Shortly after completing the Module Sport & Facility / Event Management, Linda van Polen started working as a Project Manager Sports Events at ATPI, where she is involved in the Champions League Final, among other activities.
Many people dream of working in the sports industry; the dynamic sports events and modern sports installations capture our imagination and are very appealing. This is one of the reasons why people with a passion for sports, choose to study the Module Sport & Facility / Event Management. One of them is Linda van Polen: “I had wanted to work in the sports world for a while, but because my education was not completely aligned, I noticed that it was difficult to enter this world. Within a month of completing the module in February of this year, I succeeded in entering the industry!” Linda started working as a Project Manager Sports Events at ATPI , a leading company in business travel and event management.
Congratulations with your new job! Can we say that the Module Sport & Facility / Event Management has met your expectations?
Certainly! In my new job I’m involved in the Finals of the Champions League, among other things, so I can say that the module has been very helpful for me. I believe the Module Sport & Facility / Event Management was the key to feeling that I have found my place at my new employer, and I am grateful for this.
Unfortunately, one event visit was canceled due to corona, but these were unforeseen circumstances. Nonetheless, I found it an insightful course, which I can recommend to anyone who wants to delve further into the sport events industry.
What new insights did you gain through this Module Sport & Facility / Event Management?
I had been thinking of working in the sports industry for some time, and during the Module Sport & Facility / Event Management I was certain that I wanted to develop myself further in this industry, and work in the sports event world. The module definitely enriched my knowledge about the sport facility & events industry, on an operational and organizational level.
I have particularly benefited from planning, pragmatic thinking, and preparing for an event on a project basis. Furthermore, creating a business plan about this year’s National Padel Championships in Zwolle (cover photo), and presenting it to my fellow students, has been very educational. I am eager to continue developing my skills further in this field.
And last but not least, thanks to core professor Paul ten Hag, the many guest speakers and my fellow students, I was able to expand my network in sports, during the classes, the guest lectures, event visits and network drinks.