The Odyssey Academy is an initiative of the Odyssey Trust, the charitable company behind the Belfast Giants, SSE Arena and W5.
The Academy is being run by Odyssey Trust in partnership with local youth engagement charity Include Youth. Tutors from various business units within the Odyssey Trust family have been engaging with the students to give them an insight into life on-site.
The young people involved are learning lots of real life job skills and getting a behind the scenes look at the practical elements that combine to run the sort of international events that the Arena hosts.
Health and Safety, Cleaning (with CleanEvent), Stewarding (with EventSec), Food and Beverage, and a STEM component (at W5) are all elements in the diverse programme, and the Giants element was facilitated by our video and technology team – Giants TV – with a little help from Giants press pack member Victoria Steveley from UTV. The students learned how to and engaged in researching players statistics and background, and then did on-camera interviews and helped pen a series of articles for publication here on the Giants website:
- – Colin Shields talks Going For Gold with Team GB
- – Jake’s Blog
- – Adam Keefe and Brandon Benedict give the scoop on Life as a Pro Hockey Player
If you’re an 18-24 year old in the greater Belfast area and would be interested in getting involved with Odyssey Academy in the future, get in touch with Include Youth about next year’s programme.