Creating a sports portfolio is probably hands down my favourite element of applying for sports scholarships. It’s an opportunity to let your creative bug create, and seeing the end result with your own eyes is a very proud and liberating moment. While it is a time to be creative, you must also be taking steps to ensure you are keeping it professional and organised, to create a lasting impression on coaches that will resonate with them until they finally get to recruit you. Here are 5 simple steps to ensure you are keeping a professional look to your sports portfolio:
1- Be very clear on where to be creative, and where to be professional. Some sections of your sports portfolio are free for creativity, however, some need to be kept simple, sleek, and professional. One way to remember this is that everything the coach NEEDS to know (contents page, game and individual stats, grades, work etc) should be kept professional, while anything that coaches would LIKE to know about you, get creative.
2- Use your sports brand consistently. Your brand, is ‘you’ on paper. Coaches and other college staff will come to recognise everything about your brand when used consistently. Nothing screams professional more than your own personal sports brand. So get cracking and create a brand today. Join Promoting Elevating Athletes by following this link if you would like to learn how to create your own personal sports brand https://mailchi.mp/d2e37d7ced4e/joinpromotingelevatingathletes
3- Place your logo on every page you send to coaches, teachers, admissions staff and so on. Your logo is your identifier. When staff come to know your logo, you will find you have a much higher email open rate. Staff already know your logo, loved what you submitted previously, and will open and click through again. I do recommend that you only keep your logo very small on your pages, either at the header or footer on the opposite corner to your page number. A coach can also set up their emails to notify them when you send something new, and set them up for regular review, so place your logo everywhere. It beats no photo and just a name, any day of the week.
4- Keep your fancy bold fonts for the creative sections. While it may seem like a small detail, it can have a very big effect. When you are putting together the simple, professional sections, it is advised that you use a font like Times New Roman or Ariel with a 14pt size for headings, and a 12pt font for regular text. Don’t use bold or italics. These can be hard to read. You can underline headings for a sleek effect.
5- Don’t use colour! Save the colourful aspects for the creative elements. Colour can distract the eye, and it can be hard to read. Just use a plain black text. A border can be added to the professional sections to give off a sleek look but you need to keep these thin and black. You should only have black and white on all of your professional sections, with the exception of your logo.
6- Have a page number on every page except the cover and contents pages. Always make sure you are keeping the contents page up to date with the rest of your document. Double check that you have page numbers on every page, and they match the corresponding sections on your contents page, every time you are ready to send a copy out.
Creating a sports portfolio doesn’t have to be daunting or difficult. There are only a few simple rules to follow, and you could produce a visually pleasing sports portfolio that coaches will melt over, pushing them to take action, initiating contact with you before another coach does. As long as you know where to be professional, and where to be creative, you will have a killer sports portfolio that no coach will push aside. Join Promoting Elevating Athletes today for more great resources, tips, tools, and strategies on how to gain entry into college/university on a sports scholarship, just follow this link https://mailchi.mp/d2e37d7ced4e/joinpromotingelevatingathletes to be taken there directly. I hope to see you there, until then, take care. Yours in sport, Brooke Hamilton.