What is Pathways to Sports and Health?

With the Sports sector generating over £6 Billion for the UK economy each year and policy makers understanding the benefits that public participation in sport bring both to our communities and public health, this sector has an increasingly important role in our world.

This pathway aims to explore the way public and private organisations within the sports sector collaborate to support the public health agenda, supporting healthy lifestyles, communities and the wider economy. From community initiatives in sport and sport infrastructure to marketing and media, there are a wide range of topics which will enhance your understanding of the sector with real world experience provided by professionals working within the industry. No matter what your academic background, if you have a strong interest in sport and public health, this pathway provides an invaluable opportunity to gain skills and experience in a competitive labour market.

You will learn though hands-on training over a 4 day programme delivered by industry professionals, followed by a 1 week internship experience with a Sports & Health sector organisation. This pathway welcomes applicants from all disciplines and levels, no prior knowledge of the industry or technical knowledge is required.

 The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

  • Training - a 4 day programme, where students will learn about key issues in Sports and Public Health, key roles within the sector and get a real world perspective from professionals within the sector. The Training runs Monday 18th - Thursday 21st June 2018. Topics include (but are not exclusive to) :
  • Sport and the Economy
  • Sports Marketing, Media & Communications
  • Public Health Agenda & Sport
  • Sport in the Community
  • Infrastructure for Activity
  • Sustainability & Sport
  • Education & Sport
  • Future Trends & Skills in the Sport & Health Sector
  • Coaching & Officiating
  • Sporting Analytics
  • How to make the most of your internship
  • Project – Working within small groups, you will apply your training to a real-life business project during the training week.
  • Internship - a week-long paid internship in a Sports & Health related role. Monday 25th – Friday 29th June 2018

Applications will open 15th January 2018 and close 4th March 2018.

To apply please complete the Pathways to Sport and Health Application Form

It all adds up! This Careers activity counts towards the Exeter Award.







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You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for the programme. We welcome applications from all disciplines and levels of study, as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area.

International students must have the right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. If you are called to the selection assessment session you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.



Applications will open 15th January 2018. To apply please complete the Pathways to Sport & Health Student Application Form.

This program is very competitive so you need to ensure you submit your best application - making sure that you stand out from the crowd. Subsequently it is recommended that you book on and complete an “Effective application form” workshop bookable via My Career Zone before you complete your application. This workshop will also count to your Exeter Award.

It is important to note that the information you provide on your application form may be shared with external employers as part of the internship matching process.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes on 4th March 2018. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session on Streatham campus where the final 20 students will be chosen. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not by 8th March 2018. 

The assessment session will take place week commencing 19th March 2018. These will be the only session delivered so in order for you to be successfully chosen for the programme you will need to be able to commit to attending.

The application process is highly competitive and therefore only the best performing students will be selected for an assessment session and subsequently for inclusion on the programme. Any students not successful in the application process will receive feedback for their performance, and will be signposted to resources and support available.

Training will take place the week after the end of the summer 2018 term; Monday 18th – Thursday 21st June 2018.

The 20 successfully selected students will undertake a week of intensive training, delivered by local professionals who are experts in their chosen field. This will comprise a mix of presentations, hands-on activities and social events.

If selected, you will need to undertake a week long internship with a business working on a specific project. These internships will take place after your training has been completed from Monday 25th June – Friday 29th June 2018. This week long (35 hour) internship will be paid.

If selected you will be required to identify which projects and businesses you are most interested in and send us your ranked choices by 3rd June.

The matching process will completed based on the understanding of the client’s business and your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preferred project but our aim is to match as many students to their preferred projects as possible.

You will also be invited to a briefing session week commencing 4th June prior to the training week starting. Applicants will need to be geographically mobile as not all placements will be offered in the Exeter area.

If you have been successful in securing a place on this programme or would like to ask any further questions please contact the Pathways to Sports & Health team by emailing pathways2sports@exeter.ac.uk

  • Gain an insight into different roles in the Sports and Health sector
  • Increase knowledge of sector specific activities
  • Learn in an interactive and experiential environment
  • Work with students from different year groups, subjects and levels of degree
  • Be inspired by experienced professionals
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Develop your career plan
  • Apply newly acquired learning to a group project as part of the training
  • Culminates in an essential work experience, undertaking a paid internship 

Elements of Pathways to Sports and Health align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: