The GIANTS and Western Sydney University have embarked on an exciting new initiative, joining forces to launch a new immersive sports management course.

Delivered by The College at Western Sydney University, the Diploma in Business (Pathway to Sport Management) will provide students with real-world experience and insights into the dynamic world of sports management.

Starting in term one of 2024, the special collaboration between the GIANTS and the University signifies a commitment to fostering the next generation of sports industry leaders by offering a comprehensive educational experience.

As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to broaden their career prospects through a range of sport-oriented electives as well as spending regular time at the GIANTS’ headquarters, the VAILO Community Centre in Sydney Olympic Park.

Participants will hear from sporting professionals and learn about the behind-the-scenes operations of a professional sporting organisation.

With the ability to undertake practical, work-ready experience with the GIANTS, the diploma will give students the opportunity to gain a foot in the door to the competitive sporting industry.

Successful completion of the Diploma is also a pathway into the second year of Western Sydney University’s Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) program.

Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, Professor Barney Glover AO, said as an anchor institution in Western Sydney, the University is providing world-class education and real-world learning opportunities to its students.

“Western Sydney University is proud to expand its partnership with the GIANTS, providing students with an exceptional and immersive educational experience that will develop their knowledge and understanding of the world of sports management,” said Professor Glover.

Glenn Campbell, Chief Executive Officer at The College, said as Western Sydney University’s leading pathway provider, The College, provides students with a direct route to a university degree.

“Not only will the diploma provide those interested in a career in sports management an exclusive behind-the-scenes look and a pathway into a rewarding career in the sports industry, it’s a terrific way to gain real-world practical experience with a professional sports club, while gaining a high-quality qualification and pathway to further studies,” said Mr Campbell.  

GIANTS Chief Executive Officer David Matthews said providing educational opportunities to the Western Sydney community is embedded in the club’s culture.

“Since the inception of the GIANTS, we’ve always been a club that focuses on enriching the lives of the Western Sydney community and we’re delighted to continue our partnership with Western Sydney University to bring to life this fantastic educational opportunity,” Mr Matthews said.

“With the state-of-the-art teaching that the University provides, along with the unique access that we’ll provide to our people and facilities, we see this diploma as a fantastic opportunity to get inside the inner sanctum of a professional sporting organisation while also gaining invaluable knowledge for a career in the sports industry.”

For more information, or to put forward an expression of interest, which is now open, click here.

Applications close February 14, 2024.