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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Run Derby: Event Operations and Spectator Safety Academy programme engages students in the planning, management and safe delivery of a number of small and high-profile events held throughout the year in Derby and Derbyshire.
Students in this Academy will also study a full-time Protective Services or Sport programme and need to be able to dedicate their time to enable the events to be planned effectively, considering safety, marketing and resource requirements.
Students will also expand their understanding of different types of events by engaging in other local projects such as Derby Feste and Skills Festivals.
You will help to advance the organisation and delivery of sport and leisure activities and will have the opportunity to be interviewed for potential jobs with Run Derby at the end of the academic year.
The programme also provides an opportunity for you to step into seasonal event work, having developed important skills while studying academic qualifications in Sport and Protective Services to enhance your career prospects.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from individuals who are highly motivated to engage in regular events throughout the year, which will mean early starts and regular weekend activities.

You should be motivated to see through projects to successful completion and have the self discipline and initiative to undertake your specific job role independently.

Course Content

The Academy programme includes:

  • An extensive programme of event management opportunities through Run Derby
  • Guidance and job evaluation from Run Derby events staff
  • Collaboration with other event organisers such as Huub, GSI and Sporting Futures
  • Training and development in event organisation and networking opportunities with service providers

All students will take a full-time Sport or Protective Services qualification alongside the Academy. For further information regarding the content of these programmes, please see our Public Services and Sports course pages.

How will I be assessed?

Students will have regular progress meetings as their specific job roles and actions are monitored by Run Derby Events staff.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day and when you are on work experience. The minimum expectation for uniform is that you wear a plain black T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. DC Uniforms can be purchased for £50.
All learners must have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
A one-off payment of £50 is required as a contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, DBS requirements, transport, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will receive free gym membership for the academic year.
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
Overseas work placements are available.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy with a daily meal allowance included in the fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk.


What can I do after this course?

Further study

The course provides an excellent platform for progression to:
  • Higher level Public Services or Sport courses
  • Apprenticeship opportunities as an Event Assistant
The skills gained on the course are transferable to a wider range of job areas and you will be offered paid employment opportunities at a variety of events throughout the academic year.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Alex Holmes

Alex Holmes

Uniformed Public Services learner is the current international junior archery champion

Alex shoots in the compound bow discipline for Derwent Bowme and is a member of the GB Youth Development Squad and East Midlands Archery Squad. He is currently the international junior champion, East Midlands champion and Derbyshire Champion. He is also a member of the Derbyshire Sport ICON supported athlete programme and is currently training for a competition in France in the New Year ahead of the world trials in Romania next summer.
Alex combines his course at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus with around 20 hours training a week and his ultimate goal is to join the RAF. He said: “I started shooting when I was nine and moved to compound bow nearly two years ago."
“During a competition I can shoot up to 288 arrows which requires a lot of muscular endurance and strength."
“Part of my training involves strength and conditioning and I am able to do much of this at College as part of my Uniformed Public Services course which involves a lot of physical activity.

“I train three times a week in the winter and four times a week in the summer season.  Most of my competitions are during the summer which involves me travelling around the country most weekends to get the scores I need to qualify for England and GB.”

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