Today sees the launch of The Hundred Rising: a brand new programme of 100 exciting opportunities offering aspiring professionals a platform to showcase their talent and gain valuable experience working or volunteering on this summer’s must-see sporting and entertainment event.

The Hundred is a new 100-ball cricket competition, featuring eight brand new city-based teams, with men’s and women’s competitions running alongside each other with equal prominence. It’s set to be the blockbuster must-see event of the summer featuring world-class players on the pitch and epic entertainment off it.

The Hundred Rising programme has roles up for grabs to take you straight to the heart of the action and make the competition an entertaining experience for families to watch in ground or from home.

At a time when people are being significantly impacted by a lack of opportunity to work and develop their skills, The Hundred Rising is a commitment to provide a range of CV-enhancing roles for up and coming talent.  The very first opportunities now open are:

  • Rising Hosts to co-host on the big screen in stadia or digitally at The Hundred games
  • Rising Reporters who will be responsible for publishing match reports and game write ups from each of The Hundred games
  • Rising Content Creators who will be ‘embedded’ within each team to create short-form stories for The Hundred’s social channels

Further roles will be announced in the lead up to the competition with positions on offer across the Hundred’s eight city-based teams, located across seven host cities – Birmingham, Leeds, London, Nottingham, Manchester, Southampton and Cardiff.

Presenter Vick Hope is supporting the campaign and helping to mentor the selected Rising Hosts, getting them ready to hit the ground running this summer.

“Getting into a new industry isn’t easy, let alone in the midst of a global pandemic and this is why I’m so passionate about The Hundred Rising. It is a genuine commitment to providing real-world opportunities to help people move forward in their careers after the challenges of the past year.”

Vick Hope

As part of the training, successful applicants will get access to industry experts, including BBC Sport presenter Isa Guha, to work alongside and learn from before going on to become part of The Hundred team, where they will continue to develop their skills in professional working environments.

Isa Guha, BBC Sport presenter says, “After what has been a difficult year for so many, it is great to see the creation of so many exciting career opportunities with the launch of The Hundred Rising. I’m looking forward to seeing what stars it will discover and being on hand to offer some advice and tips.”

For the first time in a major UK sporting competition, The Hundred will kick off with a women’s match (Oval Invincibles vs. Manchester Originals at Kia Oval on 21 Jul); as part of the competition’s ambition to elevate women’s cricket and bring new talent into the sport – both on the pitch and behind the scenes through The Hundred Rising.

“I can’t wait to play in The Hundred this summer and am so excited to help launch The Hundred Rising – it will be an amazing event to be part of whether you are playing or working on it. The opportunities we are announcing today and in the build up to the competition will give up-and-coming talent a real leg-up, as well as a backstage pass to be in on all The Hundred action!

Alex Hartley, Manchester Originals

“The opening game for a new competition always has such a buzz of excitement around it and it’s about time women kicked things off, so I am over the moon to be a part of it. It’s really cool to know that some of the people we are recruiting for The Hundred Rising will be a part of that game too!”

Sanjay Patel, MD of The Hundred says, “The Hundred is all about opening up the sport to broader audiences and giving people an opportunity and platform to showcase their talent both on and off the pitch. After the year that we’ve all had, it’s clear that people need an opportunity now more than ever and we’re committed to providing that through The Hundred Rising.”  

To check out the first round of roles and be among the first to hear about new ones, head to thehundred.com/rising.

Tickets for The Hundred will go on sale through a priority window on 7 April, with general sale beginning on 21 April. Refund policies will be in place should matches be affected by Covid.

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