Jodi Clark

Jodi Clark - BSc in Sport Development


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 contemporary society.

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 job.”

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 with.

“I’m particularly grateful to business manager Linda Carwardine and sports development manager Sara Nicholls for their expert insight and advice.”

Immediately after completing her exams in June 2013, Jodi moved down to Portsmouth for a month-long training period before starting work with Parkwood Leisure.

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 oversees.

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.