The Herts Sports Partnership recruited and supported 11 University of Hertfordshire students onto it’s UH Community Sport Ambassador programme in 2020/21. A new venture, but one that has proven successful in a short space of time. The goal was to help students at a difficult time for young people, whilst looking ahead at how HSP could help shape the future of the sports sector. Our Ambassadors come from different courses, levels of study and personal backgrounds.

With Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns, we have not been able to provide on the ground community development work as much as planned, however each Ambassador has been linked with a Project Officer from HSP throughout the year and contributed to the work we are doing in 10 of Hertfordshire’s most deprived wards. The students have been able to add valuable work experience to their education as well as networking with partners across the county. Our commitment to support the Ambassadors has included the opportunity to gain training and qualifications, relevant to their future ambitions. These qualifications range from ‘Safeguarding Children in Sport’ to ‘Managing Challenging Behaviours’ and ‘Understanding Young People from Low Socio-Economic Groups’ to ‘Strength and Conditioning’.

As the programme concludes for this year, we say ‘thanks and good luck’ to our third year student Ambassadors; we’ll be supporting them as they start applying for jobs in the sector. Some have been successful already and we look forward to working with them again. Others are progressing from their work experience on Fit, Fed & Read, to paid roles leading the holiday camps in the summer.

In the 2021/22 year, we will be recruiting and supporting another group of University students onto the programme. We remain focused on proactively addressing the diversity of our own workforce and supporting students towards future roles at the organisations or with partners. How to apply for next year, will be announced in due course.