Lauren Emanuel


02 Apr Lauren Emanuel

Job title: Community Sports Development Officer
Type of position: Placement
Company: Pro-Active West London
Degree: Sport and Exercise Sciences

Why I loved it:

“My name is Lauren Emanuel, I did a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences and a placement with a County Sports Partnership called Pro-Active West London. Pro-Active West London is responsible for facilitating recreational sport for the local communities within West London. As Pro-Active West London is funded by SportEngland, they are strategically responsible for increasing participation through the coordination of sport and recreational projects across the West London sub-region. My role was Community Sports Development Officer for the London Borough of Hillingdon. I was the project manager for a Community Sports Programme called ‘Active for Life’ that aims to engage Hillingdon residents into physical activity. As I was hosted by Pro-Active, I had the advantage of working very closely with Hillingdon Sports Team to deliver their project successfully. I engaged with schools, colleges, community centres, leisure centres, libraries, and various voluntary organisations within the borough which all impacted participation.”

My best experience/greatest achievement:

“Most of my role was about community engagement and delivering schemes and projects that catered to the community’s needs. I also played a role in the development of a Physical Activity Strategy for the borough of Hillingdon. With a passion in both development and the dance arts, I also played a role in bringing a dance project called Dare2Dance to Hillingdon for 2012. The project aimed to empower young girls aged 14-25 through the means of Street Dance. Prior to this internship, I took part in a showcase hosted by the delivery company and encouraged the borough sports team to take up the opportunity at Pro-Active West.”

What I learned:

“I can honestly say the internship was not like any ‘work experience’ you may have done in school or college! Leaving post meant another member of staff continuing on the legacy I had already started. As a project manager, I was held responsible for success/failure of the project which came with a lot of pressure and deadlines, but the teams I worked with have facilitated my development throughout. An opportunity such as this comes as a real blessing – especially if you are interested in promoting sport and management of sports development.”

About my experience/Tips for students:

“Everything I did allowed me to expand my horizons and discover the real world of sports development. The one year placement has given me opportunities to network and get a deeper insight into what sports development really is. An experience like this, brings all the essays, exams and theory to life; making the hard graft at university invaluable. To anyone contemplating an internship… DO NOT waste another moment, take the opportunity! This experience has spearheaded me towards a career within the sector; an invaluable experience that I can draw upon in the near future.”