June 4, 2020, by Charlotte Gauja
#VolunteersWeek | A moment with student volunteer, Lana
In honour of #VolunteersWeek, we caught up with Lana, Volunteer Leader for Sport for Good Nottingham. Lana studies Humanities at the University of Nottingham and finds volunteering in her spare time a rewarding way to have fun!
Tell us more about the Sport for Good Programme
“Sport for Good Nottingham is a school-based programme. Volunteers from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, and Nottingham College go out into schools across Nottingham to deliver sessions that use sport to improve life skills of pupils. The sessions are aimed at Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils. You also get the opportunity to act as a mentor to someone who may have never considered going to University. As a mentor I shared advice and knowledge about my experiences in education. We also work on social action, where the children design their own projects to help their local community. It’s easy to become a volunteer and the team are really welcoming.”
What does each week volunteering on the programme look like?
“Each week has a different life skill focus including skills like teamwork, responsibility and resilience. There is a session plan provided, but you have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and run your own activities.”
Why do you enjoy volunteering alongside your degree?
“During a busy university schedule, you don’t get much time to distance yourself from work. This programme offered the perfect refreshment. It enables you to see beyond the “university bubble” and have a valuable part to play in boosting the social action around Nottingham.”
What will you take away from your experience volunteering with Sport for Good?
“Volunteering on the programme has given me a beneficial insight into working with children and has been rewarding. The sessions are a great way for both the children and the volunteers to blow off some steam, engaging with sport. By creating light-hearted activities I developed a bond with the children and developed skills I will use later on in life”.
We would like to say thank you to everyone who supported our programmes this academic year. To find out more about the volunteering opportunities within University of Nottingham Sport, please visit: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/leadership-academy/leadership-academy.aspx