Bucks student secures coaching internship with England Hockey at Bisham Abbey National Sport Centre
Tom Ramsell, a final-year BSc (Hons) Sports Science student was selected to take on the coaching role after seeing it advertised on the Sport England website.
Based at the renowned Bisham Abbey, one of Sport England's national sports centres, Tom spent eight hours a week working alongside coaches and assessors of England Hockey.
The former student of The Grange School in Aylesbury said: "I'm passionate about sport and was excited when I saw a chance to work with England Hockey advertised. My job is to assist the Coaching Officers and the Regional Administrators in organising and carrying out assessment days to help aspiring hockey coaches progress through the coaching badges.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals and learn important on-the-job skills that will benefit my career after I graduate."
Tom, who is part of an initiative run by Bucks New University known as the Business of Sport Mentoring Programme, was supported in his internship application by his mentor Tom Baker, the Commercial Partnerships Director at UK Sport, and the English Institute of Sport.
The programme, developed with the University's Careers and Employability Service, enables students such as Tom to be mentored by high-profile sports figures, including Paralympic gold medallist Naomi Riches MBE.
Paul Morgan, Head of Sport at the University, said: "An internship at Bisham Abbey is a fantastic opportunity for Tom to consolidate his learning and gain an insight into working at one of the UK's most successful national governing bodies. I understand that Tom has also recently been offered the chance to extend his role further working full time until he commences his MSc Strength & Conditioning in September which is a credit to him."