“The Module Sport & Facility / Event Management has contributed to my being a Project Manager Sports Events”

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.

Linda van Polen - Project Manager Sport Events - Johan Cruyff Institute

As part of the Module Sport & Facility / Event Management, Linda and her fellow students visited the Golf Dutch Open, where they enjoyed a golf clinic.

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.

Linda van Polen - Project Manager Sport Events - Johan Cruyff Institute

Linda van Polen as a volunteer at EURO2020.

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.

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Sport & Facility / Event Management

The Module Sport & Facility / Event Management is a eight month course that is designed for people with a passion for sport, who want to delve into the facility, hospitality and event industry. Through intense sessions and several sport site visits across the Netherlands, students gain new insights and they have the opportunity to expand their network in the sports industry.

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