CGF Chief Executive David Grevemberg CBE said: “The Commonwealth Games Federation aspires to be a leader in international sport development, and so we are delighted to announce the latest phase of our eqUIP programme. We wish all of the interns every success with their projects which will add enormous value to their host CGA and the wider Commonwealth Sports Movement”.
The CGF’s eqUIP programme aims to build capacity in CGAs through a paid internship programme, developed in partnership with local universities as part of the CGF’s global development programme. It creates mutually beneficial opportunities for the intern and the host CGA - developing the skills of young leaders in a national sporting organisation, who deliver special projects which directly benefit the host CGA.
The CGA and the local universities work together to identify the CGA’s development objectives and projects that the intern can complete to help them achieve their goals. The programme looks to strengthen the capacity of the CGA in a number of areas, such as: Games preparations, stakeholder relations (eg National Government and Governing Bodies), branding, social media, management and governance.
The eqUIP meeting took place at the Mokolodi Conference Centre in Gaborone, Botswana between 1-3 February 2018.
African eqUIP intern Deborah Namusoke, supporting Commonwealth Games Uganda, graduated from Kyambogo University with a BSc in Sports and Leisure Management in December 2017. Her works as a CGA intern focuses on preparing Team Uganda for the upcoming Games in Gold Coast 2018. Deborah said: “It’s been a great time for me at CGA Uganda. I have learnt a lot from working in a dynamic sporting organisation – developing my efficiency, accountability, confidence and prioritisation skills and responding to many given tasks.”
European eqUIP intern Delia Bute, supporting Commonwealth Games England, is an International Hospitality and Tourism Management Graduate who joined the eqUIP programme 6 months ago as part of Team England’s Games Time HQ team. Her role as an Event Operations Executive enabled her to utilise and develop skills across multiple projects such as Accreditation and Visa, Kitting Out and Procurement. Delia said: “Throughout my Commonwealth Games England experience I learned to value and focus more on the journey rather than the end goal as many opportunities for personal growth could present themselves along the way.”