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Student rubs shoulders with tennis greats at Liverpool Hope tournament

Darren Goddard tennis tournament Monday 29 June 2015

As the world’s top tennis players prepared for Wimbledon at Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament 2015, several of our students gained valuable work experience behind the scenes with organiser Northern Vision. Psychology student and Captain of the University tennis team Darren Goddard shares his experience of promoting the prestigious event and mingling with sporting greats past and present.

“During the first two weeks, I was involved in a lot of the promotional projects happening around Liverpool. I handed out flyers in the city centre and helped run a mini tennis event at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, encouraging people in the departure and arrival halls to play ‘tennis in the terminal’. 

“Once the tournament started, I was asked to coordinate with another member of the Northern Vision team to organise and prepare for Pro-Am sessions involving Liverpool Hope and other sponsors. Players including Ana Bogdan – the women’s tournament winner – and Pablo Andújar - who took second place in the men’s’ – were involved and it was great to see the University tennis team benefit from the link with Northern Vision. The pros gave us lots of tips on how to improve our game, which is always useful!

“However, the highlight had to be working with Mansour Bahrami, helping to organise and take photos at his book signing in the Liverpool Hope tent. He seemed very grateful for the help and gave me a signed copy of a book and a DVD.

“The tournament has definitely helped me to put the people skills I’ve learnt during my degree into practice. Having the confidence to discuss issues and meet new people can be challenging, but the tournament has helped me to embrace these opportunities. For example, being invited to meals with the players at the end of every day was a fantastic experience, which I can only be grateful for. You get to see the players in a different kind of environment and in a way that not many other people would have the opportunity to.

“I’d like to thank Liverpool Hope for its support, as without the University’s direction, I wouldn’t have been aware of the work experience with Northern Vision. It’s been a privilege to work with the team and I would jump at the chance to be involved in future events.”

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