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Sports volunteering

We offer opportunities ranging from coaching, officiating and sports development

We offer a number of great volunteering opportunities at the University of Portsmouth to develop your leadership skills through work based learning. Opportunities are there for you from working with our sports clubs to working in schools and the community. We work closely with the University’s Careers and Employability Service, Portsmouth School Sport Partnership and local community partners to offer opportunities ranging from coaching, officiating and sports development, to marketing and academic placements.

Sports clubs

Our 36 sports clubs are organised by students. With a range of committee positions available in each club, the scope for personal development is huge. Many of these roles are voted for by club members, so membership within a club is often advantageous. Roles can include: president, club captain, media secretary, welfare secretary as well as many others. These roles help students develop skills in organising teams, events, and developing their club. The transferable skills gained can help enhance employability for you, and count towards your higher education achievement record

Community outreach

We work with Portsmouth School Sport Partnership to deliver sport in schools across the City. Our football programme works to get girls involved within local schools and our junior community football club UOPCFC. Our american football, hockey, netball and rugby clubs work specifically with schools. We have a well established successful schools programme. Students have the opportunity to gain qualifications and to build their personal skills, but also give local children an insight into all university life has to offer. To find out more or how you can get involved please complete the form below.


Engaging new people in a sport that I am highly passionate about was fantastic. It was rewarding to see how a relatively small sport in the university was given the same level of support as other larger groups, helping growth and engagement.


I feel that I have had a lot of responsibility while volunteering which I have not had previously in any other job role. It required a lot of independence and initiative which will help when applying for jobs elsewhere.


The staff were always there to answer any questions I had. They helped me organise big events such as my UV volleyball tournament. They’re encouraging and helped my confidence improve massively over the year.


I feel as if I have learnt a lot from just a small role and it will help me in becoming employable throughout my degree as well as forming a strong link for potential growth.


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