Major Games Field Course

Major games such as the Canada Games, Pan Am Games and Olympic Games provide versatile careers enabling those with expertise in business, technology, tourism, medical sciences, sport management, linguistics & the performing arts among others to engage in an expanding global industry valued at $1,100 billion.

The Major Games Field Course (SPMA 4P98) is designed for students seeking experiential learning opportunities in their field of study while volunteering in the context of a major sporting event.

The goal of this course is to advance applied and experiential learning, critical thinking, problem solving and cultural awareness through volunteer experiences at a major sporting event.

The flexibility embedded in the course design enables students to select their volunteer role, the depth of their training, the days they volunteer at the sporting event and the location.

Current opportunity

The dual full and half-credit options available in the Major Games Field Course enable students in fields of study from across Brock’s campus to hone their skills by volunteering at the World Masters Athletics (WMA) Championships in Toronto and Brampton between July 20 and August 1, 2020.

Apply now by completing the online form below. Applications will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Late applications will not be reviewed.

  • Are you a 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student in Business, Sport Management, Kinesiology, Tourism, Fine & Performing Arts, Labour, Linguistics, Computer Science, or any other major?
  • Are you looking for a unique experiential learning opportunity?
  • Do you want to volunteer for a major sport event in a leadership or fundamental role?
  • Full and half-credit opportunities available

The half-credit opportunities (SPMA 4P98) enable students to volunteer in fundamental roles at the WMA. Students select their role when they register as a volunteer at the Games. The roles include:

  • Accreditation
  • Food & Beverage Service
  • French & Spanish Language Services
  • Hydration Crew
  • Junior Official (field of play)
  • Medal Ceremonies
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Security
  • Signage Crew
  • Transportation Service
  • Welcome Hosting Centre

Commitment:

  • Attend 2-hour introductory forum at Brock hosted by World Masters Athletics Championships (Wednesday March 11, Pond Inlet, 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.)
  • Complete 6 web-based training modules between February and June (approx. 6-hours total)
  • 4-days (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) of volunteering in a fundamental role of your choice
  • For Junior Official (field of play): Attend one of 14 Athletic Meets in Niagara, Hamilton or Toronto (1/2-day of your choice March to June) OR For all other roles: Attend job-specific training in Toronto (1/2 day) in June
  • Complete venue training in June or early July (1/2 day) in Toronto
  • Submit post-event reflection paper

*Note: Students may volunteer on at least 2 weekend days to ease scheduling with summer job expectations.

The full-credit option is delivered to a maximum of 20 students seeking a more senior managerial or decision-making role at the WMA. Students in the full-credit option register for SPMA 4P98 and SPMA 4P92 in the Spring/Summer term. These courses are differentiated by their orientation towards training (SPMA 4P92) and experiential learning (SPMA 4P98).

Roles: Field of Play Captain and Junior Official (field of play)

Benefits: The Captain supervisory role is designed for students seeking senior leadership positions and enhanced experiential learning opportunities. The direct field of play role enables students to progress towards a refereeing leadership role in the sport of Athletics.

Commitment:

  • Attend 2-hour introductory forum at Brock hosted by World Masters Athletics Championships (Wednesday March 11, Pond Inlet, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
  • Complete 6 web-based training modules between February and June (approx. 6 hours total)
  • Pre-event Field of Play certification (3-hour in-class course held at Brock early March)
  • Attend job-specific training at one of 14 Athletics Meets in Niagara, Hamilton or Toronto (1/2 of your choice March to June)
  • Complete venue training in June or early July (1/2 day) in Toronto
  • 7-days (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) of volunteering in a supervisory/leadership role from July 20 – Aug. 1
  • Submit post-event reflection paper

The World Masters Athletics (WMA) Championships will be hosted in three locations:

  1. Varsity Stadium (Toronto)
  2. York University (Toronto)
  3. Terry Fox Stadium (Brampton)

When registering to volunteer on the WMA website (https://wmatoronto2020.com) students may select the location that best fits their needs.

  1. Have a broad conceptual view of sport event management and logistics (Content Knowledge).
  2. Use accepted techniques of discovery and apply critical thinking within and outside the discipline area of event management, enabling the student to solve problems independently and evaluate opinions and outcomes at the personal, scholarly, and professional level (Discovery & Critical Thinking).
  3. Use knowledge of effective techniques to foster inquiry and engagement in the sport event setting (Communication).
  4. Embrace the values of citizenship, sportsmanship, social inclusion, professionalism, respect and diversity at the sport event to enhance the experience of athletes, spectators and others at the Games (Citizenship).
  5. Use your understanding of how event logistics and management guide the overall integration of activities undertaken at the Games and support an appropriate environment for all participants at the Games (Applied Knowledge).
  6. Be a reflective professional who actively seeks to further self-knowledge and seeks opportunities to grow professionally (Lifelong Learning).

Students are responsible for course fees and any accommodation and/or transportation fees incurred while undertaking training or volunteering at the WMA

Contact Prof. Laura Cousens at lcousens@brocku.ca

SPMA 4P98 – Major Games Course application

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