Coming out of Year 12 last year, Amity wasn’t sure of the path that she wanted to take, however, knew that her passion for sport was the pathway that she wanted to pursue.
Along came Richmond Institute.
Amity saw the course (Diploma of Sport/Diploma of Leadership and Management) as a new experience, as well as an opportunity to put her passion into practice.
Her main placement opportunities so far have come from the Richmond Football Club’s Fan Engagement team, as part of a season-long internship.
Throughout these placements, Amity assists to make the fans experience at the ground the best day or night out possible.
These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, escorting the team mascots around the arena, as well as helping out with fan activations on the MCG concourse.
Highlights are in abundance for her year so far, however creating memories that last longer than the game’s four quarters are the placement fulfill Amity the most.
Firstly, Amity was able to work with the team during the annual ANZAC Eve clash against the Demons.
Responsibilities on this special night included escorting the players out of the race and into position for the pre-game ceremony, as well as assisting the game day hosts including AFLW superstar, Sarah Hosking.
Most recently, Amity helped to escort the mascots during Richmond’s highly important Alannah & Madeline Foundation match, a cause which Amity was proud to be a small ambassador for on the night.
Finally, Amity was a key piece in helping a young fan see his dreams come true as part of the Make A Wish Foundation. Throughout this day, Amity liaised with the family and helped to facilitate interactions between Riley and the playing group.
“That was one of the most special moments to be a part of. I’ll never forget the smile on his face when he met Dusty.”
Her responsibilities aren’t just limited to game day. Occasionally, she is also assisting the Fan Engagement team during the week to decide on music choice and lighting displays for the upcoming game.
“Being privy to the behind-the-scenes operations is so surreal and I can’t help but absorb every little bit of information”.
Amity does not shy away from the fact that creating connections and networking with anyone that you come across is imperative for your professional growth.
Amity has also worked with the VFL events team, “putting my name up for any and all opportunity that is put forward.”
“Every time you bump into someone, there is an opportunity to put your name out there and progress”,
“Present yourself in the best manner, because you’re not sure who might be watching.”
Amity credits the course as the best decision she has ever made.
She’s a hands-on learner that thrives in an environment that allows her to do, rather than listen, and is appreciative of the real-world lessons that the course presents.
“There are endless opportunities to feed off mentors and teachers, and I am grateful for the amazing friends that I have made so far!”
This article was written by Andrew, a current Diploma of Sport/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50321/BSB50420) student studying in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology and the Richmond Football Club.