Manuel, 23, has been living and breathing sports since he was a child. He studied economics in Milan and then did a Master’s degree in sports management in Treviso. He has just begun his career in sports marketing, and he says it is even more exciting than he had dreamed. For him, the CMP Trail was the perfect opportunity to get an up-close look at the world of sporting events.
This is what he has to say about the day:
The CMP Trail experience was part of a very well-defined path that I’ve been on for quite a long time. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given was to “volunteer strategically.” For those aiming to work in sports, especially high-level events, you absolutely have to have first-hand knowledge of what happens out in the field. All of the different problems you face, having to get up at an ungodly hour in the morning and having to do ten more things than what you thought you were supposed to. There is no better training than running into problems and having to find solutions C and D when solutions A and B seemed to be the right answers just moments before.
This is what the CMP Trail was for me, a wonderful day that I took part in with a great deal of enthusiasm. Sharing this event with the entire staff was exhausting but great. The atmosphere was like that of a first dance. From preparing the trail to setting up the refreshment station in the villa, all the way to coordinating with the fantastic Italian Alpine choir. I had many duties and they were all gratifying, such as seeing how satisfied participants and guests were. I have a particularly fond memory of the start of the Youth Trail with the youngest runners who were chomping at the bit to take on this amazing challenge. What really surprised me—and I made sure to compliment the organisers on this—was the fact that, usually during a first event, some have the wrong clothes, some speak out of turn or make mistakes out of inexperience. Nothing like this happened last year because everything had been planned down to the smallest detail, with the greatest focus on all parties involved—first and foremost on the athletes who are the true soul of all sporting events.
The bar has been raised very high. I’m sure that the CMP Trail for 2017 will not only meet expectations but will go above and beyond.
Be there!