Activator of the Month (February): Emily Radford

Participants taking part in Learn-to Volleyball Lessons

Congratulations for our Activator of the Month, Emily Radford, our Volleyball Activator!


Emily is currently in her second year studying French and European Studies. Through her 10-week beginners courses, she has successfully engaged 37 participants in learn-to lessons. She has helped them them to learn the basics of volleyball and develop a passion for the sport!

In addition, Emily has also received highly positive feedback from her participants, with 91% of respondents rating her lessons 5/5 for enjoyment. Because of the popularity of her lessons, Emily has created a returners course. Starting in semester two, the new lessons will allow participants to improve on their technique and develop their skills further.


“I like the role because I get to introduce my sport to people who have never played before. Each week I can see them improve and develop a true understanding and good knowledge of the game. I love seeing people excited to play volleyball and getting stuck into the session. My hope is that sport continues to play a large role in my life but I also want to make use of my degree. I want to work with people with different cultures and different languages.” – Emily Radford

As a result of her hard work, Emily was recently asked to create a presentation as part of our Activator Training. As a recognised example of good practice, she shared her success and knowledge to help inspire the rest of the Get Active team.

Our Activators and Coordinators are a team of student volunteers who help to run the ‘Get Active, Stay Active‘ programme. Funded by Sport England, the programme is available all year round to students and staff at the University of Portsmouth. The sessions are either free-of-charge or at reduced costs. There are over 50 sessions a week in 25 sports available – and membership is free!

Interested in becoming an Activator for a particular sport? Or want to know more about our Get Active programme? Please contact Alex Cole ( to find out how you can be part of the team.