Eight second year event management students as part of their practical module organised the Plymouth Raiders Awards Night in March 2015 attended by 250 players, parents and sponsors. This was the first time this event has been run and celebrates the past year’s successes for all the teams from the children through to the professionals. Following the success of the night it is hoped it will become an annual fixture for the Raiders.
The three hour evening event included the presentation of over 25 awards, entertainment, a highlights show, speeches and a meal.
This was the first time our students had been involved in this event and it was clearly a great success. Dave Briggs, Plymouth Raiders Chief Executive said
“First of all, a big big thank you for such a fantastic evening on Friday. I’ve come in this morning to more positive feedback from parents, players and sponsors. People have not stopped talking about it and how well it went (and even ran to time, despite having possibly the biggest number of raffle prizes I’ve ever heard of!). I cannot say enough good things about you all and what you did.”
A similar level of feedback was provided by those who attended. For example, the parent of one child said
"That was undoubtedly the best awards night I’ve been to. We have been to football nights and a tennis night, but this was our first basketball awards night and was blown away - really professional, and very impressed with it all. The food was even good - and that’s a rarity for awards nights! Thank you to everyone concerned."
One of the coaches echoed these sentiments by stating
"Just wanted to say last night was amazing. You and the University girls deserve a ton of credit for organising such an awesome night that everyone will remember for a long time."
While such events allow our event management students to showcase their skills, they play an important part in bringing alive to them the lessons learnt in class. For example Rebecca said
“The event practical has massively benefited me; my communication skills and professionalism have developed through working with clients. The Chief Executive also gave me an impressive reference on LinkedIn, which I hope will improve my chances of work in the future."
Ellie explained the roles she carried out prior to and on the night.
“In preparation for the awards ceremony and during the set-up of the event, Lottie and I were organising the design and themes of the room. On the night I was in control of all of the catering, liaising with the kitchen and waiting staff to get the food out to the guests. I learnt how to successfully manage a team as well as improving my organisational and time keeping skills. I experienced working under pressure, and learnt the communication skills required to converse with clients and guests. Organising the event itself has given me key events management experience that will undoubtedly be important for me in my future career.“