Celebrating Student Volunteering Week

This week we are celebrating Student Volunteering week, recognising the commitment and hard work of over 850 student volunteers who contribute to Sport at Edinburgh.

Student sport volunteer coaching korfball in Pleasance sports hall

Volunteering in sport holds immense value for students, offering a myriad of benefits that extend beyond the field or court. Engaging in volunteer opportunities within the sports community not only enriches a student's academic experience but also plays a pivotal role in their personal and professional development.

Taking on a volunteer role within student sport provides students with a unique avenue to apply theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world scenarios. Over 850 students currently volunteer within Sports union clubs and the Intramural programme, taking on a range of roles including organizing events, managing logistics, coaching & officiating. Through this University of Edinburgh students gain hands-on experience that enhances their understanding of sports management, teamwork, and leadership.

This practical exposure contributes significantly to their academic growth, bridging the gap between theory and application. Organizational skills, time management, effective communication, and problem-solving become second nature as students navigate the dynamic and fast-paced environment of sports volunteering. These transferable skills are invaluable assets in any future career, making students more versatile and adaptable professionals.

Student athletics club volunteers speaking to new students at sports fair

Beyond skill acquisition, volunteering in sports serves as a powerful platform for students to build a robust professional network. Interacting with coaches, fellow volunteers, and sports enthusiasts creates opportunities to establish meaningful connections that can open doors to internships, job placements, or collaborative projects. Networking within the sports community not only broadens their perspectives but also lays the foundation for whatever potential career paths they are looking toward.

Volunteering in sport also instills a sense of social responsibility and community engagement in students. As they contribute their time and efforts to support local sports initiatives or organizations, students become integral parts of the broader community fabric. This fosters a sense of belonging and encourages a commitment to making a positive impact beyond personal and academic spheres.

Students who adopt roles as mentors or coaches, contribute to the physical and emotional development of participants, instilling values such as teamwork, discipline, and perseverance. Witnessing these transformative effects reinforces the broader societal significance of sports and fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment among student volunteers.


As students invest their time and passion in sports volunteering, they not only contribute to the growth of the sports community but also lay the groundwork for their own holistic development as individuals and future professionals. 

Keep up to date with @UoESportsUnion and @UoESport on our social platforms this week as we shine a spotlight some of our incredible student volunteers.

Relevant Information

Student Volunteering Week (External Link)

EUSU Coaching & Volunteering Academy (External link)