Getting into Sport is near enough impossible. As a player, a coach or an official you have to be at the very elite to make it, but that isn’t a reason why you should not work in the industry. As with all industries it isn’t specific to a couple of job roles, iCould bring you a range of jobs and their functions that might have you name on it!
Supporting the stars
Aside from the competitors themselves, a vast support team is involved in preparing Athletes for competition, from youth training schemes which help identify and develop potential stars, through to Professional Trainers and Coaches.
Medical professionals who have specialised in sports-related medicine play a key part in helping Athletes compete. Roles include Physiotherapists who restore Athletes’ movement and function, Injury Specialists who treat musculo-skeletal problems, such those in the muscles, bones and joints, and Sports Psychologists who teach mental techniques to help maximise performance, aid concentration, and manage nerves.
Sitting behind a desk may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of sports-related jobs, but there are a number of opportunities in sports administration.
Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life.
UK Sport is the nation’s high performance sports agency responsible for investing over £100 million per year in Britain’s best Olympic and Paralympic Athletes. As well as listing organisational vacancies, UK Sport’s job section carries details of sports jobs across the UK, from Receptionists to Performance Analysts.
UK Anti-Doping is responsible for protecting sport from the threat of doping in the UK.
A sports federation is the independent governing body for a particular sport, perhaps the most well-known of which is The Football Association (the FA). Employment opportunities within sporting federations vary, some federations offer paid positions, whilst other rely more heavily on volunteer roles. Sports federations can advise on becoming a Referee or Sports Official.
Sports development is about encouraging participation in sport, in people at all ages and abilities. Work can include supporting organised sports teams to helping people get active through more gentle exercise such as walking or Pilates.
Sports equipment design, manufacture and retail
Nets, goalposts, artificial turf, gymnastic apparatus, cricket bats, parts for Formula One cars…the list goes on in terms of sports equipment and supplies which are manufactured in the UK, not to mention the range of technical engineering and design-based roles essential to the world of sport. Find out more from Racing Car Designer Steven Halsall.
Working in sports retail is another popular option – from jobs in high street chains through to specialist independent shops, there’s a wide variety of sports and roles to choose from.
Stadiums, race courses, football grounds, running tracks, swimming pools…every sports venue requires a team of people to keep it running. Jobs are available in areas such as marketing, ticketing, catering and hospitality. Ensuring sports facilities are kept in optimum condition requires a number of more specialist roles including Professional Groundsmen, who are responsible for ensuring appropriate playing surfaces.
Major sporting events
Annual sporting events such as the London Marathon or The Wimbledon Championships employ people year-round to work on planning, development and delivery. Similarly, one-off fixtures such as the London 2012 Olympic Games or the Glasgow Commonweath Games in 2014 require large teams of people to set up, organise and manage their events. Major sporting events can provide a good opportunity to get work experience – look out for temporary or voluntary opportunities where extra staff are required for a short period of time.
Sponsorship plays a large role in sports funding, and also employs a number of people in sponsorship roles. Large companies often have their own sponsorship team whose job it is to identify potential Athletes or sports to sponsor, and then to liaise with the relevant sports bodies, teams or venues to work out how they can achieve appropriate brand exposure. In the same way sports venues and teams often have dedicated staff who approach potential sponsors and then work out an suitable benefits package – such as branded hoardings, naming rights or VIP tickets – that a sponsor will get in return for their investment.
Going for Gold
Not all Athletes have the option of being full-time professionals, and many Athletes combine their training with other work. Jenny Davis is a Customer Services Representative and Semi-Professional Cyclist, whilst James Wright juggles being an Athlete with his job as General Assistant at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Would you like to make it in the Sport industry? As shown above, you can make it in the industry without
It’s New Years Eve tomorrow, but how much do you know about the New Year and it’s traditions?
The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
It’s tradition to ring in New Year’s with family and friends because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck. So make sure to keep friends close and foes very far away
More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day in America than any other holiday, statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed.
The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and of course, New York City. Internationally, one of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. Back then, a 700-pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was dropped. Now, however, it weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals.
The tradition has continued in Times Square, except for in 1942 and 1943. The ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.
In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.
In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, some families stuff a large doll, which is called Mr. Old Year, with memories from the past year. They also dress him in clothes from the outgoing year. At midnight, he is set ablaze, thus burning away the bad memories.
It’s good luck to eat foods like black eyed peas, ham and cabbage because it is thought they bring prosperity. But if you want to have a happy new year, don’t eat lobster or chicken. Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.
Chinese New Year is celebrated the second full moon after the winter solstice.
Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.
In ancient Rome the new year began on March 1.
The traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne,” means, “times gone by.”
The top 10 resolutions are usually to lose weight, eat more healthily, exercise more, stop smoking, stick to a budget, save money, get more organized, be more patient, find a better job and to just be a better person over all.
A working class hero is something to be. A working class journo is something we need…
To use an industry wide clique, journalism is changing. As the technological era spawns new journalistic techniques and previously unseen areas of the profession more people should, in theory, be able to have their voices heard. However, one area of journalism that does not appear to be changing is the number of young working class people able to get their foot through the industry’s door.
In 2012, a report undertaken by the NCTJ discovered that only 3% of new journalists derived from a background of parents who worked within “unskilled” jobs. In stark contrast to this, the report also found that 65% of the industry’s new intake came from a background of parents working within “professional, managerial or director positions”.
These statistics represent a worrying lack of young working class people getting into journalism as the industry steers towards being a profession for the privileged. However, in an industry that is supposedly more democratic than ever what caused these statistics, albeit from 2012, to portray such a startling account of contemporary journalism?
The first obstacle that comes to mind is the financial situation of young journalists, which is heavily influenced by the socio-economic group that their parents fall into. This can affect aspiring working class journalists immensely as the thought of being effectively priced out of their intended profession is both daunting and frustrating.
As journalism is an industry that requires experience to break into, a large majority of young hacks invest their time in taking internships. However, internships represent a substantial challenge for working class journalists as most placements do not pay participants. In fact, a report by the “Intergenerational Foundation” discovered that 92% of journalism internships were unpaid.
For student journalists like myself, the prospect of an unpaid internship is worrying as my financial situation will more than likely prevent me from gaining crucial work experience, which could postpone the chances of obtaining a permanent position.
These worries are only emphasised by more recent Sutton Trust analysis that discovered young individuals who undertake a six month unpaid internship in London are forced to cough up a minimum of £6081 without support. For journalists wishing to take a six month unpaid internship outside London, a slightly less but still hefty sum of £5087 is required.
This automatically prevents certain individuals, even in areas known for their large working class populations, from gaining crucial experience whereas young people of higher socio-economic backgrounds would be more likely to cope with costs.
The fact that aspiring working class journalists are forced to relinquish potentially career changing internships while others don’t due to the pretence of their socio-economic background is fundamentally wrong. In simple, this is class inequality within an industry that strives to highlight injustices.
There are off course other options to break into journalism with most aspiring hacks now undertaking BA courses at university. This is the route that I decided to take as it was the only “financially viable” way to enter the increasingly London-centred industry, albeit after £27,000 worth of debt.
Despite sometimes receiving criticism, journalism BA’s do teach young hacks crucial industry knowledge and skills. However, as many courses are not NCTJ accredited, student journalists can graduate in a position of disadvantage to others who obtained the qualification while studying. For working class journalists this can be a major setback as additional costs exceeding £700 are required.
On the NCTJ’s own website it states that “journalism in the 21st century is full of opportunity”. This is strange suggestion as an organisation that issues crucial industry qualifications could in fact be pricing out working class people while boasting about opportunity.
If students follow an alternative path there is always the option of undertaking a postgraduate degree. However, similar to NCTJ courses, postgrads are expensive as the funding that undergraduates receive aren’t necessarily transferable. This means that another £9000, excluding living costs, is added to the £27,000 already amassed from three years of undergraduate study.
The evidence analysed provides a clear picture that journalism is an expensive industry to break into. The days of building your career at a local paper are long gone as young journalists face years of debt to obtain essential qualifications and experience that still may not be enough for employers.
From personal experiences at university, I have seen plenty of working class students show huge journalistic potential. However, it is extremely important that these aspiring individuals do not fall short at the last hurdle due to their socio-economic background.
We all know journalism does a lot of reporting but it is about time that the industry addresses this problem, which ironically exists under its very nose. If it does, a more diverse range of voices will have a platform to be expressed which can only lead to a more democratic industry.
Fear not, not only do we have very close links with employers, a wide range of courses, and a state-of-the-art Centre for Creative Industries, we also offer NCTJ accredited courses to help you to move smoothly into the industry!
Great British Bake Off sweeps the nation every year with baking fever and soggy bottoms, but what is it like to be a baker working in the industry? One of Edinburgh’s most popular and busiest bakers (who supply both Lovecrumbs and Twelve Triangles) ran Wow247 through a day in the life of a real Great British baker.
Here head baker Emily Frances shares ten snaps from a typical day in the kitchen – which starts at 5am sharp – and explains what goes on behind the scenes.
“Lovecrumbs started in September 2011 in a very chilly warehouse kitchen, making cakes and treats for the cafés, shops and people of Edinburgh. Rachel did the baking and Hollie did the flogging of wares from the back of a white van.
“The West Port café opened in spring 2012 and Twelve Triangles on Brunswick Street followed in March 2015 as a home for our breads, doughnuts, buns and other yeasted dough goods. We now have six very talented lady bakers in the not so chilly (and now very full) Leith kitchen, baking various treats for the two shops, an array of wholesale customers and the odd wedding or party.”
5.00am: “We open the bakery at 5am, get the ovens on and start getting Twelve Triangles’s stuff out of the retarder (giant fridge) to come to room temperature before baking off. We slow prove all of our sour and yeast based dough for at least eighteen hours which helps improve the flavour as well as digestibility.
“The life cycle of most Twelve Triangles products is three days, starting with the feeding of the sour or making a preferment before the bulk of the dough is made, proved, shaped then baked.”
5.45am: “Once the ovens are at temperature we turn out the sour doughs from the baskets they have proved in over night. We dust the trays with polenta for a wee crunch on the bottom of our loaves then we score them and finally spray them with water before they go in the oven. This helps create steam in the oven which in turn helps the bread get its crust.”
6.15am: “We fry our doughnuts in batches of five. When we first opened Twelve Triangles we thought doing 30 doughnuts per day was a lot. We now routinely fry 130 on a Saturday and Sunday and our record so far is 450 when we did the food market at George Square before the start of the Festival. It seemed like a nice way to ease ourselves into the chaos of August in Edinburgh.”
6.45am: “Doughnuts are packed into boxes, punctured with a cake skewer and then filled with whatever seasonal treats we have made. We make as much as possible ourselves – custards, jams, curds and even the ricotta are made daily. It may sound like we are trying to make our lives trickier but it means we can be pretty certain we have the most loved doughnuts around.”
7.15am: “After we have baked everything off and packed it up for deliveries we have a much needed caffeine break before we start again with the baking and prep for the next day. Our bakery is on an industrial estate in Leith so we tend to get some fairly funny looks from the mechanics around us as we sometimes look like we’ve just rocked up in our PJs and are sitting down with a coffee.”
7.30am: “Everything we produce for Twelve Triangles is baked off fresh every morning. Doughnuts fried, rolled in sugar, individually filled then topped before they are ready to head off. After deliveries have been picked up we reorganise and start our day again, cleaning down and prepping for Lovecrumbs.
“This tends to be the less glamorous side of being a baker – we line all the tins we will need throughout the day, check our bake-lists for both Twelve Triangles and Lovecrumbs and check to see what wholesale is needed and if we have any special orders.”
8.00am: “Once we’ve finished prepping all the tins we start our Lovecrumbs tasks with the cakes so they can bake, be out the oven and cooled for us to ice by the end of the day. Before starting any recipe we get all our ingredients prepped, making sure we have everything we need scaled out so nothing is forgotten and the mixture isn’t left sitting.”
12.15pm: “Here two of our lady bakers are scaling and rolling doughnuts and buns. Apart from our mixers we do everything else by hand – weighing, cutting and shaping all of our doughs. We laminate our croissants by hand in batches of twelve, with each batch taking four days from start to finish which adds flavour as well as builds up our muscles.”
3:30pm: “When I started working at Lovecrumbs two years ago there would be one baker in at a time and two at the weekends. Now we have three or four bakers in every day with a trained team of five altogether. It takes about 6 months to train someone to bake for both Lovecrumbs and Twelve Triangles. We go from working with delicate sponge and making fiddly cactus biscuits to mixing kilos of dough and getting very hands on and physical.”
4.15pm: “Our day finishes with icing the cakes for Lovecrumbs both for special orders and our wholesale customers. We flavour, colour and taste each buttercream before assembling the final cake and most of our cakes have some kind of filling in the middle too.
“My personal favourite is damson jam which I am currently making as fast as I can to stockpile until next year as they are only round for a month or so. You can also make amazing gin by flavouring it with damson and some sugar and letting it steep for a few months.”
Does this sound like something you would love to do on a daily basis? If so, we offer Bakery courses and Apprenticeships here at The Sheffield College and even have our own Bakers kitchen! Go on, make Mary Berry proud!
1. Write from the heart as well as the head. Write about what makes you angry, what moves you to tears, the things about which you feel passionately. If you feel it when you write, others will feel it when they read.
2. Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted.
3. Think only about the work, about writing a book as good as you can make it. It helps to have the sensation that you are writing a book that doesn’t exist and that you, as a reader, would like to exist.
4. If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.
5. While you’re writing, read like mad – but read analytically. You will never be able to put a book together without an understanding of how other books work. I suspect that this is more a matter of instinct than anything else – but you can nurture that instinct by looking at other texts and thinking, “What’s successful here? What’s failing? And why?”
6. Do what I did: Pretend you want to do something else and write on the sly until you’re free to do whatever you want!
7. Finish your book. Whatever is your writing process, ensure that you have got to the very end of it and are satisfied before you begin to think about the whole other process of publication. Publication does not turn you, as if by magic, into a writer. You are already a writer. It’s important not to forget that.
8. Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.
9. Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire.
10. Don’t go reading the latest prizewinners and bestsellers in the hope of discovering what publishers are looking for. By the time your book is written, they’ll be looking for something else.
11. Remember you love writing. It wouldn’t be worth it if you didn’t. If the love fades, do what you need to and get it back. Remember writing doesn’t love you. It doesn’t care. Nevertheless, it can behave with remarkable generosity. Speak well of it, encourage others, pass it on.
12. Keep writing. Even if you think it’s terrible, keep writing; you will only get better with practice. And learn to finish the things you begin, because the ending is the hardest part.
13. Listen to what you have written. A dud rhythm in a passage of dialogue may show that you don’t yet understand the characters well enough to write in their voices.
14. Don’t write for the market. Clue yourself up about what’s out there and what sells – and then forget it. The best novels are written with passion, not calculation. Your writing has to come from your heart, not from your desire to be the Next Big Thing.
15. Write short stories. They afford lots of failure. Pastiche is a great way to start.
16. Be unkind to your characters when you are exploring who they are. Challenge them, put them in difficult situations and see how they respond, present them with strong choices and show us their development. Interrogate them. Do they have any transgressions? Once you see the world from your characters’ point of view, their emotional logic will be authentic.
17. Write loads, read voraciously, go out and live. Things will emerge in the spaces in between and you might be surprised by what does.
18. “Write about what you know” is the most stupid thing I’ve heard. It encourages people to write a dull autobiography. It’s the reverse of firing the imagination and potential of writers.
19. You have to write the book that you want to write. You have to be prepared to do your own thing and not bow to the critics, not listen to the policeman in your head saying you shouldn’t do this or that.
20. Don’t look back until you’ve written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work.
21. Finish everything you start.
If you can relate to any of the above and you have a tingle in your finger to pick up a pen and write until your heart’s content, don’t hesitate in getting yourself enrolled on one of our English courses!
When working in construction sometimes things go wrong. They require initiative to set the problem straight, be it a temporary fix or something a little longer term. If done well it can be applauded. If not it can be a Health and Safety catastrophe. These chumps found by BuzzFeed might want to look into a new trade!
1. These out of circus acrobats.
17. And finally, whoever constructed this stage.
New Years Eve is either the best night of the year or theeee worst – depending on who you are! Fancy doing something for free so that you don’t feel a potential sense of disappointment? Huffington Post have your back:
Edinburgh’s final fling
Lost & Found in London
Newcastle’s rugby-themed Winter Carnival Parade
Cardiff’s Calennig celebrations
The Fireballs Ceremony in Stonehaven
St Ives fireworks
Manchester’s The Fontthefontbar.wordpress
Nottingham Castle NYEMartin Pettitt/Flickr
Brighton’s The HopeDesign My Night
Liverpool’s Leaf teashopLeaf
Maybe you prefer to be the party planner than the person who ends up in the gutter at the end of the night! If so, did you know we offer a Foundation Degree in Events Management? Well, we do! So get on it now!
Viva the vinyl revolution! If you’re like me you’ll be delighted that records are making a buoyant comeback that shows no sign of slowing. The crackle, the collection, the sound – unbeatable. Wow247 have 6 surprising facts about vinyl for you to feast your eyes upon!
1. Vinyl sales are on track for their biggest total in over 20 years
Last year, there were 1.2 million vinyl records sold in the UK. The most in over 20 years. There were sales of 14 million in America.
Research from BPI and Neilson Soundscan suggested growth of vinyl sales in America and the UK of 28% and 56% respectively, in year-to-date sales, putting them on track for their biggest ever year in over two decades.
2. Record sales have actually been on the rise since 1993
Who would have thought it? Sales of vinyl LP’s have been consistently on the rise since 1993. From then until 2013 there was a gradual and consistent growth in sales, while 2013/2014 saw a massive spike in sales, with a staggering 52% growth. This trend looks set to continue this year.
Interestingly, streaming figures grew by 53% in 2013/14, suggesting that we are embracing the old and new simultaneously.
3. Half of record buyers are under 25
This is an interesting one. Apparently millennials love vinyl. Contrary to the stereotypical image of today’s ‘yoof’ listening to Spotify on smartphones, it turns out they actually have a pretty big appetite for vinyl.
While most vinyl buyers will use both formats, it’s reassuring that the format isn’t going to be dying off any time soon.
4. And a man called Zero Freitas buys the rest
Not really. But the Brazilian tycoon does have the largest vinyl collection in the world with a whopping 6 million records in his personal possession. Freitas started off buying vinyl with his pocket money, finishing high school with over 3,000 LPs to his name. Now, he buys the stock of whole music shops when they go bust and has agents who attend every major European and American record auction. Dedication.
5. The UK’s first ever Official Vinyl Charts were launched this year
The huge surge in sales in 2014 and the 69% increase in album sales in the first quarter of 2015 prompted the Official UK Charts to launch an Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40 and an Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40, for the first time.
Claims suggesting the surge in sales was purely because more people wanted to make GIFs of their pets spinning on them remain unfounded.
6. The highest valued LP in the world is worth $5 million
According to Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA. Although they are yet to sell it. The legendary hip hop group recorded The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin and made only a single copy.
The double LP features 31 unheard Wu tracks and RZA likened its rarity to the “scepter of an Egyptian king”. According to Billboard, the group received multiple offers, the highest being for $5 million. The album comes in two hand-crafted nickel-silver boxes that were made by a Moroccan artist and a team of ten workers, and took three months to make. But they still haven’t actually sold it.
Are you a music lover? Maybe it’s vinyl, maybe it’s just over all formats. Regardless, we’ve just had some incredible new music studios, recording and performance spaces put in. You probably don’t want to miss out on our courses then, do you?!