Loughborough University Employability Award

Ooooh this certificate says I’m employable…..

But am I…

Well…

Yes, employ me…

Right, in all seriousness completing the Loughborough Employability award has opened my eyes to the skills and achievements that I have gained through my time at Loughborough University.

The award constitutes several sections of skill reflections, achievements and benefits of participating in activities, societies, work, sport and volunteering. Through completion of the award, I realised I had more skills than I originally thought, likewise, I developed so many more skills through reflecting on everything I have achieved this year! As Dewey (1933) claimed ” you do not learn from experience, you learn from reflecting on experience.”

I’ve worked part-time in the Union Shop from assistant to eventually supervising. The transition and leadership experience this provided was more than just the responsibility of locking up and telling people what to do. Being a supervisor gave me skills in team management, organisation, motivating a team, whilst increasing my own work ethic and understanding. The confidence it gave me, although scary at first, was truly remarkable. I found myself more confident in other activities feeling confident to take the lead, and allowing my voice to be heard.

Now, that’s just one example, this year I have worked tremendously hard to round off my final year at Loughborough (or so I thought until I’ve recently decided to stay and do my masters) the best year I possibly could by gaining as much experience as I possibly could. I am so proud of myself for doing so because it opened my eyes up to so many different positions. From being a peer mentor to being an Action project leader to social media consultancy, sports editor, lead editor, marketing lead and so much more!

The award has allowed me to think deeper about all of these experiences, whilst achieving a certificate for future employers to hopefully recognise and realise the effort I have put in to achieve my dreams. I have learnt mahoooosive amounts about myself and the different activities, so thank you Loughborough for the opportunities, now I’m staying on to do a masters, I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting involved some more!

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AU it’s been a BALL!

Excuse the pun! AU Ball was absolutely fantastic, from the decorations to the food! I can’t wait for my role on the AU Executive team next year as the Media Officer to start! I’ll be controlling all of the media, promoting all 56 clubs, ensuring all of our athletes are celebrated, all with my amazing sub-committee!

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Action Awards 2017

What an INSPIRATIONAL and INCREDIBLE night at the 2017 Loughborough University Action Awards.

This past year I have been the Kids Olympics Project Leader alongside the lovely Chirali! Together we organised four events at the local nursery, primary school, rugby club and at a community event running multi sport events to inspire children to be active. From planning projects to volunteer recruitment and running the events on the day, its been the most enjoyable experience ever!

I have learnt so much about myself, event management and leadership. Last year, apparently they only ran one project, so to go from one to four in a year leaves the next project leaders with some great progress and improvements that can be continually made.

The awards night was the most fantastic way to end my time the Kids Olympic Project Leader, being shortlisted for 4 awards,  what a surprise, and secondly what a honor!

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Thank you UNiDAYS

A little post to appreciate the generosity of such an incredible organisation! Sometimes you don’t realise the extent that companies are willing to go above and beyond to help others. Especially, when it comes to charity. Having such a big fundraising target can sometimes be quite difficult. £1500 may not seem a lot to some of you, but to me it has been an absolute challenge to do whilst also fundraising for my Challenges Abroad India trip.
So here’s a shout out to UNiDAYS, not only do they do amazing student discounts at an incredible amount of retailers, they are also going to be donating to my Volunteer Zambia fundraising page!
So, if you are a student and haven’t got a UNiDAYS,account, firstly, where have you been? And secondly, click the link… NOW! To access hundreds of discounts! From Fashion, beauty, lifestyle and fitness, to food and finally, technology, YOU can gain some incredible discounts at your favorite brands.
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Or, if you want to donate to my fundraising, you can find my page here; https://give.everydayhero.com/…/volunteer-zambia-sport-hann…

Coach and Volunteer Academy Awards 2017

What a night! Not only did the Volunteer Zambia fundraising group make £200 on the raffle, photo booth and heads or tails game, I was also part of the Midlands Conference Cup team, who won Team of The Year, at this years CVA awards night!

The CVA is an incredible part of Loughborough Sport which allows students to volunteer and log their hours, across a range of strands; marketing and communications, events, coaching, officiating, gym, health and fitness, facility operations, sport science, and of course Volunteer Zambia!

The CVA has made my final undergraduate year absolutely incredible and I honestly could not have developed my media, marketing, communications, organisation, leadership or confidence in a better way! I logged over 200 hours despite the demands of a dissertation, my course, football and several other commitments!

Being part of the Midlands Conference Cup Senior Leadership team as the Senior Media Lead provided me with the greatest sense of independence and confidence. This role was pivotal in illustrating to me that media and marketing is definitely the direction I want to take in life. Furthermore, it showed me how I can lead, manage and work under pressure. We came up with a whole new brand, we only had one month to plan, promote and establish ourselves. On the day we had 25 fixtures to cover, safe to say that was a challenge in itself, but we did it! And I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this incredible team and the recognition we have received by winning this award!

p.s. If you’re a Loughborough student, you can find more information about the CVA here; http://loughboroughsport.com/cva

Zambia 50 for 50 Challenge

So, as the fundraising challenge keeps on going my £1500 fundraising appears minimal in comparison to the feat that GB Gold Medalist Adam Peaty and Head Coach Mel Marshall are facing. 50 hours of sport in just 5 days to raise £50,000…. INCREDIBLE!

Joining them, Gareth Southgate the current England Football Manager helped to launch the campaign at Loughborough, a couple of weeks ago. The launch video can be seen below;

“The campaign seeks to create sporting opportunities for some of Africa’s poorest children. Mel Marshall, who is a patron for the Perfect Day Foundation, the charity who support the initiative, will lead a group heading to Zambia in August with the aim of raising £50,000 for 50 hours of sport. With the support of Peaty and his fellow athletes the team will undertake 10 hours of sport per day for five days at five different locations in Lusaka and the surrounding communities. They will be joined by 100’s of young Zambians from four of the most deprived communities in Lusaka, where poverty, HIV, domestic and gender based violence, teenage pregnancy and homelessness are rife.”

Full details: http://www.theperfectdayfoundation.org/

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(Loughborough Volunteer Zambia group 2017, the whole team except me, as at this point I was still slaving away at my dissertation, absolutely devastated to miss the opportunity to meet these incredible athletes and fellow fundraisers!)