Award-winning Niall is a ‘volley’ good fellow

A Sheffield Hallam University student was celebrating last week after coming third in an awards ceremony held by the sporting body Volleyball England.

The organisation hosted its first ever Work Experience Celebration Evening at SportPark, Loughborough, part of Fair Train’s National Work Experience Week, which celebrated the achievements of the 29 fantastic interns who have undertaken work experience placements in the last twelve months at Volleyball England.

Throughout the evening, interns and college and university staff heard about the growth of the work experience programme at Volleyball England, as well as hearing from key note speakers from Fair Train and the Youth Sport Trust.

Niall Robertson celebrating after winning his award

Niall Robertson celebrating after winning his award

The inaugural “Intern of the Year” award was also decided, with three very capable finalists taking part, including Sheffield Hallam’s Niall Robertson, who was delighted to have been chosen in third place in the awards.

Niall joined Volleyball England on a six week placement in February and became a vital part of the Business & Finance Team. Providing key administrative support for the Finance Team, Niall has since taken on the role of Higher Education Volleyball Officer at Sheffield Hallam to continue his involvement within the sport.

Niall said: “Being an Intern at Volleyball England gave me a great insight into how sport works at National Governing Body Level. It’s been a really valuable experience and I have learnt a lot from my time there.

 “The staff made me feel welcome and the work they set for me wasn’t just made up for the interns so you really are a part of the business whilst you are there. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about a career in sport.”

Hannah Winsbury, Membership & Business Support Officer, thanked the interns for their willingness to get stuck in and their capacity to learn and develop during their placements.

“This is the first time we have chosen to run an event like this, and it is because 2016 has been a year of fantastic growth for the work experience programme. Volleyball England had 29 students participating in work experience over the last twelve months, contributing a total of over 1,400 hours to the organisation.

“The standard of interns has never been higher either. This year we had a number of standout students, and they deserve a huge amount of recognition for the role they play in ensuring that Volleyball England works, and works well.”