Sport and Activity Workforce

Providing high-quality, real-world learning experiences for students who are passionate about pursuing a career in sport.

Our programme provides current students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and develop skills for later employment.

Whilst working with us, you will have access to expert knowledge and support from industry professionals based here at the University of Derby. You will be supervised by a member of the staff team, and work closely with other professional staff, athletes and students for the duration of your role.


Our programme offers you the following benefits:

Our opportunities

Gain applied experience in performance sport, helping to deliver support services to our Sports Scholars and Performance and Development teams.

  • Strength and Conditioning – supporting the strength and conditioning team in the coaching of athletes to develop movement quality
  • Performance Analysis – leading in the capture and analysis of match video footage for selected teams and individuals
  • Sport Psychology – assisting the delivery of psychology support to the performance athletes through workshops and team sessions


To be considered for the above roles you will need to be studying on a relevant undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme (e.g. Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Psychology, etc) and have either completed or be in the process of completing a related study module.

Gain applied experience in sports development and participation, helping deliver our Sport and Activity programme.

  • Sports Activators - planning and leading our social sport sessions for our student and staff community
  • Umpires and Referees - officiating at our campus (intra-mural) leagues, halls sport events, one-off tournaments and competitions
  • Social League Activators - assisting the organisation, administration and on-the-day delivery of our weekly sports leagues
  • Moves Assistant (Challenges) - helping create a calendar of challenges and events to increase our user engagement and interaction on the Moves+ app
  • Event Volunteers - we are looking to establish a bank of volunteers to support our one-off events


To be considered for a sports activator role, you will need relevant experience in leading one or more sports activities for participants of different ability levels and user groups.

To be considered for an umpiring or refereeing role, you will need to have a relevant National Governing Body qualification (e.g., FA Referee - Level 7, Netball Umpire C-Award) or be able to demonstrate significant experience in officiating the adult game.

To become an event volunteer, it is recommended that you are studying for a degree in Sports ManagementEvent Management or similar.

Gain real-world experience, helping showcase sport and physical activity at the University of Derby.

  • Photographer – capturing quality images of sport and physical activity to be used for a variety of marketing needs
  • Sports Journalist – creating engaging content to be used across multiple channels (reports, news articles, vlogs, blogs)


To be considered for the photographer role you will need to be studying in a relevant degree programme such as Photography or MA Arts (photography pathway).

To be considered for a Sports Journalist role, you will need to be studying in a relevant undergraduate programme such as Specialist Sports JournalismFootball Journalism or Journalism

Get involved

Our next recruitment drive will be for opportunities commencing in September 2022

If you are interested in working with us in the academic year 2022-2023 please register your interest through the form below and we will be in contact with you at a later date.

Other opportunities are available through the Careers and Employment Service (log-in required).

For any other enquiries, please email

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Work placement student reading exercise programme document

My internship was extremely beneficial, giving me valuable practical experience which supplemented my academic learning. It gave me a great boost in confidence, enabling me to create training programmes and work with a range of athletes.

Rebecca Millard
Strength & Conditioning intern