“It has opened my eyes to how many avenues are available in the sport.” These are the words of ACPE Bachelor of Sports Business graduate Tayla Kafoa, who jumped at the opportunity to complete an internship with the Big Bash League’s Sydney Thunder. She can’t say enough about how great the experience has been.
“I have always played sport, particularly cricket, and this is my chance to see how big companies deliver sporting events,” Tayla said.
As part of her summer internship, Tayla is helping the ticketing and membership team prepare for the start of the season. “There is so much to organise for the members and events,” Tayla explained. “I’m checking guest lists, run sheets and bookings. We’re a small team so it’s all hands on deck.”
Tayla credits her mentor and manager, Dan, with helping her to find her feet in the fast-paced environment. “It was good to be thrown in the deep-end, but also good to be able to ask someone questions,” she said. “I’ve put in long hours because I want to learn as much as I can and I want to leave a good impression with all the managers. A good reference from them will definitely help my career,” Tayla said.
For current ACPE student, Matt Williamson, the internship has given him experience in a sport other than his own. “I play and coach rugby league with my local team and I’m trying to figure out whether I also want to work in the same sport,” Matt said.
An electrician for almost 10 years before he pursued a career in sport, Matt enjoys being part of the Sydney Thunder events and match day team. “I’m inspired by how the senior managers coordinate everything at once and how they deal with so many different people,” Matt said.
In this role, Matt has been sorting out tickets, parking and event day packages for members, fans and players’ guests. He’s also had the opportunity to experience a practice match and a fan day at Rouse Hill.
“It’s so exciting to see how much the fans, especially the children, enjoy interacting with the players. It really makes their day,” Matt said. “It feels so good to be a part of making that possible.”
When asked why he thought internship was important, Matt had this to say.
“You’ve got to get out there, get involved and meet people. Good marks help, but it’s the networks you create that really help your career.”