Brock Sport Management graduate prepares for World Cup kick-off – The Brock News
A Brock University sports management graduate works in logistics for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Tyler Harrison (BSM ’14, MA ’18) is on the pitch to help the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 go ahead in time for the international tournament, which kicks off on November 20.
A total of 32 teams will face off in 65 matches across eight venues in Qatar, which is the first-ever World Cup staged in an Arab country. It will also be the second World Cup for Canada’s National Men’s Soccer Team.
“The experiences at Brock have been instrumental in shaping my current career path,” said Harrison, who started working for the World Cup in June 2021. “Brock University and the sports management program have was a catalyst that prompted me to look for roles beyond Canada. ”
Harrison is responsible for delivery to venues surrounding one of the eight venues, Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan City, as the Host Nation Logistics Site Manager.
He manages key stakeholder relationships with over 15 different functional areas to ensure they have what they need to operate during the tournament, which runs from November 20 to December 18.
Harrison and the logistics team take care of furniture, fixtures and equipment for areas such as transportation, last mile, cleaning and waste, and fan identification.
“I love that the big logistics family is made up of more than 70 people from more than 40 different countries,” he said.
A former student-athlete on Brock’s varsity baseball team, Harrison discovered a local baseball and softball league when he arrived in Qatar. Just two weeks later, he was running a development camp for over 60 kids who had never played the sport before.
“It’s rewarding to introduce the basics of baseball to kids who have never experienced the sport before,” said Harrison, who spent six years as a baseball academy clinic instructor with the Blue Jays of Toronto. “Although Qatar’s summers can reach over 45 degrees, the country’s winter months are comparable to Canada’s summers, which is optimal for playing.”
Before landing with the World Cup, he was a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University and worked at Brock Sports as a camp and club coordinator.
Harrison’s interest in events was sparked after participating in several Brock Badgers sporting events as a student, including the Steel Blade Classic, Paint the Meridian Red, and playoff games at the Bob Davis Gymnasium. His experience at Brock was supplemented by trips to the United States and work on conferences and national championships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
He then worked on the early organization of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games before leaving in 2020.
“I had great mentors during my time at Brock University as well as at the Canada Summer Games,” said Harrison. “These people taught me the right way to manage and lead others while always striving to improve myself every day. Without these people, I wouldn’t be working at one of the greatest international sporting events in the world. .
Harrison is striving to work the World Cup in 2026 when the tournament is hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States.