NC’s Sport Management students got an inside look at the largest provincial sport organization in Canada on March 28 when they visited the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
They had an opportunity to tour the facilities, hear compelling and insightful career planning advice from Ontario Soccer CEO Johnny Misley, and take part in a panel discussion and question-and-answer period with dynamic and innovative staff department leaders at Ontario Soccer.
Serving a massive membership of over half a million Ontarians, Ontario Soccer develops, supports, and delivers programs and services throughout the province in partnership with grassroots communities and clubs, district associations, private academies, municipal, provincial and national governments, universities, colleges, schools, and professional soccer organizations. By continually innovating the game and being progressive leaders in soccer, Ontario Soccer aims to bring to life its vision for the game, to ‘play, inspire and unite.’
Sport Management students were greeted warmly upon arrival at Ontario Soccer headquarters and began the visit with a tour of the Centre led by general manager Mike Giona. Students were treated to an eye-opening and informative facility management overview which was invaluable to those interested in pursuing careers in sport facility management.
CEO Misley gave an overview of sport management leadership essentials, and thought-provoking advice to students pursuing rewarding and meaningful careers in sport management. Outlining his sport management dream come true, Misley described his former role at Hockey Canada, culminating in celebrating the gold medal win on the ice with Team Canada at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
The field trip concluded with an interactive panel discussion and question-and-answer period featuring Misley, Ontario Soccer senior manager of operations Lyn Wallington, director of business operations Bjorn Osieck, and marketing manager Khanh Be.
“Overall, the field trip to Ontario Soccer was very interesting and professional, everyone that spoke to us has the same passion for sport that we all have,” said Sport Management student Nicholas Roberto. “This was a field trip I will never forget because it taught me so much about the sport industry and values.”
The Niagara College Sport Management program and Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport would like to extend a sincere thank you to Ontario Soccer for opening its doors to our students, making them feel so welcome and organizing a beneficial and incredible learning experience.\
-Submitted by Stephen Carroll, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport