Issue date: 31 July 2014
Lydia Edwards, who is studying Primary Education at UWE Bristol, has received the Young Volunteer Award at the England Netball South West Goalden Globe Awards.
As the University's Netball Officer (UNO), Lydia is responsible for increasing participation in netball among students. Set up three years ago, the UNO programme has been, and continues to be, a huge success with a dramatic increase in netball participation numbers.
The UNO programme is part of the EDGE Sports Volunteering Programme which develops transferable skills through volunteering opportunities and increases students' employability upon graduation.
Philip Hicks, Sport Development Officer at UWE Bristol and co-ordinator of the EDGE Programme, explains, “The transferable skills, work-based learning and experience Lydia has gained in the UNO role will put her in a very strong position when applying for teaching positions in the future.”
Lydia, who is in her third year at UWE Bristol, says, “Getting more and more women involved in the sport and being able to use my coaching and officiating skills has been an invaluable experience. The role has enhanced my CV, put me in a strong position to get a job after University and developed my leadership, communication and time management skills.”
The England Netball South West Goalden Globe Awards ensure that the remarkable contributions volunteers make to the sport in the region are recognised and celebrated.
Following her win at the regional awards, Lydia has now been shortlisted for the National Awards which take place in September 2014.
Tamara Getter, Sport Development Officer at UWE Bristol, says, “Lydia is an exceptional volunteer, with an infectious personality. She is hard working and very committed to making social netball at the University successful. Her engagement and enthusiasm has rightly been recognised. We wish her all the best at the National Awards.”