Sporting success for Development graduate Jodi
When Jodi Clark left her hometown of Lincoln in 2010 to start university, it was the outstanding reputation of the School of Sport which had made Cardiff Met her first choice.
Passionate about sport from an early age, Jodi played hockey for
Lincolnshire County and represented her secondary school in a number of
teams, including tennis, athletics and basketball.
Kickboxing black belt and international competitor Jodi said: “When I
left school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but my kickboxing
instructor put me in touch with a sports lecturer at a local university
and I got the idea of a career in leisure.”
Whilst obtaining her BTEC in Sports Coaching, Development and
Fitness, Jodi was advised by a college lecturer that Cardiff Met was the
best institution to continue her sporting studies.
Jodi commented: “Although it’s a long way from home,
I never doubted Cardiff Met as my number one choice. I’d always wanted
to move to Wales as I have good friends in Bridgend.”
Jodi initially applied to study for a Bachelors degree in Sport and Physical Education, but transferred to the Sport Development course in 2011.
Cardiff Met’s Sport Development degree gives students the opportunity
to challenge their preconceptions about the rapidly expanding industry
and encourages them to question the meaning and purpose of sport in
Course content considers the macro and micro components of effective
sport development, from sport management and policy to marketing and the
structure and resourcing of sport.
Happy in her new path of study, in 2012 Jodi took on part-time work
helping to run the Fitness Centre and National Indoor Athletics Centre
on the university’s Cyncoed campus.
She said: “Working in a sports facility gave me
insight into a career which complimented my studies, and hands-on
experience of managing things like gym facilities, inductions, and
bookings – that’s been really advantageous in my search for a graduate
Speaking about her time at Cardiff Met, Jodi said: “I really
appreciate all the support I received at university to help prepare me
for graduate life, both from academic tutors and the people I worked
“I’m particularly grateful to business manager Linda Carwardine and
sports development manager Sara Nicholls for their expert insight and
Immediately after completing her exams in June 2013, Jodi moved down
to Portsmouth for a month-long training period before starting work with
She is now a full-time trainee duty manager and responsible for
running two small leisure sites in Portsmouth, training other staff,
managing stock and providing reports on the various facilities she
Jodi commented: “Since graduation I’ve started work properly and been
given a lot of responsibility quite quickly. I’m really enjoying it,
especially the operational side of things.”
Under the spotlight:
2008 Started BTEC in Sports Coaching, Development and Fitness
2010 Started BSc Sport and Physical Education at Cardiff Met
2011 Changed degree course to Sport Development
2012 Started volunteering at Sport Cardiff and working at Cyncoed Fitness Centre
2013 Graduated Cardiff Met and started work as Trainee Duty Manager at Parkwood Leisure
Find out more about Sport Development at Cardiff Met.