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Dan Janowski

BSc (Hons) Sports Performance Coaching

Graduated 2014

Dan Janowski

This course is for you if you want to challenge yourself, if you want to learn from some of the best professionals in the industry and most importantly, if you want to make yourself employable on completion of your degree. Sports coaching is about educating and inspiring others.

How did university prepare you for your career?

Well, it isn't handed to you on a plate, so just your degree alone will not guarantee you employment. However, it WILL present you with various opportunities to volunteer within your chosen industry, working with industry professionals at the highest levels and allow you to research and understand the theories and underpinning knowledge to give you the solid foundations of an accomplished sports coach.

What's your favourite Solent memory?

On our first day, we were asked a very simple question. "Who is here to graduate with a first class degree?" I thought, 'absolutely no chance, not me.  But what the heck.' I stuck my hand up anyway; only two of us in the entire class did. Needless to say, we both graduated with a first. Self-fulfilling prophecy perhaps, or just hard work?

In one sentence, what is sport coaching?

The capacity to inspire and educate anyone through the medium of sport.

Tell us a little about your career story so far.

I started my company - Active8 Minds - in 2014, on a budget of £5,000 with my neighbour (a former IBM employee). We essentially offer sports education and childcare for children aged 3-16 throughout Hampshire and the surrounding areas. We see on average 2,000 children every week, have nine full-time employees and 14 part-time members of staff. Our current turnover is in excess of £350,000, showing a healthy profit, and we are on target to hit £500,000 turnover by 2019.

Tell us about what you are doing now and what it involves – a typical working day.

My current role as the company director varies from the day to day running of the business, staff salaries and finances, marketing, sales, business development and HR (something I had no experience in at all).

What’s your career highlight so far?

I do not have a particular highlight, as there a many small ones. Being able to to provide a good life for my family is very important to me as is providing an exceptional service to children and schools throughout Hampshire.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in your industry?

Don't give up when the going gets tough. Attend every seminar, practical and lab session. Volunteer and help out as much as you can. And, just as important, look smart, be smart. 

Community Innovation Programme Symposium
Coaching Innovation Programmes
Solent's Community Innovation Programme (CIP) gives students from BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development the opportunity to make a real impact in the local community. Students are tasked with developing a project that uses coaching, sport or physical activity to address social needs. Areas of activity include physical education, school sport, crime, disability, ageing populations and women’s participation
The coaching innovation symposium
Coaching innovation symposium
Projects are presented at the annual Coaching Innovation Symposium. This is a chance for project teams to receive feedback and network. The Community Innovation Programme helps graduates to launch their career in sport development by offering them valuable real-world insight.
Students talking to participants
Walk Hard, Play Hard - Coaching Innovation Project
The Walk Hard, Play Hard coaching innovation project (CIP) group delivers weekly walking football sessions every Friday for participants aged 50+.One of the participants said: "The session was fun because it brought ex-players together who loved – and still miss – playing football. It meant that we could kick a ball between ourselves and bring out that youth in all of us. Great for keeping fit.
Girls trying healthy brownies at rugby practice
Nutrition Rugby Girls - Coaching Innovation Project
Coaching innovation project Nutrition Rugby Girls (NRG), looks to introduce rugby to girls between 11-14, while also educating them about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating.
Ladies only fitness club
Helping the community
The Ladies Only programme was created by Solent graduate intern, Amy Woodford. Along with help from our sports development and coaching students, Amy ran a 12-week community fitness course aimed at helping women of South Asian descent increase their participation in exercise by providing a comfortable environment to deliver a programme based on their needs.
Fraser Ford and others on the CIMSPA youth panel
Solent student appointed to CIMSPA youth panel
MA Sport Development and Management student Fraser Ford has been selected to sit on the CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) Youth Panel. The Youth Panel has been created to provide CIMSPA with an authentic, contemporary perspective from young people who are involved in the sport and physical activity sector.
Sports students at the rugby stadium
Sports students study England team ahead of Six Nations
Six Solent University sports students got a sneak peek at what Wales will be up against during their clash with England during the Six Nations match in February, when they were given the opportunity to watch a training session, as part of the England Rugby Mentorship Programme.