Volleyball England hosts Work Experience Celebration Evening
14th October 2016
Volleyball England hosted its first ever Work Experience Celebration Evening at SportPark, Loughborough, last night. The event, part of Fair Train’s National Work Experience Week, celebrated the achievements of the fantastic interns who have undertaken work experience placements in the last twelve months at Volleyball England.
Throughout the evening, interns and college and university staff heard about the growth of the work experience programme at Volleyball England, as well as hearing from key note speakers from Fair Train and the Youth Sport Trust. The inaugural “Intern of the Year” award was also decided, with three very capable finalists.
Hannah Winsbury, Membership & Business Support Officer, thanked the interns for their willingness to get stuck in and their capacity to learn and develop during their placements.
“This is the first time we have chosen to run an event like this, and it is because 2016 has been a year of fantastic growth for the work experience programme. Volleyball England had 29 students participating in work experience over the last twelve months, contributing a total of over 1,400 hours to the organisation.
“The standard of interns has never been higher either. This year we had a number of standout students, and they deserve a huge amount of recognition for the role they play in ensuring that Volleyball England works, and works well.”
Before the winner of the Intern of the Year Award was announced, guests heard from Roman Neveykin. Now working at the Youth Sport Trust, Roman began his career on a work experience placement at Volleyball England. Roman offered advice to the interns about the importance of going above and beyond to enhance their employability, and after the event students spoke about how they were going to put these ideas into practice moving forward.
The Intern of the Year Award showcased an individual who had shown great commitment to Volleyball England over the last twelve months, with stand-out results. The winner was chosen by Ian Jelley, Deputy Chief Executive at Fair Train, who said about the decision “I thought this would be a fairly straight forward task but I genuinely had to read [the nominations] three times!”
In 3rd place was Sheffield Hallam University student Niall Robertson. Niall joined Volleyball England on a six week placement in February and became a vital part of the Business & Finance Team. Providing key administrative support for the Finance Team, Niall has since taken on the role of Higher Education Volleyball Officer at this university to continue his involvement within the sport.
Nottingham Trent University student Benjamin Humby finished in 2nd place following some fantastic work on the FIVB Go Spike Beach Activation Programme. During his work experience placement, Ben played a key role in allocating more than £10,000 worth of FIVB funding to beach volleyball facilities across England to activate Go Spike activity and get thousands more people playing beach volleyball.
There could only be one winner, and the 2015/16 Inter of the Year Award was awarded to Chloe Dunn, also from Nottingham Trent University, for her excellent work on this year’s Annual Awards Evening. Feedback from the volleyball community was that he 2016 Annual Awards Evening was the best yet, and Chloe played a crucial role in making the event a great success.
After the awards students spent time networking with one another and hearing from Fair Train about what they had been up to during National Work Experience Week – including an inspirational visit to HMP Onley, where prisoners are turning their lives around through high quality experiences of work.
Volleyball England is proud of its field leading work experience programme - none of it could be possible without the incredible young people who come to us ready to learn and get stuck in. The Work Experience Celebration Evening was a great way to celebrate the huge impact that the programme has had on both the learners and the organisation.