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DMUsport Leadership & Volunteering Academy

 Interested in volunteering or leading in sport? 

As a DMU student, a great way of getting the most out of your University experience is volunteering through DMUsport's Leadership & Volunteering Academy. Our opportunities will provide you with the chance to have fun, meet new people, develop your skills and enhance your CV. There are a wide range of opportunities to get involved with and you certainly don't have to be great at sport, or have always played sport, to volunteer.

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 Benefits of volunteering with DMUsport

 There are a number of benefits of volunteering with DMUsport, not least in making a real difference to the wellbeing and university experience of your fellow students:

  • Increase your employability skills and help make your CV stand out
  • Meet new people and keep active
  • Support others to enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity
  • Opportunities to attend personal development Masterclasses and Workshops
  • Opportunities to access external training and qualifications in sport
  • Access to careers tools and advice
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • FREE DMUsport Volunteer Kit
  • FREE QEII Membership (*role specific)

DMUsport volunteering opportunities

DMUsport Activator

DMUsport Activators run fun, social, non-competitive weekly open sessions for students that collectively make up the DMUactive programme. As an Activator, you will facilitate sessions in your chosen sport alongside other Activators, welcoming students when they turn up, leading games and most importantly of all getting everyone involved. This is a fun and rewarding role; you will develop your own skills whilst helping other students to enjoy being physically and mentally active through sport at DMU.


Social League Activator

DMUsport Social League Activators assist with the coordination and officiating of DMU's social sport leagues (intra-mural sport) that take place on a weekly basis across the academic year. You can find out more about the leagues here. This is a great role to develop and add to your CV your organisational skills, leadership and communication. You will also be at the heart of social, fun competitive sport at DMU.


Committee members

Sports clubs at DMU are led by committees of student volunteers, passionate about both their sport and their club. Committee members manage the day to day operations of their club; coordinating competitive fixtures, social events, sorting finances, and making sure their members are safe, well and happy. A committee position is a fantastic role to have to shape the development and future of your sports club. Click here to see the full list of clubs we support. 


Wellbeing Support Volunteers

A Wellbeing Support volunteer's role is to act as a 'buddy' to other students, helping them with the confidence and support to become more physically active and feel happier and healthier at DMU. Your involvement might involve accompanying them to the gym or an exercise class, or even just going for a walk and a chat. This opportunity is a great way to meet new people and to make a real positive difference in their lives and student experience. Volunteers on this programme also recieve free QEII gym membership*.


Coach Parkers

Coach Parkers deliver group based exercise classes that take place in an outdoor setting, though indoors will be an option if the weather doesn't agree! Absolutely anyone can become a Coach Parker, you don’t have to have any previous experience of delivering activities. All you need is an interest and motivation to get more people physically active. This is a great role if you enjoy delivering physical activity and includes a free NGB Level 2 qualification to deliver outdoor physical activity!


Widening Participation Sport Volunteers

Our Widening Participation Sport Volunteers deliver sport and physical activity sessions to disadvantaged school pupils. This is a hugely valuable role in helping local school children to increase their aspirations and reach their potential. The role is very rewarding, fun to deliver and will help volunteers to develop a range of employability skills and experience.


DMUsport Sports Advisory Group

 The Sports Advisory Group (SAG) is an elected body of student volunteers that help to shape the student offer that DMUsport delivers. In this role you will vote on DMUsport decisions, represent the wider student voice, help shape the direction and future of DMUsport opportunities and be a central part of the DMUsport team. Students are elected annually, meaning you will be on the SAG for the duration of the current academic year. If you are interested in being a part of the SAG, please contact us



  Still unsure about applying? See what other students have to say about the programme:

  • What would you say to those that are interested in sports volunteering opportunities but aren’t sure whether to go for them?

"I would say just to go for it - it gives you a whole host of new skills and builds upon those you already have, which really sets you up in good stead for a future career involving leadership, whether that's in sports or not! It also looks great on the CV and provides you with useful contacts to network with." 

  • How has your involvement in volunteering with DMUsport helped you in your time at DMU?

"Volunteering as a swimming activator with DMUsport allowed me to meet many incredible people, widening my network, as well as giving me great friends that I'm still in touch with! The skills I learnt and the confidence I developed no doubt helped me to secure my current graduate role on The Civil Service faststream, whilst still fulfilling my passion for sport."