Intern Blogpost 2
My name is Matteo, I’m 19 years old and studying sports journalism & -marketing in Germany. This summer I received the opportunity to do an internship at a football club. I knew immediately that I wanted to take this offer. There was just one problem... The Club is in South Africa so it would be my first time living alone, away from home, and in a country I had never been to before. Fast forward three months and it has been one of my best decision’s ever to travel abroad and stay with HBUFC.
When I came here on the 25th of September, Germany was beginning to see its first signs of winter and the weather was getting worse. But here, the weather gradually became nicer each day, so at first it felt like I was here on holiday. I lived with a German family which made the stay very easy for me. But as I look back, I’m sure it wouldn’t have been a problem to stay somewhere else, because everybody welcomed me with open arms – regardless of whether they were coaches, players or admin in the office. That was one of the first things I became aware of at HBUFC. Everybody is open minded and bringing people from different backgrounds together is not just a saying – it’s their real philosophy and lifestyle. Everybody accepted me right from the beginning so I immediately felt like a part of the team. In this atmosphere it’s easy to work and be motivated. My work includes: getting funds, organizing events and helping the football club wherever I can.
Another beautiful aspect of my internship with HBUFC is my work on the field as a coach for the youth players. I was a coach for a youth team at my club for four years before I started to study and I wanted to use my experience to help the players improve. It’s very fun to work with the kids – it doesn’t matter if it’s during a regular training session or during the ‘Rainbow Program’ where we play football with kids from local schools and help them afterwards with their homework. They look up to you, listen to your words, and welcome you with big smiles as soon as you step onto the pitch. It is a great feeling which gives you so much energy throughout the day!
I’m very grateful to be here at HBUFC and for the insight I am getting in the office and on the field. The experience I get here is priceless, especially with the rewarding feeling of supporting such a great social Project.
Apart from that, Hout Bay and Cape Town are probably the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The landscape with the mountains and the ocean is just amazing and there are so many different places to visit and activities to partake in- it doesn’t matter if you want to see some culture, go climbing or go surfing. Everybody finds something they like.
To conclude, I would recommend everyone to come here. HBUFC gave me the opportunity to get an insightful view on what I want to do after I finish my time at university: I want to work for a sports club in Germany. Also my English improved daily and I learned more about a new culture whilst visiting this beautiful country, not to mention, you can also be a part of a great social project.
Various interns that spend time working for the Hout Bay United Football Community