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Workforce Best Practice

There are a number of universities running successful programmes, aimed at developing student opportunities to enhance skills across a wider variety of workforce programmes. This page aims to bring you some examples from the sector and guidance from professional bodies with expertise in coaching, volunteering and officiating. 

New case study examples will be added throughout the year. If you have an example of a successful project or initiative that you would like to promote or there is a particular case study you are interested in hearing about please email Amy Seaman, BUCS Sport Development Manager. 


  Type of Best Practice Summary of project

 Hull Workforce Case Study
University of Hull - 

Creating a
campus sport workforce
A major aim of the programme was to produce a sustainable and skilled workforce that could be deployed to deliver student sport on campus and also out in the community. Students at Hull have already logged over 590 voluntary hours in the campus sport workforce. 

 Leeds Beckett Sports Volunteering Programme

Leeds Beckett University  - 

Sports Volunteering Programme

Watch a video of the programme in action here

 The programme aims to increase student employability by giving students that all-important experience and personal development they require for their career through engaging with local schools, clubs and organisations in a volunteering capacity.  

 UNIversal Sport Gloucestershire
 University of Gloucestershire -

UNIversal Sport Workforce Development
The university developed an appropriate student workforce of coaches, activators, volunteers and leaders to support the recreational sporting offer. UNIversal Sport HE Voluntary Officers have provided over 1000 voluntary and placement hours since 2011.

Lancaster University - Referee Hub 
 Lancaster University -

Developing Pathways for Officials in HE sport

A student perspective on methods to increase the number of football officials, using a referees society to recruit new officials and gain status as a BUCS Referee Hub. In two years the number of officials grew from six to 53.   





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