Student Spotlight: Tenille

Current Diploma of Sport (Sport Development)/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50319/BSB51918) student Tenille Kirk has shed light on her experiences in the course.

Like all students, Kirk has had the opportunity to immerse herself in the world of sport.

She said the constant support given by staff members enhances the potential to get involved with partner organisations.

“From the start, I could tell that all staff had a genuine care for us, students, wanting us to be as successful as possible,” she explained.

“They want to make sure that we take all opportunities that will advance us in our development and to meet our goals.”

Tenille has found herself completing a Commercial Internship at the Essendon Football Club as part of her industry placement.

Her current position includes various duties such as creating membership boxes, observing the club’s social media analytics, and shadowing the Commercial team on game days.

When asked what her biggest highlight of the internship has been so far, she said working on game days was a clear highlight.

“Assisting the Commercial team at the Essendon and Fremantle game is a standout,” she said.

“I had the privilege to help with the coin toss at the beginning of the game and choosing competition winners at the quarter time breaks.

“It remains a highlight during my time in placement, immersing me into the AFL culture and experiencing so many exciting new things.”

Richmond Institute encourages students to participate in placements to assist in supporting their own professional and personal growth.

“I have been able to witness behind-the-scenes and have learned a lot of organisational and management skills,” Tenille explained.

“I have sat in on meetings with corporate partners, allowing me the opportunity to understand the skills necessary for conducting a meeting of importance, asking questions, and getting the outcome we had expected.”

When asked what advice she would give to future students of the program, Tenille emphasized that students should give they are all.

“Take every opportunity that comes your way and try your hardest to get your foot in the door as early as possible,” she said.

“Enjoy class, engage with your peers, and get out of your comfort zone.”

Tenille continued her placement with the Essendon Football Club for the remainder of the home and away season. 


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