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Read what some of our previous Development Assistants had to say about their time on the Advantage:YOU programme:

“I couldn’t recommend the programme enough. It opened many doors for me and without doubt gave me an edge and something to talk about above other candidates trying to get their foot in the door in Sport Development. Whilst a degree is brilliant for any career path, the hands on experience gained from an internship like this will add that something extra to your application. On top of this, I really enjoyed the internship and the fact I was able to complete it alongside my studies.”
Sarah Proud, Handball Development Assistant

“It has been the best voluntary placement opportunity I have ever been involved in, in terms of gaining hands on practical experience in a very competitive job market. As a Development Assistant, having full autonomy over your own work, managing your own time and developing your own strategy to achieve, while being supported by a staff team creates a really good environment to learn.”
Brad Sturrs, Rounders Development Assistant

“It has given me the opportunity to apply my learning from University in practice. This has meant that in job interviews I had more relatable skills and experiences to draw upon; which ultimately helped me to gain full time employment in the field after my studies.”
Lucy Brown, Volleyball Development Assistant

“The programme is something I would definitely recommend as it has helped me to achieve the role I currently have, and has also gave me valuable experiences that you would not get from just completing a degree alone. It’s also a fantastic organisation to work for, and is well recognised in the sport development world.”
Leandra Whelband, Club Development Assistant

“I saw and learnt about the dynamics in the office environment and there is such a wealth of experience and knowledge around that any questions would be answered.”
Darryn Apollis, Special Olympics South Yorkshire Development Assistant

“Kat Clarke, my mentor, provided me with constant support from start to finish which varied from giving me tips to improve my organisation skills to taking me to see club members so I could sit in on a meeting to get a taste of what being a Sport Development Officer entails. Even though my internship has finished, Kat still helps me with covering letters and notifies me of job vacancies. Sarah Proud and Jodie Bridger also helped me a vast amount – I can’t stress enough how supportive the entire office is. They also helped me with my dissertation, with them giving me a dissertation topic, and helped me to organise and arrange my interviews. I couldn’t of done it without their help.”
Owen Thomas, Rounders Development Assistant

“I also enhanced my project management skills, via different project management tools in order for the project to run efficiently. I also enhanced my communication skills when meeting blind organisations and being a welcoming organiser host for the taster sessions.”
Robbie Blunden, Athletics Development Assistant 

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