Co-op Work term at SportAbility

Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
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Organization Information
Organization: 
SportAbility CP Sports of BC
Organization Profile: 
SportAbility is a not-for-profit charity organization that provides sporting and leisure activities to people of all ages with physical disabilities in BC.
City: 
Surrey
Country: 
CANADA;CA
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Sports Development Intern
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
My responsibilities consist of a lot of organizing, donation requests, emails, and follow ups on the tasks I was assigned. 90% of the time I am working in the office from the computer.
Projects / Initiatives: 
My main projects assigned to me were: - Recruiting and training at least 5 new Power Soccer referees for Power Soccer Provincials. I also had to help assist our sports development coordinator with setting up the gym, score keep, refferee, and linesman. - Create, advertise, and run a 7-Aside-Soccer summer program for youth with physical disabilities. - Host a fundraiser to raise money for the organization and it's athletes and members. - Attend an Easter Seals camp and present sporting opportunities for campers with a disability
What did you learn: 
I have learned about the importance of being organized, vocal and persistent. This job requires contacting a lot of people and/or companies and you have to be persistent, professional and very organized in order to keep things running smoothly.
Tips / Advice: 
Like I said previously, you have to be very organized for this job. Lots of emails and phone calls are made throughout the day and you need to keep track of all of them in order for you to succeed in your task. I spent a lot more time in the office than I had hoped for this job, so if you are looking for a more hands on Co-op work term, this probably isn't for you. If you are a very organized and outgoing person who likes to plan events, this is a great job for you.

Coming into this co-op term I expected a lot more hands-on type work, working with people with physical disabilities. Unfortunately, a lot of my time was spent in the office, which was what I liked least about this job. Also, since it a charity organization I spent a lot of time looking for donations and sending out requests, which I personally found very repetitive and boring.

 

On the plus side, when I did get to work with people with physical disabilities I had incredible experiences. Helping organize, run, and reff the power soccer provincials was a real highlight of my summer. When I organized and hosted a pub night fundraiser, I helped raise over $1,400 towards an amazing cause. My greatest highlight of the summer was creating the first youth 7-aside Soccer program for children with physical disabilities. I organized, advertised and coached this camp. I taught the kids the basics of soccer, incorporating drills, games, and scrimmages. The children always had such a good time and always left with smiles on their faces!

 

All in all, this co-op term was a great experience. Not only did it benefit me by introducing me to a whole new world of sporting activities and allowing me to meet new people, but my hard work and dedication benefited several athletes and members with physical disabilities, and that is truly a great feeling! :)