Volunteers of the month – Luka and Karl-Erik

Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month: Luka Dretar & Karl-Erik Laid!

Luka Dretar – Futsal Activator and Activator of the Month (October)


As Futsal Activator, Luka has single handedly increased the number of students playing Futsal this year across our Get Active drop-in session and Campus Sport league.

Tasters week saw the drop-in session hit capacity, with the number of participants maintained throughout October. So far Luka has seen over 125 attendances across his 5 drop-ins. On top of this, before this year our Campus Sport Futsal league was showing a downwards trend in participation and it looked to be the same this year. Luka rolled up his sleeves, promoted well in person at the sessions and on social media. Our league now has more teams than over the last 3 years. 9 teams now compete every Thursday evening in a fun, social and competitive league.

Luka’s post match reports are also something to be admired. The break down of each match is always discussed whilst participants get clear information about what the results were, where they are in the league table and who they are playing next.

Luka is fulfilling the Activator role as part of his professional development unit within his Sports Management and Development degree. He is demonstrating that good time management, organisation and determination to do well can lead to success. We asked Luka how the role is helping him, Luka said:


“My Activator role has helped me experience and develop key management skills we covered throughout the three years of sport management course. I have become more confident in myself and my abilities. This opportunity is a great foundation for anyone looking for a career in the sport profession and I believe it will strongly benefit me, and the best part is… I’m enjoying every minute of it!”

Well done Luka, keep up the good work!


Karl-Erik Laid – Referee of the Month (October)

Karl completed his referee course through our Referee Hub last year and since then he has continued to excel as an official. His confidence in decision making has increased the more games he has refereed.


With the Campus Sport leagues only beginning in the last couple of weeks, Karl has been keen to referee as many games as he can to expand his knowledge of the game by doing his allocated fixtures and covering shifts, including officiating on community youth matches. He has also expressed interest in wanting to push for promotion highlighting his passion for the game. Certainly one to look for on the future in the top leagues.


Keep up the good work Karl!




Interested in becoming an Activator?

Our Activators and Coordinators are a team of student volunteers who help to run the ‘Get Active, Stay Active‘ programme. 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!

If you’re interested in becoming an Activator for a particular sport, or want to know more about our Get Active programme, please contact alex.cole@port.ac.uk.

Interested in becoming a Referee?

Our Referee Hub is one of the many sports development opportunities available to students at the University of Portsmouth. We help qualified coaches gain valuable experience through paid roles and placements within our leagues and local communities. We also help students to gain FA Basic Referee qualifications by covering all costs, in return for a few hours of referee volunteering. Applications are closing soon, so be quick.

If you’re interested in becoming a referee, or looking to help out officiate at our matches, please contact rachel.robilliard@port.ac.uk.


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