La Trobe students help deliver Australian first sporting concept

Seven La Trobe University students have had the unique opportunity to assist in the delivery of a new Australian basketball pathway to the elite level.

Braden Zammit (Bachelor of Sports Management), Elise Freeman (Bachelor of Sports Management), James Arcadia (Bachelor of Sports Management), Matt Dunlop (Bachelor of Media and Communications - Media Industries) and Heath Sheahan (Bachelor of Media and Communications - Public Relations) have worked across a range of projects, portfolios and events throughout their internship with La Trobe Sport, but none bigger than the inaugural season of the University Basketball League (UBL).

All five La Trobe Sport interns played a key role in the delivery of the match day experience, ranging from the administration and management of the respective La Trobe teams, the coordination of the match day event schedule and the marketing and coverage of the match on La Trobe Sport’s various social media platforms.

The UBL is a new national basketball league for university students, designed to strengthen the pathway to professional basketball in Australia.

Endorsed by Basketball Australia and supported by the participating universities and state associations, the inaugural UBL tournament has been played over seven weeks of home and away fixtures, with each participating university getting the opportunity to host and livestream the matches on campus.

La Trobe University hosted two rounds of UBL matches in April at the state-of-the-art La Trobe Sports Stadium, with our men’s and women’s teams taking on University of Technology Sydney and University of Sydney on consecutive days.

La Trobe Sport Senior Coordinator for Representative and High Performance Sport, Emily Harbrow, said the Semester 1 cohort of La Trobe Sport student interns have played a major role in making the inaugural season of the UBL a huge success.

“I may be a bit biased, but the quality of work our student interns and volunteers have produced over the course of their time with La Trobe Sport is second-to-none,” Harbrow said.

“With the UBL being in its inaugural season, no one was quite sure what to expect of the new initiative that was introduced by UniSport Australia. But we were able to host two excellent match days at our awesome new facilities at the La Trobe Sports Stadium and much of that was down to the work put in by our student interns.”

Two other La Trobe Media and Communications students in Patrick Morrow and Jordan Janssen were also involved in the delivery of the UBL as part of the Sportscast Australia commentary team for the livestream broadcast of the games.

As part of La Trobe Sport’s commitment to providing outstanding student experience and employability outcomes, La Trobe Sport’s internship program provides students with opportunities to work with prominent sport industry partners and stakeholders including the Carlton Football Club, Melbourne City Football Club, Melbourne Rebels and other key delivery partners.

Student interns are also given the opportunity to work on a variety of high quality sporting events such as the UniSport Australia University Nationals or with our affiliated semi-elite sports programs including the UBL and the North East Blaze (Victorian Netball League).

“Representatives from the other universities we have hosted during the UBL commented on how professional the delivery of our home match day was and were extremely complimentary of the work of our interns,” Harbrow added.

“In addition to all the other important projects they have been exposed to that fall under La Trobe Sport's remit, our interns have also had opportunities to travel with the UBL teams in our away fixtures to the Sunshine Coast and Perth to really round off their internship experience.”

For more information on the UBL or to follow Team La Trobe’s progress in both the Men’s and Women’s playoffs in Sydney next month, stay tuned to La Trobe Sport’s Facebook and Instagram channels.