Student Sports Activators

Student Sport Activators are an enthusiastic group of volunteers helping to run sport sessions for students, by students at Sheffield Hallam. It's one of the biggest programmes for student sport volunteering in the country.

Activators support the delivery of a wide range of sports and activities, through helping out with leading, assisting, coaching and promoting sessions. You don't need any qualifications to be a Student Sport Activator, all we require is dedication, commitment and some knowledge of the sport you want to volunteer with.

In return for all your hardwork as a volunteer we provide you with a uniform, a guidebook and portfolio, mentoring and employability support and the opportunity to apply for funding for sports related qualifications such as coaching and umpire awards. We aim to help develop your employability skills whilst providing you with the opportunity to make a real difference to sport at Sheffield Hallam. We help provide the skills and experience you need in the workplace right from the application proccess through to delivery, and we can help you with interview skills, application writing and can provide references for prospective employers. Whether you are interested in a job in sport or not, it's all applicable.

Apply to get involved!

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to help run weekly sport sessions for the 2016/17 academic year from September onwards. There several roles as part of the below as shown below


If you would like to apply to volunteer as a Student Sport Activator click here for more information or email

  Read through our 'Sport Activators Hall of Fame' to hear how our volunteers initially got involved and how being a Sports Activator has created more opportunities.

Anna Smith

Anna is a final year Physiotherapy student. Anna started off playing netball within the Intramural Leagues at Sheffield Hallam University. She has been a Student Sport Activator for netball for one year and juggles her placements around delivering the social sport netball sessions.


Amy Borrill

Amy is a first year Sport and Exercise Science student. Amy started as a Student Sport Activator within her first week at Sheffield Hallam University running the social sport netball sessions.


Craig Barry

Craig was a Badminton Coordinator in the academic year 2013/14 and as a result is now employed as a Sports Coach and PE Teacher for Multi-Sport Shanghai.


Emma Hicks

Emma is a Physical Education and School Sport Student. She joined the Student Sport Activator programme as a Wheelchair basketball assistant, before moving to her current role as Women’s Football Coordinator this year. Emma’s career goal is to become a PE teacher.


Ryan Heath

Ryan Heath is a final year Sport Development and Coaching student and is on our High Performance Athlete programme for Volleyball, training 7 times a week, playing 2 or 3 games a week and competing at an international level in volleyball. Ryan not only competes at a high level, he is also our Sheffield Hallam Women’s Volleyball Coach, Higher Education Volleyball Officer and Volleyball Coordinator, providing opportunities for students of all abilities at Sheffield Hallam University to take part in the sport.


Stephen Naisbett

Stephen Naisbett is a final year Law student. Stephen started playing wheelchair basketball at the social sport sessions last year. He is now running the sessions as a Wheelchair Basketball Student Sport Activator.


Victor Edeh

Victor made contact with the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA about how he could become involved in sports coaching and management. Since then he has completed several coaching qualifications and has expanded his network in sports that has given him a platform to be a successful coach and leader.