School of Sport & Exercise Science

Developing A Fitness Mentor Scheme for Lincolnshire Police

January 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Graduates, Staff

The School has partnered with Lincolnshire Police to develop an innovative project that will support the wellbeing of their staff through the introduction of fitness mentors. Dr Hannah Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health, has been instrumental in the development of the scheme and will be providing ongoing support. She said, “It is fantastic to see Lincolnshire Police putting the wellbeing of their staff at the forefront of their thinking. The physical and mental health of a work force is so important and the introduction of the fitness mentors demonstrates the commitment Lincolnshire Police are making to improve the wellbeing of their staff.”

“It has been an exciting opportunity to develop further partnerships between the University and the Police and by using researchers like myself, we can help to create real impact.”

Support for the mentors is also being provided by YMCA Lincolnshire and their Head of Teaching, Trevor Mealing, who graduated from the School’s BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science programme. The YMCA will be delivering a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course for the mentors. Trevor said, “It’s an honour to work with an organisation taking such a proactive stance in not just the physical, but also the mental wellbeing of staff. It will be hugely rewarding to see the impact within the Force and within the community.”

Hannah (extreme right) and Trevor (fifth from right) at the scheme’s launch.

Congratulations to Hannah and Trevor, and we look forward to hearing how the scheme progresses. Full details can be found on the Lincolnshire Police website.


The School’s Use of Blog Sites for Student Development Showcased

January 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Staff, Students, Support Projects

The Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching (LALT) has showcased a project run by Kirsty Bundy, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, as an example of innovative pedagogical practice shared via the LALT blog. Kirsty’s students update individual blog sites that cover all their teaching-related modules, facilitating regular reflection on their learning and the development of their teaching practice. Additionally, the blog contents help inform Kirsty’s support of the students through the personal tutoring system.

Full details of the project – which uses the WordPress platform – can be found on the LALT Blog.


The School’s Graduates Forging Successful Careers in Football

January 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Two of the School’s graduates have recently received news coverage for their fantastic football-related work. Emily Hill (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching, MSc by Research in Sport & Physical Education) is a UEFA B Licence Coach and Coaching & PE Lecturer at UCFB Wembley, and she was interviewed by Kick It Out for their Women Working in Football series. Emily discussed how her passion for the game led has led – via Lincoln – to career projects at both the professional and grass-roots levels.

Emily Hill is a UEFA B Coach and Lecturer at UCFB Wembley. [Photo:] 

Callum Lester (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching) has progressed through grass-roots coaching in the Grimsby area to become Professional Development Phase Coach at Grimsby Town FC’s Academy, and secured funding from the prestigious Erasmus+ programme to spend time at four Spanish clubs, including three from La Liga. In an interview with The Grimsby Telegraph, Callum talked about the opportunities for discussion of player development that the visits presented.

Callum Lester has worked in a number of roles at Grimsby Town’s Academy. [Photos: Grimsby Telegraph] 

These stories prompted the School’s staff to start to compile a list of our graduates who we know have embarked on careers in football. We are very proud of all of them, as we are of the numerous current students and graduates who make regular contributions to the sport as volunteers in many different ways. The list is certainly far from complete, so please let us know about any additions/correction that are needed (and apologies for the original omissions!). If you are working in other sports/industries please also let us know what you are currently up to – we’d love to hear from you (and have formed a LinkedIn group for all our graduates).

School of Sport & Exercise Science graduates working in football (in no particular order):

Jake Kemp (@jkempy91)
FA Grassroots Delivery Coordinator & Youth Football Coach

Dave Fox
Football Development Manager, Lincoln City FC SET

Sophie Bartup (@SophieLFA)
Football Development Officer, Lincolnshire FA

Michelle Marshall (@LfaMichelle)
Football Development Officer (Disability), Lincolnshire FA

Linzi Hewitt (@LinziLFA)
Head of Football Development, Lincolnshire FA

Leanne Woodhead (@leanne_woodhead)
Senior Football Development Officer, Nottinghamshire FA

Adam Housley (@adam_housley1)
First Team Opposition Analyst, Huddersfield Town AFC

Nick Benett (@NBanalystTHFC)
Analyst, Tottenham Hotspur FC

Calum Johnson
Assistant First Team Analyst, Tottenham Hotspur FC

Callum Lester (@callumrlester)
Professional Development Phase Coach, Grimsby Town FC

Ritchie Bates (@batesritchie)
Commercial Director, Lincoln City FC

Melissa Poole (@melissaaapoole)
VIP Hostess, Lincoln City FC

Emily Hill (@emhill_88)
UCFB Lecturer, FA Coach Mentor, UEFA B Licence Coach

Luke Cooper
Lead Academy Sport Scientist, Sheffield Wednesday FC

Harry Jamieson (@HarryJamieson_)
Head Performance Analyst, Scunthorpe United FC

Mark O’Leary (@moleary88)
Lead Youth Development Phase Coach, Lincoln City FC

Kieran Walker (@KieranWalker95)
Sport massage therapist and sport scientist, Lincoln City FC

Marc Roberts (@Robbo_4)
Professional footballer, Birmingham City FC

Stephen Collins
Academy Assistant Football Analyst, Arsenal FC

Sophie Barker (@sophbarker)
Professional footballer, Doncaster Rovers Belles & UEFA B Coach

Toby Ellis (@iCoach4Sport)
Statistician, Lincoln City FC

Matt Page (@iCoach4Sport)
Statistician, Lincoln City FC

Matt Dye (@matt_dye)
Foundation Phase Lead Coach, Peterborough United FC

Jade Elson (@JadeyE91)
Assistant Football Development Officer (Participation),
Sheffield & Hallamshire FA.

Pete Allison (@PeteAllison)
Disability Football Development Officer, East Riding FA

Tom Weal (@wealy23)
Academy Goalkeeping Coach, Nottingham Forest FC

Paul Harsley (@paulhars)
U23 Coach, Barnsley FC



Student Spotlight: LTSA School Internship Programme

August 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Students

Melissa Mamwell and Hayley Kirk (Sports Development & Coaching, Year 2) were recently selected to complete a two week school-based internship at a local school as part of the Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Alliance (LTSA). This was a fantastic opportunity for anyone seeking a career in teaching. In this short Q&A they tell us all about their experiences.

Q: How did you get your internship position?

Hayley & Melissa: As part of the Lincoln Award scheme, an email was sent out advertising an opportunity for a two-week internship for teacher training which could be based in a secondary or primary school environment. We had apply via email with a CV and a covering letter which detailed why you should be a successful candidate and note what experience you have. We then had to attend an interview and complete group tasks, after which we were selected to join the internship programme.

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Q: What were you doing during your internship?

Melissa: The roles that I took on through the internship were, in charge of a group and working through different topics in lessons with them, helping and supporting the children. I also observed in both KS1 and KS2, specifically looking at the lesson structure and behaviour management. Throughout the second week I contributed to the lesson, conducting a starter task and working with an SEN [Special Educational Needs] child and supporting smalls groups of children who struggled with English. We were required to do group work, a starter and a plenary; however these were optional depending on how confident you felt planning and delivering parts of lessons.

Q: What skills have you been able to develop as part of this experience?

Hayley: My organisation skills have been developed throughout my internship. I was asked if I wanted to take any lessons so I decided to take it upon myself my delivering four English lessons based upon a sporting topic. This meant that I had to be organised with making sure that all my resources were ready on time and that I submitted a lesson plan to the teacher beforehand for her to read and agree that it was okay. Also completing my internship has improved my communication as I was working with year 2 students (aged between 6 and 7 years old), meaning that I had to alter the way I spoke depending on the student, especially as there were children of mixed ability and at different stages of development.

Q: What challenges did you face?

Melissa: The main challenges I faced was when working with a SEN student who had English as a second language; he had only been in the school two weeks. He knew very little English so I worked on a one to one basis to help him develop his English skills from reception/year 1 level and slowly trying to build it up. This was learning new words and developing his understanding of words. This was a challenge because the student spoke very little English and with their SEN needs they got bored and distracted easily, so trying to keep them on task was difficult. However, I gave him targets and goals to reach so after completing the task they could have a few minutes of something they enjoyed and then back to them work again. This kept the student engaged and help the learning process.

Q: What would you say are some of your key achievements?

Hayley: A highlight of the internship for me was being offered a place to be a student teacher once I graduate, starting September 2018. This means that I would be able to complete the School Centred ITT programme within this school. This is a massive achievement for me as it means all the time I’ve put into volunteering and into my degree has been worth it and I will have been rewarded in the end with completing my teaching degree. I can’t wait to see what the future brings!!! Being able to deliver lessons on the internship has been an achievement for me as I would never at the start imagined I would be able to get involved as much as I have, and seeing the students within just two weeks improve and develop has been amazing, it’s been incredible.

Q: Sum up your experience in three words for us.

Melissa: Challenging yet rewarding

Hayley: Incredible, amazing, enjoyable.


Student Spotlight: FA University Football Activators

July 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Students

Alongside their undergraduate studies Lauren Comery-Lang and Daniel Sheehan (Sport Development & Coaching, Year 2) have been working as FA Football Activators at the University of Lincoln. This is an excellent experience for students who want to pursue a career in Sport Development. In this short Q&A they tell us all about their experiences.

Q: How did you get your current role and how long have you been in post?

Daniel: During my first year at University, I heard about two members of Lincolnshire FA coming into speak at the beginning of a second year lecture. As first years, we were invited to attend. I got the position by applying via email, detailing why I feel as though the role would be good for my development and the passion I have for football. Fortunately I was lucky enough to be asked to meet up for what I believed to be an interview, but was offered the role as soon as we begun chatting.

Lauren: I got involved in the programme through seeing a notice on the sports centre screen in the reception with the position advertised. I applied and went through an interview process where I had to deliver a 10 minute presentation about what I could bring to the role and the things I would like to implement. I’ve currently been in post for a year but it looks like I’m continuing for next year as I plan to launch a FE/HE football education development hub which I have created to bridge the gap between completing courses and progressing into the community. This is due to launch in fresher’s week.

FA activators

Q: Can you describe your role?

Daniel: My role is the University of Lincoln Football Activator for participation, as which I am required to engage with the university community to organise football opportunities and engage with the students to promote footballing activities. As well as the playing opportunities I have been a part of, I have attended events such as the fresher’s sports fayre to promote opportunities such as coaching, refereeing and voluntary positions. This year, the FA’s aim is to double female participation. Therefore my involvement has been heavily based around women’s sport.

Lauren: I am responsible for the workforce aspect which includes setting up and organising courses, volunteer opportunities and ultimately trying to get people into football. I do more the administration side whereas Dan is involved in participation and is responsible for ‘Just Play’ and other participation initiatives.

Q: What skills have you been able to develop as part of this?

Daniel: My developed skills have ranged from organisation to communication. Being able to show the confidence to deliver football at the university and stand up in front of others. I believe this role has massively helped me academically, as I now have the confidence to communicate effectively with group work and have learnt how to channel my anxiety. The role has brought out my passion for sport, specifically football and has kept me motivated with my academic studies as well. I have learnt to reflect on everything I do and value the importance of reflection as usually I would shy away from a challenge if something went wrong. But now I believe I can efficiently problem solve and challenge myself.

Lauren: Within this role, I have been able to develop communication, my confidence and overall ability to apply things I have learnt on my degree and apply that to practical settings within the work place.

Q: Describe some of your key achievements.

Daniel: Hosting two social football tournaments this year as well as seeing numbers of Just Play hitting up to 70 students at one session. Organising and facilitating a charity fundraiser with the support of women’s football and women’s rugby societies. Becoming part of the Lincolnshire FA student management team. To further develop my team work and work within the community.

Lauren: I think a key highlight for me was getting to go down to Wembley stadium on a conference day and getting to connect with other institutions and create those links which I wouldn’t have been able to without this position. So many opportunities have come from it: I work with the disability development officer on Just Play sessions and league days which I plan to do my dissertation on, I’ve become part of the student management team for Lincolnshire FA with so many events and festivals to plan it is crazy but I love it.

Q: What do you think you have learnt throughout this experience?

Daniel: I have learnt how to cope with stressful situations as well as the importance of having detailed plans. Being able to adapt in different situations is an invaluable experience, as it tests my ability to think on my feet. I have been fortunate enough to have been selected to attend St. George’s Park Leadership Academy. It has taught me the value of reflection, team work, and interpersonal skills. As well as being a fantastic learning opportunity through workshops around leadership and how to develop football back at the university.

Lauren: I’ve learnt so much from this role and it’s made me realise that development is a potential career for me.

Q: Can you sum up your experience in three words?

Daniel: Invaluable, incredible, rewarding.

Lauren: If I had to sum up the experience in 3 words, it would be extremely difficult. I’ve gained so much from this role and the opportunities keep coming. So 3 words! I would say, brilliant worthwhile experience.