Loughborough Sport Placements

Every year Loughborough Sport, in partnership with the School of Exercise & Health Sciences, host a variety of placements in performance support and operational roles for both our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Find out more about these placements below.

Undergraduate Placements

We offer a variety of full-time placements for undergraduates at Loughborough University undertaking a sandwich year/ year in industry as part of their course in disciplines including Performance Analysis, Strength & Conditioning, Physiology, and Operations Support. Students undertaking our placements will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability.

Please include your student email address when submitting applications. If you have any issues submitting your application, please contact v.smith@lboro.ac.uk.

Lightning Netball Undergraduate Operations Placement 2023-24 (Applications Open)

Lightning Netball Operations Placement

Loughborough Lightning Netball is a franchise of the Netball Super League.  The NSL team train and compete at Loughborough University along with the Loughborough Lightning National Performance League that supports over 50 athletes across different age groups.  Lightning Netball also support a Lightning Experience Programme for 300 junior athletes, training and competing in the East Midlands region.  Alongside our performance pathway we run a successful commercial programme of holiday camps and bespoke coaching sessions. 

The successful applicant will gain practical experience in an elite sporting environment working with Loughborough Lightning coaches and practitioners. You will gain experience with a range of commercial and community programmes and event delivery at the Loughborough Lightning NSL match day events.

What would I be doing?

  • Working alongside the netball programme manager and NSL and NPL head coaches to assist with the operations of running the NSL and NPL performance programme.
  • Support the management and logistics of the Loughborough Lightning teams.
  • Support the trials process at the beginning of the year
  • Support match day operations
  • Support the provision of marketing, media and communications across Lightning Netball
  • Support the administration and running of the Lightning Experience programme
  • Support the administration and running of the Lightning holiday camps and coaching packages

What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Suitable for someone looking to move into a management or marketing role in sport.
  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment.
  • Mentoring from the Programme Manager
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations
  • Portfolio of practical expertise across a range of performance sport and commercial programmes
  • Enhance your employability
  • Development of soft skills

 What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – to get as much as possible out of the placement.
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules and fixtures.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstration of excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week 
  • 1 year duration (Including 20 days holiday and University closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Interviews will take place on the Tuesday 14th February

Applications close Monday 6th February 5pm

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests and sport you would like to be involved in at Loughborough
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?
Upload your CV & Application Video here

CVA Data & Projects Operations Support Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough University is committed to the development of students & staff through sport. Supporting around 1,000 students in gaining quality experiences within sport, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within a workforce development programme.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in a sports workforce development environment under the guidance of Sports Development staff. During the 1- year placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of Continued Professional Development (CPD) and practical expertise, enhancing their employability within the sports development field.

What would I be doing?

  • Working with the Sports Volunteering Coordinator on the development of the CVA Portal to enable students to find and undertake the opportunities most relevant to them.
  • Using the CVA Portal to generate reports that inform key decision making that supports the CVA Strategy.
  • Coordinating and organising CVA Portal Training for Loughborough Sport Staff.
  • Supporting the Head of Sport Workforce development to organise and conduct the CVA Graduate Survey
  • Identifying CVA Strand-Specific volunteering, placement, and graduate opportunities and sharing them on CVA Channels
  • Supporting the organisation of the annual CVA Awards Ceremony.
  • Coordinating a review of the CVA Reward & Recognition Scheme including creating feedback surveys, coordinating focus groups with student volunteers, and presenting finding to the CVA Team.
  • Working alongside the Sports Volunteering Officer to coordinate Logging Hours & Out & About Week Campaigns.
  • Attending regular meetings with the CVA team, other key University personnel, external agencies and contribute appropriately.
  • Supporting the wider Development Team with the organisation of Welcome Week Activity.
  • Carrying out any other duties, that may be reasonably requested.

What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Personal Development and Mentoring support from the Sports Volunteering Coordinator
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical experience
  • Enhance your employability
  • Development of soft skills
  • Understanding of wider sporting landscape
  • Personalised Coach & Volunteer Academy (CVA) kit package and Loughborough Sport Kit
  • Access to the CVA’s Reward & Recognition scheme as a result of logging hours
  • Work and learn alongside experienced Sports Development Staff

 

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role, you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Interest or experience in handling and processing data.
  • Ability to use programmes such as Microsoft Excel to collect and analyse data.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement.
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with programme scheduling.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstration of excellent organisation and time management skills.
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things.

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week 
  • 1 year duration (including 20 days holiday and University closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Interviews date: Thursday 8th December 

Closing date: 10am Friday 2nd December

For any informal Enquiries about the role, please contact Amber Main, Sports Volunteering Coordinator- a.main@lboro.ac.uk.

Hockey Operations Support Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability.

What would I be doing?

  • Working alongside the hockey programme coordinator and men’s and women’s head coaches to assist with the operations of running the men’s and women’s hockey performance programme. The role would also be responsible for liaising with the AU clubs around matters of mutual interest.
  • Suitable for someone looking to move into a management or marketing role in sport
  • Individual will support the management and logistics needed to field multiple teams each week across BUCS and national league hockey
  • Support the extensive trials process at the beginning of the year
  • Support match day operations
  • Support the provision of marketing, media and communications across the programme
  • Opportunity to work with external hockey bodies (e.g. England Hockey) when they host external bookings at Loughborough
  • Support with other areas of the Inter-Disciplinary team as required

What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from programme coordinator and head coaches
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability,
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules and fixtures
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstration of excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week 
  • 1 year duration (Including 20 days holiday and University closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Interviews will take place on the Wednesday 14th December 2022.

Applications close 10am Friday 2nd December 2022.

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests and sport you would like to be involved in at Loughborough
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Athlete Recruitment Support Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment, of the recruitment of student-athletes under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability.

What would I be doing?

  • Suitable for someone looking to move into a management, recruitment or marketing role in sport.
  • Individual will support the management and implementation of performance programme recruitment plans
  • Support Athletic Union clubs to achieve some of their recruitment objectives.
  • Contribute to the development and creation of recruitment specific marketing content, including but not limited to web pages, social media and presentations.
  • Supporting selected schools and colleges visiting Loughborough Campus.
  • Support the provision of recruitment specific marketing, media and communications across Performance Programmes.
  • Attend sporting fixtures, competitions and events.
  • Direct mentoring support from experienced programme managers.

What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Exposure to working in an operational role across an elite sporting environment.
  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment.
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities.
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors.
  • Opportunity to attend a number of sporting events as a Loughborough Sport ambassador.
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations.
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise.
  • Enhance your employability.
  • Development of soft skills.

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role, you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Creativity – an understanding of how to communicate to prospective student athletes.
  • An interest in the development of skills and expertise creating social media graphics and content.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected.
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • The ability to bring to life a project plan.
  • Experience in speaking to groups of people in both formal and in-formal settings.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things.
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others.

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6,000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Minimum of 35 hours per week
  • 1 year duration (Including 20 days holiday and University Closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why you? Why Loughborough?
  • Why are you interested in this role and what do you think you could bring to it?
  • What skills do you have, or would like to develop, that make you a good candidate for the role?

Interview Date:

  • Thursday 15th December 2022.

Closing date:

  • 10am Friday 2nd December 2022.

Athletics Operations Support Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches, practitioners and programme managers through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of the athletics programme management team and working with athletics coaches and practitioners. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability.

What would I be doing?

  • Working alongside the Athletics Programme Manager to assist with the operations of running the largest AU club and performance programme at Loughborough University
  • Suitable for someone looking to move into a logistics or management role in sport
  • The individual will support:
    • The management of the club’s performance programme, and athletes and staff within it
    • Team management at BUCS Championships and associated logistics
    • Domestic competition delivery
    • The provision of marketing, media and communications across the programme

What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Exposure of working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Direct mentoring support from experienced programme managers
  • Exposure to a range of athletic events, disciplines, and abilities
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get as much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • An individual with a strong understanding of the sport of athletics
  • Demonstration of excellent organisation and time management skills
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others
  • A strong desire to help others achieve excellence

 Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Average of 30 hours per week. Hours may be higher or lower per week, aligned with competition preparation or activity
  • 1 year duration (including 20 days holiday and university closure days)
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the placement will take place during evenings and weekends to align with the nature of the sport.
  • There is an understanding that the applicant may be required to work at competitions where they otherwise would have competed at (if an athlete). Please consider this if you are a high level athlete considering applying.

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences of working or volunteering in a sporting environment
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?
  • What can you bring to the role?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • What interests you about the role?
  • What would be your favourite element of the role?
  • What do you think would be a challenging aspect of the role?

Interview date: Wednesday 14th December

Applications Close: 10am Friday 2nd December 

Hockey Performance Analysis Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability within the Performance Analysis field.

What would I be doing?

  • You will film, code, and play an integral part in the feedback process to coaches and other staff.
  • Present data, learn practical analysis techniques and gain experience with the latest industry technology and software
  • Focuses on management of training load and injury prevention through GPS
  • Utilising Loughborough’s unique relationship with HUDL to help develop your skills.

 What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Gain practical coaching experience under the guidance of experienced coaches
  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills
  • Develop skills such as programming and performance planning, delivery of training sessions and data analysis

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in delivering or assisting in the delivery of lectures, workshops and consultations.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 10 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September 2022
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 1 year duration (Including 20 days holiday and University Closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How to apply

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests and sport you would like to be involved in at Loughborough
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Interview dates: 6th and 7th December

Closing date: 10am Friday 2nd December

Click here to upload your CV & Video Application

Rugby Performance Analysis Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability within the Performance Analysis field.

What would I be doing?

  • You will film, code, and play an integral part in the feedback process to coaches and other staff.
  • Present data, learn practical analysis techniques and gain experience with the latest industry technology and software
  • Focuses on management of training load and injury prevention through GPS
  • Utilising Loughborough’s unique relationship with HUDL to help develop your skills.

 What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Gain practical coaching experience under the guidance of experienced coaches
  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills
  • Develop skills such as programming and performance planning, delivery of training sessions and data analysis

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in delivering or assisting in the delivery of lectures, workshops and consultations.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 10 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September 2022
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 1 year duration (Including 20 days holiday and University Closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How to apply

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests and sport you would like to be involved in at Loughborough
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Interview dates: 6th and 7th December

Closing date: 10am Friday 2nd December 

Basketball Performance Analysis Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability within the Performance Analysis field.

What would I be doing?

  • You will film, code, and play an integral part in the feedback process to coaches and other staff.
  • Present data, learn practical analysis techniques and gain experience with the latest industry technology and software
  • Focuses on management of training load and injury prevention through GPS
  • Utilising Loughborough’s unique relationship with HUDL to help develop your skills.

 What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Gain practical coaching experience under the guidance of experienced coaches
  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills
  • Develop skills such as programming and performance planning, delivery of training sessions and data analysis

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in delivering or assisting in the delivery of lectures, workshops and consultations.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 10 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September 2022
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 1 year duration (Including 20 days holiday and University Closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How to apply

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests and sport you would like to be involved in at Loughborough
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Interview dates: 6th and 7th December

Closing date: 10am Friday 2nd December

Football Performance Analysis Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability within the Performance Analysis field.

What would I be doing?

  • You will film, code, and play an integral part in the feedback process to coaches and other staff.
  • Present data, learn practical analysis techniques and gain experience with the latest industry technology and software
  • Focuses on management of training load and injury prevention through GPS
  • Utilising Loughborough’s unique relationship with HUDL to help develop your skills.

 What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Gain practical coaching experience under the guidance of experienced coaches
  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills
  • Develop skills such as programming and performance planning, delivery of training sessions and data analysis

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in delivering or assisting in the delivery of lectures, workshops and consultations.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 10 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September 2022
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 1 year duration (Including 20 days holiday and University Closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How to apply

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests and sport you would like to be involved in at Loughborough
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Interview dates: 6th and 7th December

Closing date: 10am Friday 2nd December

Strength & Conditioning Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability within the Strength & Conditioning field.

What would I be doing?

  • Support the Strength & Conditioning team in providing support to University athletes and teams (e.g. Swimming, Netball and Rugby) throughout the pre-season.
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Assist in the programming and performance planning, delivery of training sessions and data analysis
  • Gain practical coaching experience under the guidance of experienced coaches
  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations such as the UKSCA process
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability, particularly within S&C
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills
  • Develop skills such as programming and performance planning, delivery of training sessions and data analysis

What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Gain practical coaching experience under the guidance of experienced coaches
  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations such as the UKSCA process
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability, particularly within S&C
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills
  • Develop skills such as programming and performance planning, delivery of training sessions and data analysis

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in delivering or assisting in the delivery of lectures, workshops and consultations.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 1 year duration (Including 20 days holiday and University Closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

  1. Tell us about yourself
    1. Name
    2. Most recent experience in a sporting environment
    3. Career aspirations
  1. Tell us why you want to work in Strength & Conditioning?
  1. Tell us about a time that you have had success when working with someone, to elicit a performance change
  1. What about you as a person would make an athlete want to engage with you?
  1. Physically demonstrate, and give only the main coaching points for the following exercises (if you have access to a gym, please demonstrate with load, if not, bodyweight will suffice):
    1. Squat
    2. Romanian Deadlift/Stiff Leg Deadlift
    3. Front Plank
  1. Please give us the details of your most recent references that are available to contact. 

Interview date – W/C 12th December

Closing date - 10am Friday 2nd December 

Physiology Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

The Loughborough Sport Physiology team directly supports 4 Performance Programmes (athletics, swimming, cycling and triathlon), and also has a commercial arm.  On the commercial side we provide support to a wide range of sports and athletes.  The main client groups we work with are endurance runners, triathletes, cyclists and motorsports, with athletes ranging from novices to professional sports people and world record holders.

Our team comprises of 3 staff members and a group of placement students and volunteers – as well as this full-time undergraduate placement we also have 2 part-time placement students and 2 - 3 volunteers, all on the MSc Exercise Physiology programme.

This undergraduate physiology placement is focussed on working with the commercial arm of our service.  You can find out more about what we do on our webpage.

What would I be doing?

  • Assist with lab-based physiology testing.  Over the course of the placement you will gain experience and understanding so that you are able to run tests independently (under supervision).  You will also gain experience of writing reports – interpreting data and creating bespoke feedback for the individual athlete. The wide variety of athletes we work with provides you with a great opportunity to develop a deep understanding of physiology data and its application to performance, as well as how to engage and communicate effectively with different people.
  • Environmental physiology. We do heat and altitude work with a range of athletes.  You will be involved in the delivery of heat acclimation programmes with athletes preparing for events such as the Marathon des Sables, and altitude work with people preparing for mountaineering expeditions.
  • Educational material. The ability to communicate effectively is important, and we will give you the opportunity to produce resources on different topic areas – for example researching and writing articles on a range of physiology topics for our website or newsletter, or delivering workshops to visiting athlete groups.
  • Independent projects. Over the course of the placement we will give you one or two projects to work on independently.  This might be a topic area to investigate to further develop an aspect of our support or working with an athlete to provide bespoke support over a period of time.
  • CPD. We run a weekly CPD programme for our placement team, which you will be expected to engage in. This will include things like learning how to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences, presenting on and discussing projects you are working on, as well as learning from the physiology staff team and external speakers.  As well as this we have regular physiology team meetings where people share projects they are working on to debate and discuss, so you will learn about subjects outside your direct areas of work.
  • Other areas. We will expect you to interact and develop good working relationships with practitioners from different disciplines, and you may have the opportunity to get involved with project work with a Performance Programme within Loughborough Sport.

What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhanced employability
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail
  • The ability to interact and engage with a wide variety of people
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Ability to work well independently as well as with others
  • Enthusiasm and full commitment to the role and your development 
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 1 year duration (including 20 days holiday and university closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work may be required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you address all the points set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Why you are interested in this placement and your career aspirations
  • Relevant experience you have gained and skills/qualities you think you would bring to the role

Explain the procedures and reasons for doing a VO2 max test – to an athlete, with no knowledge of sports science.


Interview Date: Afternoon of Wednesday 14th December

Closing Date: 10am Friday 2nd December

Football Operations Support Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability.

What would I be doing?

  • 2 roles exist one for the men’s and one for the women’s Football Performance programmes.
  • Working alongside the football programme coordinator and men’s and women’s head coaches to assist with the operations of running the men’s and women’s football performance programme. The role would also be responsible for liaising with the AU clubs around matters of mutual interest.
  • Suitable for someone looking to move into a management or marketing role in sport
  • Support the extensive trials process at the beginning of the academic year
  • Support match day operations
  • Support the provision of marketing, media and communications across the programme
  • Direct mentoring support from experienced programme manager
  • Individual will support the management and logistics needed to field multiple teams each week across BUCS and national and national leagues in football
  • Opportunity to work with external football bodies (e.g. County FA, Premier League, etc.) when hosting fixtures and events at Loughborough
  • Support with other areas of the Inter-Disciplinary team as required

What will I get out of this opportunity?

  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities
  • Mentoring from practitioners and supervisors
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise
  • Enhance your employability,
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team
  • Development of soft skills

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for football will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, experiences will take place during evenings and weekends to align with the football training schedule.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in delivering or assisting in the delivery of presentations.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things.
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others.

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Start date can be discussed but men’s pre-season starts in June and women’s programme in July
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week 
  • 1 year duration (including 20 days holiday and university closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Interviews will take place on the Thursday 15th December 2022.

Applications close 10am Friday 2nd December 2022.

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting/football environment
  • Personal sporting interests and programme (men’s or women’s) you would like to be involved in
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Men's Rugby Operations Support Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability.

What would I be doing? 

  • Working alongside the Rugby Programme Manager and men’s coaches to assist with the operations of running the men’s rugby performance programme and wider BUCS delivery 
  • Suitable for someone looking to move into a management or marketing role in sport 
  • Individual will support the management and logistics needed to field multiple teams each week across BUCS (including BUCS Super Rugby) and national league rugby 
  • Support the extensive trials process at the beginning of the year 
  • Support match day operations 
  • Support the provision of marketing, media and communications across the programme along with the media team 
  • Support the Programme Manager in Commercial endeavours 
  • Opportunity to work with external rugby bodies (e.g. RFU and BUCS) 
  • Support with other areas of the Inter-Disciplinary team as required 
  • Manage operations volunteers alongside the Programme Manager 

What will I get out of this opportunity? 

  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite sporting environment 
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities 
  • Mentoring from programme manager and head coaches 
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations 
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise 
  • Enhance your employability 
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team 
  • Development of soft skills 
  • Opportunities to visit, work within and alongside a variety of professional rugby clubs 
  • Develop a range of contacts within rugby

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in delivering or assisting in the delivery of lectures, workshops and consultations.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week 
  • 1year duration (including 20days holiday and university closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests and sport you would like to be involved in at Loughborough
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Interview date 13th December 

Closing date 10am Friday 2nd December 

Women's Rugby Operations Support Undergraduate Placement 2023-2024 (Applications Closed)

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program.

The successful applicant will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability.

What would I be doing? 

  • Working alongside the Rugby Programme Manager and women’s coaches to assist with the operations of running the women’s rugby performance programme including Allianz Premier 15s side Loughborough Lightning and wider BUCS delivery 
  • Suitable for someone looking to move into a management or marketing role in sport 
  • Individual will support the management and logistics needed to field multiple teams each week across Allianz Premier 15s and BUCS (including BUCS Women’s National League)  
  • Support match day operations 
  • Support the provision of marketing, media and communications across the programme along with the media team 
  • Support the Programme Manager in Commercial endeavours 
  • Opportunity to work with external rugby bodies (e.g. RFU, Premier 15s and BUCS) 
  • Opportunity to work with Loughborough Lightning’s partners Northampton Saints 
  • Support with other areas of the Inter-Disciplinary team as required 
  • Manage operations volunteers alongside the Programme Manager 

What will I get out of this opportunity? 

  • Exposure to working with coaches and athletes in an elite and professional sporting environment 
  • Exposure to a range of sports, disciplines, and abilities 
  • Mentoring from programme manager and head coaches 
  • Support through qualifications and accreditations 
  • Portfolio of CPD and practical expertise 
  • Enhance your employability 
  • Work closely with other practitioners within an interdisciplinary team 
  • Development of soft skills 
  • Work within a professional environment with full time athletes 
  • Opportunities to visit, work within and alongside a variety of professional rugby clubs 
  • Develop a range of contacts within rugby 

What is Loughborough Sport looking for?

  • To undertake this role you must be a current student at Loughborough University.
  • Full commitment – otherwise you won’t get much out of the placement and the support for our sports will be affected
  • Due to the nature of the role, some of the experience will take place during evenings and weekends to align with sport training schedules.
  • The ability to communicate well, share knowledge simply and effectively and strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in delivering or assisting in the delivery of lectures, workshops and consultations.
  • Innovative thinking and willingness to try things
  • Professional attitude and approach, respect for others

Additional Details

  • Paid stipend of £6000 over 12 months
  • Variety of start dates between 1st July – 1st September
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week 
  • 1 year duration (including 20days holiday and university closure days)
  • Evening and weekend work required
  • Opportunity to volunteer ahead of your placement
  • Diploma of Professional Studies running alongside placement year

How can I apply?

Please send a CV & Video Application to One Drive via the file request link below. It’s up to you how you choose to produce the video, the only stipulations are that it is no longer than 5 minutes and you answer all questions (with relevant detail) set out below:

Tell us about yourself:

  • Name
  • Your experiences in a sporting environment
  • Personal sporting interests and sport you would like to be involved in at Loughborough
  • Your career aspirations
  • What do you think you are like as a person, how would others describe you?

Tell us why you would like to join us:

  • Why this placement? Why you? Why Loughborough?

Interview date 13th December 

Closing date 10am Friday 2nd December 

Postgraduate Placements

We offer a variety of placements intergrated with our Masters Programmes in the School of Sports Exercise & Health Sciences (SSEHS) in disciplines including Performance Analysis, Strength & Conditioning, Physiology, Nutrition, and Biomechanics. Students undertaking our placements will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability. 

What will I get out of these opportunities?

Loughborough Sport is committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners through elite sport in the UK. Supporting around 500 funded athletes, scholars, and first team athletes across a range of sports and athletic disciplines, we provide a unique environment to develop a range of skills within an interdisciplinary sports program. Student undertaking our placements will gain practical applied experience in an elite sporting environment under the guidance of practitioners and coaches. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise, enhancing your employability:

Training and Mentoring

Access to in house specific technical training and mentoring delivered by Loughborough Sport Practitioners and Programme Managers.

Employability Skills

Develop employability skills such as communications and problem solving through hands on experience

Networking Opportunities

Opportunity to network with industry professionals