The University of Exeter Sport offers students the opportunity to excel in sport in a way that suits them best. Our Exeter Extra programme encompasses a variety of different opportunites, qualificaitons and experiences to continue development in and around sport that isn't focused on only competitive university sport.
The three key areas of the programme cover playing opportunities, volunteering opportunities and continued professional development, each offering transferable skills that make an individual more employable.
Read more below to find out what opportunities we offer.
The University of Exeter Sport through our fifty Sports Clubs and key partners, offer students the opportunity to play above and beyond University competition. Partnerships with clubs such as ISCA (women's hockey), allow students to play in national league competition, ensuring opportunities to develop skills on a regular basis.
If you would like to find out more about our playing opportunites regionally and nationally, please get in contact by completing our expression of interest form.
Pitch Up and Play are weekly sports sessions that offer non-competitive opportunities to play sports, with no commitment. Each session has a student activator at to welcome you in, answer any questions you have and help you get involved. On top of this, they are a great way to try something totally different and meet new people!
Some sports you could expect to play are:
- Touch Rugby
- Ultimate Frisbee
Each of our fifty sports clubs are ran by the students themselves, with the help of the Athletic Union. This offers our students the opportnuity to help shape the development, direction and successes of their club. With positions such as Captain, Treasurer and Wellbeing Officer available, students build their transferable and employability skills across their time as a club committee member. Students can apply to these roles at their club's AGM at the end of each academic year and then are offered comprehensive committee training workshops to ensure they have the skillset to develop their club.
If you wanted to take this a step further and have a wider impact in your time here, student's can apply to become a member of the AU Executive - the student body that develops the direction of Athletic Union sport at the University.
To find out more information on our club committee and AU Exec opportunities, please contact our Sports Development Manager.
The Exeter Award is an employability achievement award run centrally by the university Career Zone to support students in enhancing their employability skills and professional experiences - ultimately making you more employable for when you finish your academic studies! The award requires students to complete a number of activites, including a breatdh of volunteering hours.
Sport offers students a variety of experiences that contribute to the award's final requirements:
- Sport Science students can complete internships with the performance programme Strength & Conditioning services as well as a Performance Analysist for one of our Performance Sports
- Club Committee & AU Exec members can submit hours as volunteering towards the award
Furthermore, students have the opportunity to receive funding towards coaching qualificaitons based on volunteering completed.
We would strongly recommend students fulfill the Exeter Award. To find out more, please contact the Career Zone directly.
Continued Professional Development
Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme
The University runs the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme, offering students paid employment by supporting events and activites throughout the year, sharing their experiences to prospective students. Students employed through the scheme have the choice to opt in and out of different events, meaning employment can be flexible around their academics. On top of this, hours worked also go towards the Exeter Award scheme.
Our I Am Sport programme offers students the opportunity to play in a host of sports and league's however, these couldn't be ran without our Intramural Officers. These voluntary roles coordinate the delivery and facilitation of our leagues and are a point of contact for teams and students to raise questions. They work directly with our Sport Participation Officer to ensure their successful running year in, year out.
If you are interested in being an Intramural Officer, contact our Sport Participation Officer.
BUCS Student Leadership Programme
The BUCS Student Leadership Programme was designed to support the development of future leaders in areas such as teamwork, resilience, problem-solving and innovative thinking. Each member is assigned a mentor from the University who offers guidance and support when putting their skills into practice. For more information, please head to the BUCS website.
Active Together Ambassadors
Coming Sept. 2021
National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification
Back for April 2022, you can earn a NPLQ at our indoor pool on St Luke's campus, University of Exeter, Heavitree rd, EX1 2LU.
The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK every year, and there are currently more than 80,000 pool lifeguards qualified in the NPLQ – 95% of all UK pool lifeguards. Once completed, there is the possibility of casual work off the back of the course.
When: Monday 18th - Friday 22nd April, 9am-5pm
Course cost: £240
How to book: Booking through St Luke's reception (01392 724940) or online here.
With a number of the largest training facilities in the region on our campuses, we deliver regular coaching qualfications across a number of sports, along with first aid courses. Sport we regularly offer qualifcations in are Tennis, Swimming as well as Basketball and Volleyball. You can find further information on our LTA Coach Accreditation Centre page or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once qualified, there are ample opportunity to turn this qualification into a paid job. With an LTA Junior Tennis programme based at the University, a Swim School as well as fifty sports clubs, you can look to put your new qualification into use and earn yourself some money whilst studying at University.
Coach Parker Programme
Coach Parker Programme This new programme to train students to deliver physical activity sessions in outdoor spaces for fellow students and/or community members, The programme aims to increase opportunities for student led physical activity across campuses. Expressions of interest will be invited from members to become delivery centres for the programme, with a target 250 ‘Coach Parkers’ qualified in Term One of the 2021-22 academic year. If you would like to find out more about the Coach Parker Programme, contact our Sports Development Manager.
Referee & Umpire Scholarship
The University of Exeter Sport is dedicated to supporting athletes who show excellence within their sport, and this extends to referee's and umpires. If you show excellence of officiating at the highest level, there may be support available for you. Contact our Performance Team for more information.
AU Club Members
Many of our fifty sports clubs compete week in, week out in BUCS, regional and national leagues, meaning the demand for officials is always high. Many of our clubs support their members in attaining qualifications in officiating and umpiring. Furthermore, we offer several part-time paid roles as referees or umpires within our Intramural programme. We also offer the opportunity to gain officiating qualifications in return for volunteering hours in our Intramural Programme. To register your interest in Intramural officating, please contact our Sport Participation Officer, or, for more inofrmation about our clubs, please contact our Sports Development Manager.
Through our Athletic Union and Performance Sport team, we deliver workshops each year that aim to help our student's develop their understanding across a variety of subjects. Workshops have included:
- Mental Health in Sport
- Sports Nutrition
- Sport Psychology
- Student Minds
- EDI - Active Together
- Eating Disorders
We have partnered with organisations such as Student Minds, The True Athlete Project and Add-Victor to ensure our students and athletes recieve the best training and education possible.