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Volunteering Stories

Bethany Connolly, 19, Coaching Disabled Children

Whilst studying for a BA (Hons) Sports Coaching degree Bethany coached disabled children.  Find out how Bethany’s volunteering experience helped her secure a job within the sports industry.

What first interested you in volunteering?

The first thing that interested me in volunteering was the experience and satisfaction I would get out of this role in the sports industry. By volunteering it lets me learn new skills and qualities and apply them to all situations in sport, not just volunteering.

What kind of volunteering adventures have you had?

I wouldn’t say I’ve had any adventures but coaching disabled children was a challenge for me as I have never coached people with certain needs.

Why do you think it is important to volunteer?

It is important to volunteer so you gain the experience necessary for your chosen career. Also, when applying for full time jobs it looks good on your CV.

What have you learnt from volunteering?

I have learnt that volunteering can increase your chances of getting a paid working job in sport and that it can open so many other opportunities within the organisation you work for and others too.

How has volunteering increased your chances of getting a job when you’ve finished your studies?

Since volunteering I have now got a paid job in the area I’ve always wanted to be in but will always continue to volunteer when and wherever I can.