Laura Haines

Qualification & subject:
Diplomas Level 3 National Extended Diploma Sport (Physical Education & Coaching)
Volunteering at Children’s Home in India

What I did on my work experience

I spent my half-term break volunteering at Kollegal Girl’s Home in India, teaching disadvantaged girls between the ages of four and 20 sports such as volleyball, athletics and baseball. You think that teaching children in England is tough, but over in India it’s an entirely different experience. It really put my skills to the test as a coach and I learned so much from being there. A lot of the girls at the home were really talented sportswomen, with some even playing at a district level. Helping them to train and practice was a real honour. Learning how to adapt my coaching style and overcome cultural barriers was hard but I feel it’s improved me as a coach. I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I can use different methods in different situations to put my points across. I ended up using a lot of what I learned in my first year at Hartpury and spent a lot of time drawing on activities which we had practiced and tailoring them to suit the learning styles of the girls at the home.