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University of Birmingham Sport has a dedicated team offering volunteering opportunities to get involved with during your time here. Volunteering is known to help with future employment, and our Extra Mile programme is the perfect way to get involved!

We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities that are tailored to suit our students’ busy timetables. These can range from school sport competitions, primary school sport festivals, Great Birmingham Run and many more!

These opportunities are available for all University of Birmingham students, regardless of sporting ability or course. Previous volunteers have helped with coaching, events, open days and also assisting the Jamaican Olympic Team while they trained for World Championships 2017. Find out more by reading about KingstunDan and Emily’s volunteering experiences on our Student News Page.

By joining the Extra Mile and recording volunteering hours, volunteers can receive:

  • A volunteer bag (1 hour)
  • A volunteer t-shirt (10 hours)
  • A chance to apply for a bursary worth up to £80 (30 hours)

To sign up and register your hours, click Register below.

If you have any questions or want to find out more information, please contact us.


Help Birmingham deliver world class sporting events at every level.

British Junior Squash : January 2020

The British Junior Open (BJO) is one of the most prestigious events on the junior squash calendar attracting the best young prospects from around the world.
The tournament will be held across four venues in January. It attracts more than 400 competitors, representing over 30 nations competing in ten age categories from the Under 11s to the Under 19s for both boys and girls. Register your interest here.


The Extra Mile Development Page will advertise and showcase development opportunities whether you are a coach, volunteer, official, or you are just looking to support your local club, we are here to help to provide further information and support.

Developing your coaching will mean going on a course to gain an additional coaching qualification or by attending one-off workshops or short courses. A massive range of courses are available locally to help you gain a new or next level of coaching award, or simply develop your skills and knowledge for coaching.

See below for a wide range of resources.

Empowering Coaching Workshops

This introductory workshop, delivered by a member of the Empowering CoachingTM team at the University of Birmingham, provides opportunities for coaches and individuals delivering sport sessions to understand the principles behind Empowering CoachingTM. Equipped with this knowledge, you will be challenged to re-evaluate common practices when coaching. You will have opportunity to interact with other workshop attendees to enhance your own existing motivational climate and to develop new strategies to help you create a more empowering environment in training and competition.



Accredited Advisor Assessment, FREE: This course is for anyone wishing to become a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Accredited Advisor. An Advisor plays an essential role in informing athletes and their athlete support personnel (ASP) about the values of clean sport and important anti-doping information.

Coach Clean, £15: All coaches, whether at the grass-roots or elite level of sport. Coach Clean is for coaches with no previous knowledge, to those who have worked in clean sport previously and will help clarify your own role in anti-doping and clean sport.


Personal Skills Award

The Personal Skills Award is the University of Birmingham’s exclusive employability programme for undergraduate students. Supported by a range of employers, the PSA enables you to develop professional skills and attributes in preparation for graduate employment. By completing the award you gain recognition for the opportunities you undertake outside of your studies, including sporting activities, part time work and involvement in student groups. The PSA also gives you the opportunity to complete an assessment where you will receive personalised feedback to help improve your confidence in articulating your skills to graduate recruiters.

To enrol on to the PSA and to find out more about how you can gain recognition for your sporting achievements, attend a PSA Induction Session in Autumn term.



Looking for funding? Sport Birmingham are here to help.

There is a wide range of funding opportunities for both individuals and organisations from small amounts of £100 for kit and equipment to up to £1,000,000 for capital builds.




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