Oxford Brookes Sports Mentoring Scheme launch

Wednesday, 08 October 2014

Sarah Winckless

Olympic bronze medalist and double World Champion, former Team GB rower Sarah Winckless will be the keynote speaker at the launch of the Oxford Brookes Sports Mentoring Scheme 2014-15

The event, which takes place on Monday 13 October from 7pm until 8.30pm, will match third year students on the Sports Coaching, Sports Science and Physical Education degree course at the university to their external, industry-linked mentors for the coming year.

In speaking at the event, Sarah Winckless will be sharing her knowledge and experience as a top level sports mentor, former rower and current Chairman of the British Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission. She has also recently been appointed the Chef de Mission for Team GB for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Sarah will be talking specifically about effective mentoring and how that looks both to the mentor and the mentee. She’ll also be looking at possibilities and boundaries in mentoring, what can be expected from both sides and what makes for a successful relationship.

The aim of the programme is to create links between the local sports scene and the students, giving a platform for real-time advice on careers, industry insights and networking opportunities.  More than 100 people in total will attend the event and this includes Directors of Sport at major independent schools locally, as well as coaches, teachers and representatives from the sports industry. 

This is a key event for our students and in some cases will almost certainly lead, directly or indirectly, on to their finding their first employment next year.

Daniel Newcombe, Lecturer in Sport Sciences and Coaching

Commented Sports Lecturer, Daniel Newcombe, “This is a key event for our students and in some cases will almost certainly lead, directly or indirectly, on to their finding their first employment next year, and at the very least will give real insights into the world of sports employment. The programme is student led, and therefore tailored to individual needs on a one to one basis. We are grateful to Sarah Winckless for sharing her invaluable experience with us; it’s programmes like these that gives Brookes its international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation, as well as its strong links with business and industry.”

This event builds on the success of a similar mentoring scheme that ran in 2013-14 and saw Brookes’ third year students in this field make real connections within the sports industry locally and go on to secure jobs as a direct result of the mentoring opportunity.

More information about sports science courses can be found on the Department of Sport and Health Sciences webpage.