Students a fixture at Big Bash League launch

Students a fixture at Big Bash League launch

RMIT students were firmly part of the action as the Melbourne Renegades launched the Big Bash League (BBL) season last night with a clash against the Sydney Thunder.

RMIT renewed its partnership with the Melbourne Renegades as Official Community Partner and Official Education Provider in October, a collaboration that has seen RMIT students embedded in the cricket team.

As part of the renewed sponsorship, selected students were given the unique opportunity to be involved with the team via an ambassador and work integration program throughout the season. 

The RMIT Renegades ambassador team outside GMHBA stadium. The RMITxRenegades ambassador team outside GMHBA stadium.

Cheering on the team at the first BBL match at GMHBA stadium in Geelong was Master of Data Science student and RMITxRenegades ambassador Anup Mansing Sakpal.

He said he applied for the ambassador program because he’d always had a passion for cricket and the outdoors.

“One of the reasons I chose to study at RMIT was because of the University’s good industry connections, and I’m so glad I’ve been able experience that myself with the ambassador program.”

As part of the program, Anup was able to undertake a work integration as a data analyst with the Renegades team.

“I gained insight into how the business side of the team works, how they manage data and attracted audiences, and got to meet the team and watch the matches,” he said.

“Since I want to learn more about the sports industry, this program has given me valuable insight into the business.”

Anup said what’s next for him was to continue working towards his dream of getting a job in the sports industry as a data scientist. 

 “I feel the program has given me good skills and connections to set me up for a future in this field.”

Anup, alongside the other RMIT student ambassadors, will continue to be involved with the Renegades team throughout the season.

RMIT Chief Marketing Officer Chaminda Ranasinghe said the partnership was continuing to deliver transformative experiences for RMIT students.

 “We are thrilled to see students delivering real value to the Melbourne Renegades through activations and integration, while gaining exclusive industry insights that are setting them up for life and work.”

“Seeing our students at the match last night – dressed in red, the iconic RMIT and Renegades colour – was a proud moment that reflected RMIT’s strong connection to Melbourne’s word-class sporting scene.”

 Renegades General Manager of Commercial David Lever said he was delighted with the continued evolution of the partnership. 

"Our shared commitment to nurturing young talent and pursuing excellence makes this partnership a natural fit,” he said.

“Real industry experience is invaluable and having students get hands-on experience during our BBL campaign this year has been fantastic.”

In addition to the ambassador program, staff, students and alumni also receive various other benefits, including a 10% discount on Renegades Double Up, or Access Red membership.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 19: Beau Webster of the Renegades (L) and Jack Wildermuth of the Renegades high five during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Sydney Thunder at GMHBA Stadium on December 19, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images) L-R: Renegades players Beau Webster and Jack Wildermuth at the Big Bash League opening match on Thursday


Story: Jasmijn van Houten

20 December 2019


20 December 2019


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