Name: Jacon Meaton
Course: BSc Sport Science, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Level of study: BSc, MSc
Graduation Year: 2012 and 2014
Current Employer: Basketball England
Job Title: Secondary School Development Officer
Current Duties- Basketball England
- Day to day running of the Dynamik National School Competition and devising strategies to improve the structure of the competition
- Organize the Dynamik National School Games Final 2015
- International Schools Federation competition 2015. Organise on behalf of Basketball England schools to travel and compete in Lamoges, France
- Construct and implement a participation strategy for secondary schools. Looking particularly at increasing female participation and participation rates through community basketball
- Working effectively alongside secondary schools and counties in England on a daily basis to ensure the promotion and delivery of Basketball reaches its fullest potential.
Story so far
I came to Bangor in 2009 from Luton and studied Sport science for three years which I really enjoyed. I loved the university life and tried out a few new sports along the way! I also helped to run a wheelchair basketball club in Caernarfon which I was head coach and chairperson at (and still currently am) and volunteered with the Special Olympic Bangor group which a number of postgraduate students and staff helped to set up and run. Whilst studying I became very interested in the Sport Psychology aspects of my course and decided that I wanted to take this further at a post graduate level.
I was fortunate enough to get this funded through the ATM programme with Mencap Cymru as my third party company. In return I worked as a support work on a Mencap project and my dissertation focused on people with downs syndrome. This was great fun and I loved my MSc year. After completing my MSc dissertation I worked for Mencap as a support worker as I wanted to stay in Bangor and raise a bit of money. I then started applying for jobs and had a few interviews before landing myself my current job at Basketball England!
What I miss most about Bangor...
- The place! I love it around this area and the area is just beautiful. I came from a dull town so coming here was fascinating for me.
- The people. I made plenty of great friends at university and also playing local football, wheelchair basketball, and volunteering. Also the staff at the SSHES department I have to admit were top guys.
- Welsh. I don’t hear it much anymore…
Anything else you would like to share about your time in SSHES…
I would just say that I would recommend to any about studying sport at Bangor. If you give a lot and push yourself you will definitely get a lot back and the staff will do the same.