Sunday, 10 July 2016
A University of Worcester graduate has secured a permanent post with a prestigious national sporting organisation.
Jeannie Mo has recently been promoted to Senior Coach Education Co-ordinator at Badminton England and believes her time at university paved the way to her current position.
The 23-year-old, who originally grew up in Edgbaston, Birmingham, has played the game for more than 10 years and still plays for Worcestershire County.
The Sports Coaching Development graduate played a key role in establishing a ladies’ team at the University.
She took on the captaincy role for her final two years, leading the team to second place in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges) league in 2014.
But Jeannie was also Badminton Higher Education Officer at the University for more than two years, taking on responsibility for promoting badminton and setting up sessions for students and the wider community.
Through this she came into contact with Badminton England, based in Milton Keynes, and after her final year she was offered a month’s work experience there.
Jeannie chose to work with the regional development team in the West Midlands.
Soon after a post in the Education and Training team became available and the University’s liaison at Badminton England suggested she apply.
Jeannie worked part-time in a temporary role for a year before she was offered her new permanent full-time position.
The former Selly Park Technology College student is now responsible for organising and promoting the coaching education courses that run all over the country for assistant and independent coaches.
Jeannie told how volunteering had really helped her network in the badminton community.
She said: “I had opportunities to network with the County Sport Partnership which was based at the university.
“The staff at the university that got me volunteering for Badminton England helped in getting me known to them and eventually getting a job here.
“I would definitely recommend current students to get involved in clubs or societies.
“Not only does that help you meet new people of similar interests, it helps you feel responsible for what happens in the club.”