Jacob Meaton

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.