SIX students studying Sport Marketing/Management and Event Management courses at Manchester Met have had the opportunity to work alongside the Event Management team at Manchester City Women’s Football Club (MCWFC).
The students worked with staff at the football club to support the delivery of match day activities. This experience involved attending meetings with the events team on either the morning or the afternoon prior to the fixture as well as supporting activities on the match day itself. The students had the opportunity to be involved in a range of experiences, as the matches not only included Women’s Super League fixtures but also Champions League matches, Premier League fixtures and Elite Development Squad (EDS) games.
As part of this experience, students were able to undertake a variety of tasks, including drafting a script for the Academy Stadium announcer and developing a brief for other match day volunteers at an EDS match. In addition, students also supported the development and delivery of a Grand National themed activation, involving, fun horse racing relating competitions for fans to get involved with to win prizes, which took place on City Square prior to the premier league fixture between MCFC and West Bromwich Albion FC.
Through these experiences, the students were able to gain an insight into the sheer amount of effort that is required to organise matches. Commenting on this experience, Nathan Lawrenson, first year Sport Management student, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into a professional club.”
Ranvir Thiarra, third year Sport Marketing student, also stated that: “The opportunity to work for one of England’s biggest football clubs was something I applied to immediately as I knew it would help strengthen my C.V. This was a great experience and something I highly recommend for other students.”
Catherine Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Sport Management, said: “The opportunity for students to gain real-life experience with employers provides a vital experience which enhances the skills the students gain in the classroom and supports them on their journey to becoming Early Career Professionals.”
To find out more about the partnership or sign up for free MCWFC home match tickets, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/mcwfc/