One of the very great things about the Queensland club sector is how we nurture young talent through the ranks. It has made the Awards category of Young Manager of the Year an incredibly challenging one for our judges and this year was no exception. The Award, sponsored by Club Super, always attracts a large number of high quality, extremely dedicated entrants.
But this year, Brett Green from Wynnum Manly Leagues Club stood out from the pack and took home the gong. And in true Brett style, this quiet achiever has taken it all in his stride and is truly humble about the experience.
“I honestly had no idea that I had been nominated for the Award,” said Brett “I was just happy to be invited along to the party and have a great night with all the Wynnum crew.”
“I was so surprised – pleasantly surprised, but still, it was such an honour to be recognised by the industry but it meant so much that I was nominated by the club.” He said.
And when you talk to Brett for a while, you appreciate fully how it was the ‘club nomination’ that meant the most to him.
“I am a Wynnum boy. I played league for Wynnum Juniors and first started working at the club as a glassie when I was just 17. Eight years on, I am a manager and the club is very much a part of me.” said Brett.
Brett started working with Wynnum Manly Leagues while he was studying a degree in Exercise and Health Science at Uni with the plan to go onto teaching.
“While I was studying I moved around the club to do various roles – bar, gaming etc.” said Brett.
“When I finished my degree, I was offered the opportunity to move onto the management track at the club and I had to think about what I wanted in terms of my career. I wanted to move into teaching because I love working with people and helping people. In the few years I had been in the club I had learned so much and I was genuinely loving working with my colleagues and also our patrons – it was ticking lots of boxes.”
“Of course, the club won. It’s Wynnum!”
Brett also found that the sector ignited his passion for learning and he has been ‘rolling up the sleeves’ to actively develop his knowledge base and management style.
“I have lots of great mentors in the club and last year I had the opportunity to complete the Diploma of Leadership and Management course which was the best learning experience. The coursework was amazing and the connections I made were even more important – lifelong friends and mentors. We all learn from each other as our industry is very ‘hands on’.”
Where to from here? Brett is committed to continuing to learn everything he can about the club industry and meet more people in the industry.
“This industry is all about connections – patrons, staff other managers. I enjoy that aspect of clubs and it’s so good to have a career doing what I love.”