Update – To register your interest (no obligations yet), CLICK HERE and enter your email address to be sent the Mentorship Survey.
After what started as a flippant Facebook post, this has become a real possibility! Currently this is still an idea but if you are willing to help us ‘plan’ it, it may well just go ahead. What we really need to know is what would people be looking to get out of a nutrition course / mentorship! We don’t want to run something where people aren’t going to be completely satisfied with what they have paid for! This whole idea came out of an email we received from a nutritionist who asked if about internships. Our work doesn’t lend itself fantastically to work shadowing but a nutrition course / mentorship weekend for instance could certainly be organised in a way that ‘practical’ experience was a focus.
The things we would need to know are:
1. What kind of time commitment would you want to give or see me give for that matter!
- 1 full day
- 1 weekend
- 2 separate days (so that you do not have to find accommodation)
- 2 weekends
(Please bare in mind that the greater the time commitment, the greater the cost.)
2. When would you want the course to run? (Month/Time of year)
3. Resources you would like to go away with. Key learning outcomes etc! (This is perhaps the most important question!)
4. What content would you want to cover? Please include everything you would want perhaps in order of preference.
Below is what the aforementioned nutritionist came up with:
In terms of the internship – for me i would like to learn how you work with athletes – from the initial consultations to the testing , dietary and supplement advice, the things you consider , and how you progress and monitor them. I would like to find out how you spend a typical day – research tips – learn the best places and people to seek professional guidance from (far too many people saying too many different things). Appropriate books and courses that you recommend – tools you use for monitoring body fat, weight, hydration testing and so on.
I guess the main thing for me would be to have the opportunity to bring back home some skills i could use in sports nutrition in my local area, for weekend warriors , local club level athletes – I want to work with rugby clubs and football clubs local to my area – and learning a good protocol to insure I am covering all the necessary requirements – what to look out for – what to consider and so on.
I am still studying sports nutrition – so to compliment my course and walk away feeling I could happily sit in front of an athlete and support them nutritionally would be good. I assume the knowledge will come , but in my experience – learning from a book is not enough – it is the practical/reality of it all.
So that’s your starting point! This nutrition course / mentorship, if it goes ahead, will have an applied focus so you will need at least some background knowledge of nutrition/health/exercise. It would be right for anyone who has done a degree in anything sciency, most practicing personal trainers, people who have done dietetics but want CPD in sports nutrition, serious fitness enthusiasts, those who have done vocational nutrition qualifications etc. When it gets down to booking places feel free to contact us if you’re not sure if this is going to be the right level for you.
So, please leave your answers below. So long as the website is working correctly you should be able to leave a comment below just by putting in your name and email address. Or you can use your Facebook/Twitter account to leave a comment. If you are unable to leave a comment below you are probably not cut out for this hypothetical mentorship
Update on the Nutrition Course / Mentorship
Thank you for all your feedback, we are now running student and professional mentorship programmes! For more details and to apply, please CLICK HERE. Places will be allocated based on merit, on a first come, first served basis and therefore applications will close once all positions have been filled; get your application in early to increase your chances of success.