Lismore’s Jack Quigley is thrilled to have been accepted for an internship with Notts County FC in Nottingham, England.
Jack, a Southern Cross University Sport Tourism Management student, was happy to share his news with the Far North Coaster.
Congratulations Jack. How do you feel about being accepted?
It feels great, I had hoped to secure a position at a football club somewhere in England, but figured it would be with a small club so I could cut my teeth. When I heard that Notts County were interested in taking me on, I was willing to do whatever possible to make sure I got the gig. I was in Dubai refereeing at a rugby 7’s tournament in November last year, and when the tournament finished I flew to England to meet with the people at the club to show them how keen I was, obviously they were impressed!
What is an internship and what are the day to day tasks that you will be involved in?
Part of my degree requires me to undertake an internship with a sports or tourism organisation, truth be told the tourism side doesnt interest me a great deal so I was always going to chase an internship at a football or cricket club. My role at the club will be working with their marketing department, so day to day tasks will be things like visiting schools to promote the club and help with Notts County’s Football in the Community scheme which aims to keep kids on the right track by getting them to spend their spare time kicking a football rather than getting into trouble, and also simple things like interviewing fans and members to find out what they think the club can do better, and what is going to make coming to a game at Meadow Lane (Notts County’s stadium) a more enjoyable experience.
Why Notts County FC?
When I was chasing an internship I sent out about 50 emails to football clubs across the UK. I think I got about 6 or 7 replies! County are a massive club, actually the oldest football league club in the world! They have a rich history and a great fan base and stadium, to be able to start my career there is like being given a head start in the business of sports management, it’s a great name to have on the CV!
Are there similar opportunites available in Australia?
Hopefully one day soon, football is growing so fast in Australia now, the A-League is going strong and is just about to introduce two new teams and the Socceroos have just qualified for next year’s World Cup. Football is becoming more and more popular, so hopefully my experience with a club like Notts County will help me to land a similar role at a club in Australia who want to try and market themselves well and to get a foot in the crowded market place that is Australian sport, with rugby union, rugby league and Aussie rules all competing with football for the people’s disposable income.