Gwen heard about Sport Studies, took the opportunity, and applied
Graduate Sport Studies
'I really enjoyed the Sport Development minor.'
Gwen has the Dutch nationality, but has lived most of her life in Dubai, where she attended a British school. When she heard about Sport Studies - track ISMB, she took the opportunity and applied. In the first year she went on 2 international fieldtrips. In London for example, she visited the location of the 2012 Olympics. These fieldtrips provided her with some first-hand experience of how sport is organised and regulated.
Internship Anglo-American School Moscow
'In my second year, I did my 3-month internship at the Anglo-American School in Moscow as an assistant to the Athletics Director. I helped setting up and executing a basketball event, as well as providing a plan on how to improve their sport facilities. I learned about the variables and amount of people needed for a successful event to take place. It felt like a huge compliment when the event ran smoothly and everyone enjoyed it.'
Field trip to Bosnia
'In the third year I chose the Sport Development minor which included a field trip to Bosnia. This trip revolved around how sport can be used to bring people together and to create a community which betters the local population. Before going to Bosnia, we got in contact with a Karate Club and raised money to buy them necessary materials such as a heating system and mirrors. We also helped refurbish a room at the Karate Club where children could go and study during the day. It was great to see the impact that we could make within a week.'
'I really enjoyed the Sport Development minor. Besides using sport as a tool for development, sport itself can be developed. A change in a sport club, for example, could be to have wheelchair access everywhere, or to have a para team train at the same time as the non-disabled, to make them feel more included. I definitely see myself working on developing sport in the future.'
Internship JK58 event management company
'My strategic internship in year 4 was at JK58; an events management company in Dubai which organises sport events in the Middle East for well-known sports brands, such as Nike and Reebok. I chose JK58 because of the partners the company works with as it provides me with a great opportunity to build my network in the sports world.'
Research study at JK58
'During my internship I researched ways to get more people to participate in the events of JK58 by looking at how other countries organise their events, as well as looking at event trends. I worked with their clients as well as going to events to ask the participants for their insight.'