Dennis runs his own business in paddlesport coaching, consults for national teams and was named 2012’s Performance Coach of the Year by Canoe England.
Since graduating, Dennis has pioneered his own business in the applied field of paddlesport coaching, and provides services for both recreational and competitive paddlers. He has served as a performance coach and consultant for national freestyle teams, forming successful partnerships that have achieved European and World titles, and is currently the Performance Director for the GB Freestyle Team. He works closely with the British Canoe Union as a technical advisor on freestyle and white-water coaching, performance and leadership programmes.
His professional success is due to his natural skills as a paddler, as well as his passion and ability to pass these experiences and knowledge on to others.
He says: "My time at the University of Lincoln provided me with an opportunity to focus and gain a deep insight into my field of expertise, increasing my knowledge in key areas such as biomechanics, strength and conditioning, and physiology. My degree also enabled me to develop my communication skills and provided me with opportunities to work in teams, which has helped to improve my coaching. Through my experiences and commitment I have received recognition as being one of the most inspiring and influential paddlers in the industry, and in 2012 received the accolade of becoming Canoe England Performance Coach of the Year."
Joe says the experience he gained on his course allowed him to answer interview questions, land his current job and develop his coaching skills.
Joe works as a Sport Maker attached to a Sixth Form College. He says the experience he gained on his course greatly contributed to his getting the job, as it allowed him to develop his coaching skills and an appreciation of carrying out projects and partnerships.
He says: “The research emphasis on the course has led me to approach things in a reasoned way. An idea of mine, that my employers liked, has been to conduct a large survey of students to find out what factors will encourage them to be more active.
"At interview for my current role, I was able to answer the majority of questions about my ‘relevant experience’ with examples from University. It's been great to realise the relevance of delivering presentations as part of the course – an excellent experience when moving into work! The same can be said for the opportunity I had to present at the BASES National Conference."
Stuart gained coaching qualifications in five different disciplines alongside his degree, and went on to establish his own thriving coaching business.
Stuart graduated from the Sport Development and Coaching programme in 2009, having also gained NGB coaching badges in Football, Basketball, Rounders, Tag Rugby and Coaching Disabled Performers alongside his studies.
After graduating, Stuart went on to set up Multi Sport Pro, a thriving coaching business which specialises in the delivery of practical sessions to primary and secondary school children. In his role as managing director he liaises with schools, Head Teachers and School Sports Coordinators regarding their school sports provision, whilst also managing staff, accounts, marketing campaigns and recruitment.
A practical project in Alice’s final year helped her land her dream job after she graduated.
Alice graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours, and now works for the artsNK Dance Team as a Community and Youth Dance Coordinator.
She lists one of the highpoints of her degree as working with the artsNK Dance Team to organise a primary school dance festival as part of a practical project in her third year. She says: "It undoubtedly helped me to secure my current job as it gave me the opportunity to highlight my skill set and demonstrate the value I would bring to their organisation."
Alice also volunteers as a community organiser in Lincoln, supporting residents to deliver projects that improve their local areas, and she will begin a research Master’s degree at the University of Lincoln in Sport Development in October.
Florence works at the world-leading rehabilitation centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and says it is all down to a third-year module that opened her eyes.
Florence graduated in 2013, and is now working as a rehabilitation assistant at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. She found her ideal job after a module in health showed her that there were opportunities available other than sporting and performance roles.
Florence took advantage of many of the opportunities available to Sport Science students at Lincoln, including being Vice President of the Surfing Society, helping with PhD data collection, coaching in the community, completing work experience with the physiotherapy team at Lincoln Hospital, and assisting with the GP referral scheme.
"My lasting memory of Lincoln is how supportive the staff were, and how much encouragement and motivation they provided. I doubt I would have been as successful at any other university."
Placements, coaching projects and variety of modules helped Laurence land a place on a postgraduate degree to pursue his dreams of teaching physical education.
Since graduating with First Class Honours in 2013, Laurence has embarked upon an MSc in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status, with the intention of teaching in secondary schools.
He says his favourite thing about the course at Lincoln was the variety: “One lecture we would focus on the biomechanical characteristics of an athlete and how to improve their weakness, and the next we would be doing practical coaching on an organised placement (mine was teaching hockey!). This really allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of sport.”
During his degree, Laurence completed both a five-week placement at a local primary school, and a 20-hour coaching project, where he used state-of-the-art video technology to replay athletes’ performance and analyse them more critically.