After changing degrees from Product Design Engineering to Sport and Exercise Science, Alex stepped out his comfort zone and began exploring all the different opportunities through the Coach & Volunteer Academy. After initially getting involved in swimming and athletics coaching, Alex's determination and initiative led him to a variety of Performance Analyst roles with Rugby and the Boxing Centre of Excellence!
Tell us a little about yourself (E.g. hobbies, interests and background):
Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I can say without a doubt that I enjoyed myself the most when playing sports. At school I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to play all types of sports. My main sport was swimming, but I was also heavily involved in cross country and athletics.
In terms of my hobbies and interests, I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan and a big football fan in general. I’ve always loved watching the Olympics and I can remember watching Michael Phelps at Beijing 2008 and being in awe. I enjoy going to the gym with mates, cooking and coffee drinking. I also love travelling and going for long walks in the countryside.
How did you first get involved in volunteering/ placement within sport at Loughborough?
In my first SES year, I first got involved in volunteering by signing up to the discounted level 1 and 2 swimming teaching qualification. This involved assisting on weekends at the pool. Later in the year, I managed to get involved in the swimming performance programme as a swimming performance analyst. To secure this I simply expressed my interest in getting involved in swimming after sitting in an introductory lecture on performance analysis.
During your years at Loughborough what did you get involved in through volunteering within sport?
In my second year, I continued volunteering with the swimming performance programme and in the summer term, I volunteered as an assistant athletics sprints coach.
Currently, I’m in my final year and I’m volunteering as a performance analyst with the men’s rugby union team and the boxing centre of excellence.
On reflection, despite COVID, I was very fortunate to have been able to volunteer remotely with the swimming team. I also experienced the power that a network can have as it helped me secure a volunteer role with the new boxing centre of excellence which was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.
What was your experience volunteering/ on placement like?
How has being involved with Loughborough Sport helped you develop and progress (personally and professionally)?
Professionally, my volunteering has helped me develop many skills that I wouldn’t have been able to in my studies alone. For example, I have been able to learn and become proficient in Hudl Sportscode which is a world-leading sports performance analysis software. I have also been able to develop my soft skills such as communication, organisation and teamwork. For me, these are the most valuable skills as they are transferrable to all professions and aspects of daily life. I have also been able to start building a network at the world’s best sporting university.