Careers in Sport LIVE (formerly known as National Sports Roadshow) is an established event now in its fourth year.
The event provides a platform for employers, trainers, students, careers advisors, professionals and people looking for a change in career the opportunity to interact with each other.
The Careers Zone highlights the diversity of careers within the industry and aims to provide anyone who would like to find a job in sport and leisure with the information they need to establish their career. Professionals in the fields of Sports Coaching, Health and Exercise, Management, Media and Marketing, Science and Teachings offer advice on the qualifications and experience required for a career in their profession.
An open ‘Careers Clinic’ is available for delegates to drop in and ask the team of Careers Advisors to check your CV, UCAS application, personal statement and/or for career guidance.
The Sports Zone offers delegates an opportunity to observe and/or participate in taster sessions in a diverse range of sport and leisure activities and receive coaching from professional sports coaches.
Learn from the best and receive coaching from professional sports clubs and coaches as they run live coaching sessions. This fantastic opportunity provides an opportunity to observe high class coaching and for some lucky ones the chance to join in.
The Fitness Zone is an interactive area for delegates to participate and/or observe the latest fitness crazes. Bring your trainers and join in with practical sessions that offer bodyweight conditioning, high intensity resistance workouts, weighted Powerhoops to work all of the body’s muscle groups or even sessions that combine boxing, kick boxing and dance!
Careers in Sport LIVE 2015/16 Review
We were fortunate to begin the new academic year with an event at the University of Gloucestershire, with a fantastic presentation from England Women’s Rugby World Cup winner Rochelle Clark. She offered insight and advice on the impact that coaching can have on people of all physical abilities. Other highlights included a presentation by England and GB Basketball Sports Therapist Tom Cresswell, examining the different entry routes and qualifications needed for a career in Sports Therapy, plus insight into the world of Sports Science with presentations from Head of Academy Performance/Sports Science & Medicine at Reading Football Club Ed Franklin, along with Director of Biomechanics Education Rachel France.
Next stop: the fantastic facilities at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where hundreds of students and sports enthusiasts observed and participated in a variety of live demonstrators, including Rush Hockey, Powerhoop and Bokwa, with the latter certainly motivating the crowd to try the latest fitness craze currently sweeping the global health and fitness markets! We were also delighted to welcome the producers and presenters of the local TV station Made In Cardiff to the event. Our Keynote speaker was Welsh sporting hero Non Evans MBE, who gave a passionate presentation about her life as an athlete, and how after injury she found a new career as a radio and TV presenter, before starting her own health and fitness site.
Our pre-Christmas took place at Brunel University, and with the event selling out weeks in advance, we knew that this would be a busy show. With over 40 exhibitors present, and various halls to showcase the Sports, Careers and Fitness zones, there really was something for everyone. The Chelsea Foundation was a popular point of call, as sports enthusiasts battled against a timer to be the first across a line. Rochelle Clark was on hand once again to give a Rugby taster session, while Karl Sylvester, Community and Regional cricket coach for Middlesex Cricket Board entertained with some nifty cricket ball catching. There was also a lively game of Aussie Rules Football, and the guys at Wild Training entertained the crowds with practical sessions using Titan bags, battling ropes and parallettes. And the highlight of the day had to be British Olympic skiing legend turned TV presenter Graham Bell interview the London Broncos on stage, giving us a fascinating insight into the regime, dedication and attitude needed to be a professional athlete at the very top of your game.
The New Year took us to The Great Hall at the University of Exeter, where more inspirational presentations and careers advice was offered to the audience. Among them, GB/Commonwealth Judo medallist Chris Sherrington spoke about his career as a sporting professional, and subsequent career path as a Royal Marine. Jony Harris-Wright, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Bristol Rugby FC spoke about his career post playing for both Leinster and King Country, New Zealand, as a Strength and Conditioning coach. Damian Welch discussed his fourth season with the Exeter Chiefs, and at 6ft 6inches it was easy to see why he played in second-row position! And Dr Steve Ingham wowed the crowd, giving a passionate Keynote presentation on his life as Director of Science and Technical Development at the English Institute of Sport, and working with British athletes including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Next up, the University of Worcester, and an amazing selection of live coaching sessions including Worcester Wolves Basketball, West Bromwich Albion Football Club, Worcester Warriors Rugby Union, Worcestershire Cricket Club and Aussie Rules Football. There was also a practical session on becoming a better coach and the importance of body language, which could be used when coaching rugby. The Careers in Sport Seminars proved equally as popular, with presentations from various leading professionals in their sectors, including Tom Cresswell, GB Basketball, a winner of the prestigious Society of Sports Therapists Bruce Hobbs Travelling Scholarship, who delivered a fine presentation on Sports Therapy. Keynote for the day came from former Chief Executive of the English Colleges Football Association, Karl Lines. Karl spoke at length about his new role leading the FA’s work relating to 12-16 year olds, focusing on the opportunities for young people to stay in the game through development and volunteering.
We were greeted with a warm welcome at Leeds Beckett University, with an opening keynote presentation by Jane Powell, National Talent Development Manager, English Lacrosse Association. Jane holds level 4 coaching qualifications in both hockey and cricket and is regarded as one of England’s leading female coaches. There was also a busy Sports Zone, with demonstrations throughout the day including Powerhoop, Trailblazer Fitness, Boogie Bounce Army Fitness and Soccerise by Leeds United Foundation, not to mention a tour of the Sports Science Labs and the state-of-the-art facilities at Leeds Beckett. Keynote presentation was from Andy Kelly, Head of Youth & England Academy Head Coach, Huddersfield Giants, who inspired the audience with stories from his successful playing career.
Bucks New University provided the perfect setting for our next event. Kevin Campbell-Karn, Member of The Society of Sports Therapists, gave a super presentation on the profession of Sports Therapy, highlighting the different areas of work available to graduates. There was also an interesting presentation by Toby French, founder of careersinfootball.com, exploring and discussing the various career opportunities available in the sport, including coaching, media business and many more besides. Global VX and Teqball demonstrations proved popular with the audience, along with the shooting simulator provided by BASC. There were also busy demonstrations in the Fitness Zone from Dynamic Movement Skills, SOSA Dance Fitness, Powerhoop and Wild Training. Our keynote for the day was Tom Williams of Harlequin Rugby Football Club. In a career spanning over 14 years and 200 games for Harlequins, Tom’s insight into the inner workings of a professional rugby club and his story of the success he achieved and controversial lows he encountered proved to be captivating and inspiring.
Last stop for Careers in Sport LIVE took us to the great facilities at the University Of Lincoln. Aaron Hall, Macmillan Physical Activity Practitioner discussed his role in which he supports clients diagnosed with cancer to increase individual physical activity levels. There was also a fascinating presentation on what employers actually looked for when it came to employing coaches by Trust Manager Paul Hamnett from Lincoln City FC Sport & Education Trust. Senior Football Development Officer, Nottinghamshire FALeanne Woodheaddelivered a presentation that focused on what Football Development actually consists of, including advice on how to start your own sports development journey. University of Lincoln graduate Chris Turnerprovided a unique insight into his current position as Head Coach forTable Tennis England. There was also a fantastic selection of Sports Science workshops, along with Sports Sessions that included practical demonstrations from Aussie Rules Football, Tennis from the Lawn Tennis Association and Blind Football delivered by Lincolnshire FA.Dr Steve Ingham delivered the keynote presentation on the day, building on his previous presentation and answering questions on an illustrious career as the Director of Science and Technical Development at the English Institute of Sport.
We’re delighted that thousands of university and school children attended the Careers in Sport LIVE event over the past few months. We’d like to thank all our speakers and expo partners, plus of course the university hosts.
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"We are very proud to have hosted the recent Careers in Sport Conference at UCLan. It provided participants with the opportunity to better understand potential career options by having direct access to employers and ‘experts’ within the sector. The event benefitted a range of learners, our own students as well as those from Schools and Colleges, and provided opportunities to further their skills and qualifications and enhance their experience, excitingly many of which were overseas. The event was a great fit with the University’s curriculum themes: Employability and Enterprise and Global Citizenship and therefore we look forward to making this an annual event at UCLan."
Dr Adrian Ibbetson – Associate Dean of School and Academic Director of Sport