Sports Marketing students at the University of Northampton gave a further example of the growing stature of the course by successfully planning and implementing a charity golf tournament.
The event, hosted at Collingtree Park Golf Club, brought together students and industry professionals to enjoy a round of golf on the championship course. This was then followed by an excellent buffet and presentation ceremony. The entire event was voluntarily organised by a team of first and second year students, in order to gain experience of the events management field.
Despite a wide variety of golfing ability, and some poor weather, the tournament was well received by everyone. Second year student and participant Kurt Spence said: “The event itself was put on very well; it will easily become an annual event with the success of such a great golf course, great food and great organisation.
“We all had a good experience, met some new faces and helped a charity. I was glad to be a part of it and will definitely be going next year.”
A 'handicap' system ensured a closely contested competition, with all profits made from the day going to the National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia Cancer Trust. After the positive responses, there are already plans in place to make this an annual event.
From a student perspective, the opportunity to embark in projects outside of the classroom will only help build confidence for the future, and second year student George Bailey said: “It was a challenging but rewarding experience being involved in the planning of the charity golf day.
“During my time at University I have helped organise other events, however, I have never worked in such a small team with such responsibility. From an organiser's perspective, I believe it was a great event and has promising scope to be improved next year.”