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Employability & Professional Development

Working alongside university academic staff, the employment team and our network of community partners UELSports provide an exciting pathway for students to develop professionally through the sports industry, inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.
  • 500+

    Student sports opportunities each year 

  • 20,000+

    Annual hours of sports student volunteering in the community

  • 100+

    Community Partners

A Professional Development Pathway

Working alongside our academic staff, the employment team (CfSS) and a network of community partners, UELSports provide an exciting pathway for our students to development professionally within the sports industry, inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.

Read the UELSports Workforce Activity Report for 2018-2019.

Experiential learning is vital to graduate employability and developing industry leaders. To support our students we annually host and facilitate over 120 voluntary sport sector placement opportunities for UEL students, both within the University and our local community partners.

UEL students can apply for placement roles on the UEL Employment Hub.

Sports Reps
Do you have a passion for using physical activity and sports in a fun, social setting? If yes, then why not apply to join our sports rep team, to help lead our free participation sports programme. 
For more information and to apply for the role, please email

Sports Club Committees
There are various opportunities to volunteer with each of UEL's Sports Clubs, from becoming a Club Chairman, Secretary, Marketing Officer and many more roles.

Each role will give you experience to add to your CV, have an insight into how clubs run, allow you to create new friendships and make your time in UEL unforgettable. Interested? Contact UELSports or our sports clubs today.

Each year we host a series of workshops, NGB qualifications and events available to UEL students, staff and the wider public.

Qualifications and Major Sports Events at UEL SportsDock.
UELSports annually host countless corporate and major sporting events. We also deliver and host qualifications that students and staff can attend, such as REPS Level 2 Gym Instructor, REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning, alongside additional NGB coaching and officiating qualifications.

UEL Sports Careers LinkedIn Group is the main place we share sports sector opportunities, best practice, careers guidance and research with UEL students, staff and alumni.

The group is accessible by invitation only. Follow the guidance or email to receive your invite.

Our local community and national partners are incredibly important to all that we do at UELSports. There are multiple options for collaborating with us. For more information, please contact:

Host UEL students on a 3-12 month placement:
Host one or more UEL students on a voluntary or paid sports placement to support your organisation, and provide an invaluable development opportunity for the individual.

UELSports School Events:
We host multiple sports events each year. This can include practical activity sessions, elite athlete Q&A, spectating a university national sports fixture, workshops and more.
Complete our expression of interest form, to find out more.

Partner Networking:
Multiple opportunities and events for our partners to network with a range of organisations, alumni and current students.

Research Projects
Is there a specific area of research, which would enhance your organisation? Contact us and we can discuss the possibility of facilitating this, using UEL students, staff and facility access.

Find out more