The Institute for Sport Business experience
Ahead of the Institute for Sport Business Careers Syposium on Friday (22 March 2019), we caught up with Arnav, a Sport Business and Leadership alumnus, to find out more about his experience studying an Institute for Sport Business programme.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your year at Loughborough University London
I moved to London in September 2017 to pursue an MSc in Sport Business and Leadership, and I must say that was one of the best decisions of my life. I spent an extremely enriching year at Loughborough University London, which helped me grow both professionally and personally. I made it my aim to participate in as many activities as possible and work at all kinds of sports events ranging from the Team Table Tennis World Cup to the first ever powerboat race on the River Thames. Since completing my course, I have been a Research Intern at the Sports Authority of India’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme, and I am currently working as an Athlete Manager at GoSports Foundation where I manage Olympic and Paralympic athletes from India.
Why did you choose Loughborough University London?
I chose the Institute of Sports Business for to two major reasons. The first being, the great reputation Loughborough enjoys in the sporting world, coupled with the fact that I would be studying in London, which is truly a global sporting city. The combination of Loughborough’s academic and sporting excellence in addition to an opportunity to study in London was simply too good to pass up. Furthermore, studying at Loughborough University London offers students the opportunity to work and volunteer at events being held on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, thus, contributing to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.
What were your highlights from the year?
Personally, there were many highlights for me across the year. The year began with site visits to the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, Bisham Abbey Training Centre, Wembley Stadium, and Lord’s Cricket Stadium as part of our studies. Institute for Sport Business students were also exposed to the art of movie-making as we made our very own short films for one of our leadership modules. The practical nature of assignments and projects was also very exciting as we got to work on projects for leading Premier League clubs, sports technology companies and non-governmental organisations involved in sports. The quality of guest lecturers at the University was also excellent allowing us as students to explore the different facets of the sports industry.
Did you face any challenges during your studies?
The most challenging aspect of the course was the length of the modules. Unlike most other universities where modules are spread across a whole semester, modules at Loughborough University London are taught over a period of 3 weeks. This format mimics the sports industry in many ways; I frequently need to be on top of my game and my studies taught me great time-management and organisational skills. The experience of going through these intensive modules has helped me immensely – I am able to handle pressure and make quick, yet well-informed, decisions in important moments.
What would your advice be for Sport Business students?
My advice to all current and prospective Institute for Sport Business students would be to explore as much as you can throughout the duration of your course. Take the time to interact with your peers and get to know them their cultures better. The truly global student cohort at Loughborough University London provides an opportunity to learn from people who come from all over the globe, and create a global professional network.