Career Mode is a chance for young people to ‘take control of their own journey‘. The project aims to stand up for young people, give them a voice and allow them to shape the future of their generation. There are difficult times ahead for young people; the project has thus evolved and adapted since lockdown. Never has there been a greater need to link those that want to do more with those who can provide the opportunities. 

To community sport, Career Mode is the tool for clubs and organisations to recruit and retain young volunteers.This could mean finding a new workforce full of new ideas. It could also really help retain existing young volunteers at the club, who are able to access wrap-around support, incentives and training. Either way more young people involved benefits everyone.

To young people, Career Mode is a platform for a better future. The project is exclusively for individuals full of potential and motivated to do more for themselves and their community. We are scouting for young people interested in volunteering (in any capacity or sport) as well as those already doing so. Career Mode will facilitate your personal development, provide you with lots of enjoyable experiences and challenge you to reach your potential. Those that enter Career Mode are role models and will inspire other young people to be more active.

10 Career Mode Academies in Herts

Drop-in for participants (weekly or monthly)

14-21 year olds

Volunteering in sport

Points system for volunteering

Rewards for points scored

Training and qualifications

Led by Career Mode Agents

Access to voluntary opportunities

Support to achieve your goals

Each Academy will look different and run in accordance to what that group wants the session to be. There will always be an Agent leading the session. There will always be opportunities presented for volunteering in the area. There will always be a chance to reflect on your own volunteering experiences and planning future activities.

Intermediate = 5 points
⚡️Bring 1 friend along (multiplies)
⚡️Social media promotion (personal)
⚡️Social media workout post
⚡️Social media role model post
⚡️Attend weekly Career Mode academy
⚡️PAD (plan, activate, develop) log
⚡️Complete an evaluation form
⚡️Goal setting

Professional = 10 points
⚡️Networking: attend an event
⚡️Meeting
⚡️Public speaking (any form)
⚡️Admin (any form)
⚡️Refereeing
⚡️Assistant coaching
⚡️Event setup (small event)
⚡️Maintenance (any form)
⚡️Achieve 1 of your goals

Master = 15 points
⚡️Training or qualification
⚡️Personal training (any form)
⚡️Fitness instructing (any form)
⚡️Lead coaching
⚡️Fundraising: up to 45 pts
⚡️Mentoring
⚡️Club/Session promotion
⚡️Receiving positive feedback
⚡️Attend monthly Career Mode academy

Rewards up for grabs?

  1. Branded Clothing
  2. Emergency Aid qualifications
  3. Safeguarding qualifications
  4. Sports Leadership
  5. StreetGames Activator Workshops
  6. UK Coaching membership
  7. NGB Level 1 & 2
  8. Fitness Instructing
  9. Personal Training
  10. More to come…

Career Mode is currently open for nominations:

  • If you know an individual that you wish to nominate…
  • If you would like to nominate yourself…
  • If you are a club looking to support one of your own volunteers…
  • If you are an organisation that would like to get involved…
  • If you have opportunities for young volunteers…

Josh Spavins
E: j.spavins@herts.ac.uk
T: 07592 943831

Young people have been involved in the design and direction of the project. Everything you see, has been produced by young people and selected by others.