Saints Foundation and Solent team up

Southampton Solent University and the Saints Foundation have partnered up, bringing student volunteers to community-based sports projects around the city.

Southampton Solent’s Kevin Harris, Course Leader Sport Coaching and Development, said: “The Saints Foundation is a key player in sport development and coaching in the local area, so it is really exciting to have signed a formal agreement that will enable our students to take part in their projects, gaining crucial experience in real-world coaching and volunteering roles.”

Saints Foundation’s Mike Dixon, who graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2013, recently led an event at St Mary’s Stadium which resulted in many students volunteering to participate at the foundation, which has projects in six areas within the community.

“It is great to be working in partnership with Southampton Solent University and to be able to offer voluntary placements within our funded projects,” Mike said. “It is a fantastic opportunity for the students and will complement their studies, enabling them to gain practical experience within the sporting industry.”

Saints Foundation’s funded projects support adults and young people in the community, helping everyone from underachieving school pupils to vulnerable adults or those without education, training or employment to reach their full potential through sporting engagement. “Student volunteers will add real extra value to our sessions, supporting and guiding a variety of participants,” Mike Dixon added. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE MEDIA OFFICE ON 023 8031 9040 or press.office@solent.ac.uk

With a population of around 12,800 staff and students, Southampton Solent University offers over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects as diverse as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. Every year we are joined by around 10,000 additional students on short professional courses.

The University was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance Agency kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning, and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in Which? University‘s 2013 and 2014 student polls. Solent’s business school has been awarded ‘Gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and also holds the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 

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“The Saints Foundation is a key player in sport development and coaching in the local area, so it is really exciting to have signed a formal agreement that will enable our students to take part in their projects, gaining crucial experience in real-world coaching and volunteering roles.”
Kevin Harris, Course Leader Sport Coaching and Development