Local sports internships lead to big international event opportunities

by frank-stuart

ACPE students Nathan Brady and Matt Williamson never imagined their university degree would catapult them to international event experience in Thailand. Both say they got the opportunity to be at the 2017 Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) Games because they put their hands up to work with local clubs.

While studying a Bachelor of Sport Business, Nathan Brady worked for Athletics NSW as a marketing intern and helped out with events. He also participated in the NRL Business Academy and for six months, did work experience with the Manly Sea Eagles.

“I’m sure these internships got me the position in Thailand and will keep me a step ahead of my peers when it comes to finding full-time employment,” Nathan said.

The FOBISIA Games are held each year for various age groups. Previously hosted by a school, this year for the first time, Sports Camp Australia (SCA) ran the Games. A partnership between SCA and ACPE, gave three ACPE students the exclusive opportunity for an all-expenses-paid trip to Thailand to support the FOBISIA Games Event Director.

Working consecutively as the Director’s right-hand men, Nathan and Matt were responsible for ensuring everything was set up and operating as planned for the different sports tournaments. From having adequate water and snacks for the students, to looking after employee welfare and also running various parts of the competition, the pace was fast and furious.

“We were part of a small team leading a local support crew coordinating events for hundreds of students,” Nathan said. “With the language and cultural differences, it was challenging but we also got a lot of hands-on experience,” he said. “At the end of each competition, the positive feedback from the coaches and kids made it all worthwhile.”

Matt Williamson also braved the heat and humidity in Thailand to gain valuable international sports event experience. Currently halfway through his Bachelor of Sport Business, Matt previously did work experience with the Big Bash League’s Sydney Thunder. He also volunteers with the Sydney Kings and loves it. This has led to other opportunities, including event experience at the Bledisloe Cup. The FOBISIA Games was his first time working overseas.

“It was great to be part of the Games,” Matt said. “The venues were world-class and I enjoyed meeting and working alongside everyone, from the local staff through to the SCA Board of Directors and other sports professionals, such as the Director from Nike Sports Camps America. Plus, it was great to see how keen the kids and the coaches were to win and how much fun they had.”

Showing that passion and hard work pay off, the FOBISIA Games experience has already led Matt to his next big opportunity. “I’ll be at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as an Associate Producer for the table tennis,” Matt said.

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