Area Manager, Northern Region Football
Master of Business in Sport Leadership and Management student
Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Management & Sport and Exercise Science
He loves playing a role in developing football in Auckland, says sport and recreation alumnus Liam Hunt who is now the area manager for Northern Region Football.
“In my role I’m responsible for supporting a group of football clubs within central and west Auckland. This involves supporting the implementation of programmes from New Zealand Football, and the ongoing advocacy and support of these organisation with stakeholders, which can include regional sports trusts and councils etc.
“What I enjoy most about my job is being able to support the development of football within the Auckland region while being able to apply the theoretical knowledge I’ve gained from my time at university. I’ve recently also been accepted into an emerging leadership programme. This has made me proud as I really appreciate the recognition from Northern Region Football.”
A rewarding university journey
He has always been interested in sport, says Liam who came to AUT to study a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.
“I chose to enrol in the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at AUT as I had a passion for sport, in particular sport science. A highlight for me was the workplace experience that was part of my sports degree. Learning while being in the workplace as an intern was greatly beneficial for me and I was able to begin networking within the industry at that time.”
Inspired by his undergraduate degree, Liam chose to return to AUT complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and is currently enrolled in a Master of Business.
“During my postgraduate study, the highlights have been the varying industry people you connect with during classes. After completing my postgraduate diploma in 2017, I took a break from studying as I got a full-time role at the Auckland Football Federation. In 2020, I decided to return to university as I wanted to continue learning while working full-time, and have found a passion in the study of organisational change and community sports organisations.”
Advice for other students
Liam has some great advice for other students.
“I’d recommend enrolling in postgraduate study as it provides an opportunity to continually learn within specific areas that are of direct interest to you and your profession.”
Postgraduate study is also a great way to develop skills in a new area, he says.
“Don’t feel as though you can’t change the direction of your study plans. I’ve found the move from sport and exercise science to business greatly beneficial for me professionally, as it has improved the range of knowledge I have within the industry and supports me day to day.”