Management Game Groningen (November 2017)
Sport management students from different countries have been working collaboratively during the international Management Game hosted by the University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. Students from the Netherlands (University of Applied Sciences), UK (Coventry University), Germany (Sport University Cologne), Denmark (University College of Northern Denmark) and Belgium (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) have been divided in mixed teams. The teams have been completing consultancy assignments for the football club West-Ham United, located in London. We talked to the Belgian students from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel to know more about their experiences so far:
“The Management Game has been an opportunity to work with students from different backgrounds in an international atmosphere. We have to talk and write in English to communicate with our team members and professors, which is not always easy. The English knowledge among students from other countries, however, is quite impressive. We at the VUB have an English course next semester, but this was already a good exercise for us to gain some confidence in speaking and writing.
Communication as well as time management are two very important competencies to use during the Management Game. The beginning of the game was rather chaotic within the individual teams. We understand that this was the purpose of the Game. There were different lectures from professors going on at the same time and every lecture was related to an assignment. Even when you do not know your team members yet, you have to trust them and allocate individual assignments to them. You cannot be everywhere at the same time and you cannot be involved in every assignment, so communication as well as time management are important. Unfortunately, given the time pressures of the first day, some assignments were completed individually. But that is a reflection of the working environment, sometimes you work individually and sometimes you work as a team.
We are very impressed by the modern facilities at the University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. You can create your own working environment in the building, there is a lot of space for individual teams to use. We were able to use the sport facilities during the sport program. Having a degree in physical education from the VUB, gave us a competitive advantage during the sport program. On the field, we go for the win!”
In the West-Ham United competition, three VUB students were on the podium with their respective teams: first place for Luis Truyen, second place for Hagar Durlet and third place for Laura Bayart. Well done!