International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) Bachelor of Sports Management students were recently offered a window into the industry in which they are poised to enter through the Inaugural Sydney Sports Summit held at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Sports Summit, held on 20 October, was set up by ICMS, in partnership with University of Technology, Sydney, and was attended by 50 students who were addressed by 15 guest speakers, all experts in their fields within the sports industry.
“The purpose of the Sports Summit was to bring to life the strategic goals and values of ICMS – namely, to offer a first-class student experience; to provide a means by which our students can engage with industry leaders within the sports sector; and finally, to demonstrate to our students that ICMS is committed to a culture of excellence,” Sports Summit Director and GM Sports ICMS, Ian Evans said.
The keynote speaker was John Boultbee AM, the former director of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and former Football Federation Australia (FFA) Head of High Performance. Other guest speakers were from the fields of strategic sports management, sponsorship, fan engagement, operations and facility management, sports psychology, athlete career education and welfare, and marketing and digital innovation.
“The Sports Summit was an outstanding success,” Evans said. “The venue (SCG Trust Suite) overlooking the majestic Sydney Cricket Ground was simply world-class, and to have a range of expert guest speakers from sports such as football, rugby union, AFL, cricket, basketball and rugby league speaking to our students about the innovative changes within their respective sports was an amazing way for our students to connect what they learn in the classroom to what is occurring in the professional sports sector.”
ICMS Sports Management student Tess James Barker attended the Sports Summit, and said the event gave her the opportunity to network with fellow students and sports colleagues.
“The summit really opened my eyes to the roles and responsibilities of sports industry professionals and inspired me to continue pursuing my passion of working in the sports sector,” she added.
ICMS Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Auld, welcomed the inaugural Sports Summit as an excellent addition to the ICMS Sports Management degree program of events.
“The Summit is significant for a number of reasons. It marks a new era of cooperation with UTS and, importantly, consolidates the high standing of ICMS with a range of key sport industry stakeholders,” Professor Auld said.
“Furthermore, the Summit provided a great opportunity for ICMS students to not only hear and learn from leading experts, but to also interact with them as well as other student in the same field of study.”
For more information on the ICMS Bachelor of Sports Management program, click here: https://www.icms.edu.au/course/bachelor-sports-management-0