Published on September 26, 2022

Through North Hertfordshire College’s Give A Future campaign, Creative Arts student George Bigley has taken part in some work experience with North Herts Rugby & Netball Festival (NHRN)!

Back in April, NHRN founder and director Adam Howard visited our students to discuss upcoming workshops with events professionals and an exciting work experience opportunity. George, who has a keen interest in photography, decided to join one of the marketing and photography workshops off the back of Adam’s visit. Fast forward a couple of weeks, and George found himself taking part in the North Herts Rugby & Netball festival as a photographer!

During the festival, George shadowed NHRN’s professional event photographer, Beth Saunders, and sports photographer Morgan Harlow, who had recently returned from photographing the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. By working alongside these experienced photographers, George was able to pick up some top tips and learn more about the practicalities of sports and events photography.

The photos that George captured during the event have now been published on the NubNews website alongside articles about the festival. NHRN’s social media accounts are sharing the photos with their followers, too.

This wasn’t the end of George’s experience, however! Whilst chatting with his colleagues at NHRN and Layth, a journalist from NubNews, George mentioned that he’s a football fan and Stevenage FC supporter. Layth and Adam managed to coordinate an amazing opportunity for George to shadow Layth at Stevenage FC’s game against Rochdale – another incredible opportunity and experience to add to his CV and portfolio.

George said of his experience: “Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working with some incredible local journalists, photographers, and social media and marketing professionals who are very committed to giving advice and support to young people like me who show an interest in the media industry. I enjoyed the challenge of working with a live brief and being tested creatively. I took nearly 3,000 photos across the weekend, and I’ve learnt you can never have too many photos. I feel more confident about taking this up as a career path in the near future.”

Adam Howard said: “George was really easy to work with and incredibly eager to learn. I think he has some real potential to have a very successful career in photography. I will be working to get some more opportunities in the coming months. I hope we can create even more opportunities for more students moving forward.”

Thank you to North Herts Rugby & Netball Festival for your involvement in our Give A Future campaign, and for helping to provide our students with valuable work experience!

If your business would like to give back to the next generation and help our students to launch their careers, be sure to visit our Give A Future page for more details on how you can get involved.