Regional students work at NRL practice match

Five students were given the opportunity to assist at the Melbourne Storm’s recent NRL practice match against Newcastle Knights.

Played at the Albury Sports Ground, the opportunity was provided by Richmond Institute’s Sports Industry Network partner, Albury Tigers.

Gabrielle Gibbons, Alex Brooks, Jasmine Smyth, Aidan Dealtry, and Isaac Rowlands were the students to assist on the day.

The roles they undertook included assisting on the gates, scanning tickets, helping with QR codes, working in the canteen and merchandise stalls, as well as COVID-19 marshalling.

Acting Campus Manager at the Albury/Wodonga campus, Todd Jeanes said it was awesome to see the Albury/Wodonga students leading the way with industry placement at the recent NRL practice match.

“Taking these opportunities when they arise in the region is integral to the skills, knowledge, and development of students, as well as local exposure and networking opportunities in the sports industry,” he added.

“We have a strong focus on industry connections and employability, and with the completion of a nationally recognised Diploma of Sport (Sport Development)/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50319/BSB51918) in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology.

“Coupled with local industry-based work experience, this can lead to a range of awesome opportunities for our students both locally and nationwide.” 

Gabrielle Gibbons described her role at the game.

“My main responsibility with COVID-19 marshalling was ensuring that people were social distancing and ensuring that all spectators were staying within their zone they were allocated in,” she said.

“It was very special, and I felt very proud and honoured to be working at an event with them, but also representing the Richmond Football Club.

“This was one to tick off from the bucket list.” 

Despite being in a regional area, the practice match is one of several opportunities there will be for students to undertake placement throughout the year.

 “My role entailed ensuring everyone did the QR code on entry, checking spectators tickets, and assisting those who had issues with scanning tickets,” Alex Brooks explained.

“I felt pretty special, especially while wearing a VIP lanyard which meant that I had access to all of the ground.

“If every placement is like that, it is going to be a pretty fun year.”

Richmond Institute is an affordable staffing solution for any schools and sporting organisations sourcing motivated tertiary students and graduates for roles of all levels.

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