Sport and employability: the perfect team

Are you a Student Leader, volunteer or coach in one of Bristol SU’s Sporting groups and societies? 

According to Public Health England, students “with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically” So not only does being part of a sporting group or society increase those endorphins, connect you with people and develop valuable skills, it can help you succeed! This topic is brilliantly explored in the recent Wonkhe blog: “Demonstrating the link between sports and student success 


One way you can prepare yourself for success is by taking part in the Bristol PLUS Award. Student Leader roles are perfect for the Intensive Skills Activity element of it, so you can get further rewarded for all the hard work you’re already doing.  

We chatted to Amy BrookBristol SU’s current Sport & Student Development Officer, and she told us why she thinks taking part in the PLUS award is so valuable for Student Leaders, Coaches and Volunteers: 

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“Along with having the individual skills and abilities acquired within your role, it looks fantastic on a CV to have achieved the Bristol PLUS Award and completed the other necessary criteria. 

 The Bristol PLUS Award is not only an opportunity to challenge yourself more, but also to receive recognition for work you’re already doing. By doing the PLUS Award, the effort and hours that are put into things like running a sports club can be recognised in a way that is digestible to employers. 

 As a student leader you often already have the skills necessary to complete the PLUS award, such as leadership, teamwork, time management and organisation. As well as the things that you will already be doing, the Bristol PLUS Award encourages you to do other beneficial activities that will enhance things like effective communication skills. 

Sport intensive skills activities cover a number of things, from any committee position, being a sport activator, taking part in Game Changers, as well as activities such as receiving an officiating qualification.” 

Remember past and present activity can count for the PLUS Award, so if you have done any of the roles Amy mentions above or anything similar during your time as a student on your current course, it can be rewarded through the PLUS Award! 


Visit the SU’s Sports, Clubs and Societies pages or the Sports Leadership and Volunteering section of the University website to find out how you can get involved.

Visit the Bristol PLUS Award webpages for more information.