsidised Coach & Volunteer Academy kit.
Don’t just hear it from us!
Check out some of our Success Stories below to read about the experiences some of our volunteers have had!
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.