Practitioner Programme

Developed in partnership with the School of Sport Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough Sport's Practitioner Programme utilises the expertise of our practitioners and academics to provided a blended and applied learning opportunity for those who are pursuing a career as a practitioner.

Stage 1

The first stage of the programme, aimed at undergraduates beginning their journey as a practitioner, sees a series of interactive workshops delivered by Loughborough Sport's Practitioner's and academcis from SSEHS, to provide a blended & applied learning opportunity for those who are pursuing a career as a practitioner. Click the toggle below to find out more details including how to apply:

Stage 1 (PP1)

What is it?

A series of interactive workshops delivered by SDC & SSEHS to provide a blended & applied learning opportunity for those who are pursuing a career as a practitioner. Deliverers will be from backgrounds such as S&C, Physiology, Nutrition, Performance Analysis and Psychology who will help build your understanding in the following themes:

  • Performance sport landscape & the demands of practitioner roles
  • Hearing perspectives of elite athletes and coaches
  • Improving rapport building & effective communication skills
  • Learning how to meaningfully apply theory in practice

What will you get out of this opportunity?

  • Opportunity to build relationships with Loughborough Sport practitioners and learn from their experience
  • Practical tasks to complete to enhance your understanding
  • A clearer understanding of working in the performance support landscape
  • Developed soft skills required to progress in this industry
  • An opportunity to be spotted prior to recruitment windows for roles at Loughborough Sport

When?

  • Recruitment taking place in October 2022
  • Programme runs between February & March 2023
  • Recruitment for 2023-2024 voluntary roles follow this programme 

Stage

Date

Applications open

5th October 2022

Applications close

28th October 2022

Successful candidates chosen

4th November 2022

Welcome & introduction session

29th November 2022

How to apply?

Applicants need to send in a 3 minute (maximum) video explaining how you meet the following essential criteria for the programme: 

  • More than one year remaining at Loughborough
  • Completed some experience within performance support or made appropriate attempts to secure experience
  • Desire to move into a voluntary practitioner role at Loughborough 
  • Willingness to listen and learn from others*
  • Willing to throw yourself in and be pushed out of your comfort zone*

* As part of your application video you will need to give examples of how you have demonstrated these qualities previously.

Please use the file request link to upload your video application to One Drive. 

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Stage 2 & 3

Our vision is to build a 3 year programme that sequentially builds on the knowledge and skills students developed in the previous stage and ultimately helps prepare them to go out into industry. Check out the information below to see what our visions in for the future stages of the programme:

Stage 2 (PP2)

The second stage of the programme builds on the understanding developed in the first stage of the programme. Students enrolling on the second stage would have to meet prerequisites including holding a active voluntary role within performance support in order to apply and reflect on learnings covered in stage 2.

Key outcomes for those on stage 2 would include:

  • Improved self-awareness and evaluate where to focus energy for improvement
  • Recognise the skills that are required to thrive in high performance environments

How to apply?

This stage of the programme is still underdevelopment and won't be open to application until the 2022/23 academic year.

Stage 3 (PP3)

The third stage of the practitioner programme takes the knowledge developed in stage 1 and through your studies, along with the application of knowledge and experience in stage 2, to help prepare you to go out into the industry focusing on:

  • Building and utilising your professional network
  • CV writing, applications and interviews

How to apply

This stage of the programme is still underdevelopment and won't be open to application until the 2023/24 academic year.

Impact of the programme

I think it has given me a much better and more realistic understanding of what it means to be a practitioner and what to expect at the workplace.

8.3/10*

Average rating for feeling more prepared to take on a practitioner role

*50% rated 9 or 10

Comments about sessions

"Really interesting talks by the speakers, using their experiences to educate us as so we can learn how to build rapport in the most effective way as this is a massive building block in practitioner-athlete relationships"

9/10

How engaging were the deliverers on this programme?

Comments about deliverers

"I enjoyed hearing from a wide range of speakers who sounded passionate and enthusiastic about their work"

Student testimonials

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