Game Changers

Game Changers impacted my year in the best way possible and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the programme to anyone who wants more out of their time at university.

Molly O'Brien, Game Changer
(BSc Economics, 2020)

Game Changers

Game Changers is the University of Bristol's sports leadership and volunteering programme. It provides students with online and in-person training and qualifications to volunteer in sport and physical activity in a range of areas including coaching, officiating and community outreach.

You can choose between two different routes. Coaching and Officiating Route or Non-Coaching Route. Game Changers will cover 75% of the cost of anything up to £200 - the rest needs to be supported by yourself as the individual or your sports club/society (if agreed).

A list of training and volunteering opportunities is available for everyone who signs up for the program via the Game Changers Pathway on the Careers Service website. 

Coaching and Officiating Route 

Every sport needs coaches and officials. The skills you can develop are valuable wherever life takes you. Put simply, coaching is helping others to achieve their full potential. It is a unique skill that can provide a wide range of rewarding experiences. We are always looking for additional ways to support student coaches and officials from informal mentoring to additional training, as well as the chance to meet other students who have taken on a similar role. 

Non-Coaching Route

You don’t have to get involved in physical activity to take part in the Game Changers programme. There are many different ways you can support individuals and sports teams. Examples can include training and workshops related to sports journalism, social media, event management, first aid training, and more.  

Programme overview

The programme runs continuously throughout the year to fit flexibly around your studies. You can sign up any time and join the next available session. 

Stage 1 Sign up and attend an information induction. 
Stage 2 Choose your training workshop or coaching qualification.
Stage 3 Complete 10 hours of volunteering.
Stage 4 Log your volunteering hours and submit the necessary documents.
Stage 5 Receive the certificate and reimbursement.

Interested in becoming a Game Changer?

Head over to our Career Services page - sign in, click on the 'pathways' and select Game Changers to start your volunteering journey. 

Coaching added a whole new dimension to my experience of being involved in sport at Bristol. Taking responsibility for a group of players and building a team has made for an amazing season!

George Fox, Student Football Development Coach

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Get in touch with our Game Changers team at

The Bristol PLUS Award

Use your Game Changers volunteering hours for the Bristol PLUS Award.

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