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Volunteering opportunities

Wednesday 13 April 2011

The ability to get an interview in an increasingly competitive jobs market is getting harder and harder. With employers dissecting every CV that lands on their desk, it is becoming more and more important to build a strong CV. One of the best ways to strengthen your CV is to carry out voluntary work in a professional environment.

Over the last few two years the staff at the sports centre has helped up-skill University students, providing them with opportunities that has included working with professional sports athletes competing at a national, European and international level.

If you would like to work in a professional environment, in one of the best sports Universities in Scotland, delivering sport and exercise, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you! We are now looking to grow our fitness team, to help support student sport, recreational fitness enthusiasts and part to raise the profile of sport at the University of St Andrews.  If you are keen to be involved then read on…

Strength and conditioning

Volunteers will be working with the Strength and Conditioning Manager and the Performance Sport Manager, helping deliver specialist sports programmes and sports conditioning plans. All the necessary training will be provided on topics such as, speed, agility, plyometrics, strength, power, periodization and core stability. There will also be opportunities to work with professional clubs such as Dundee Utd FC (of whom we provide their S+C support), and the Scotland Rugby Squad (who use our facilities during their training camps).

Fitness and conditioning

If you are already a keen gym user and are interested in expanding your exercise knowledge then this could be the perfect opportunity for you. The department are a registered outreach centre for Fitness Scotland, and this allows us to run Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualifications. This is a vocational qualification recognised across Europe, and is an essential qualification for anyone wanting to work in a fitness facility. So if you would like to get some practical experience working in a fitness facility and pick up an excellent qualification in the process then please email us at the address below.


Volunteers will work with the department staff and the AU’s press and publicity officers to promote sport to students, staff and the local community. This may come in the form of advertising fixtures and events, publicising results, writing match reports, populating our photo gallery and updating the website/facebook/twitter. There will also be opportunities to work with professional clubs such as Dundee Utd and high profile organisations such as the SRU (who base their training camps in St Andrews). Over the past year the Department has invested a significant amount of money into making the sports centre look more appealing. The marketing volunteer will play a leading role in taking this to the next level.

If you would like to learn more about this fantastic opportunity, please email:

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