Last week students from the Sport & Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 course attended an event hosted by Sky Sports News and the sports higher education institution UCFB at Wembley Stadium. The Women in Sport Media day was developed on the back of a government initiative to encourage young women to consider a career in sports media.
One hundred female students took part in the day where they were able to have a go at a variety of different roles with established professionals in the area there to assist and encourage them. Sarah Brookes, communications and marketing director at Fulham FC; Brogan Kay-Jesson, a social media journalist at Sky News and Andy Watkins, multimedia manager at QPR FC all held workshops on topics covering social media campaigns, press campaigns and writing a press release. Gemma Nash – a Sky Sports presenter and sub editor – gave tips as the students tried their hand at television presenting using an auto-cue. They also had the opportunity to interview rugby World Cup winner and television presenter Maggie Alphonsi MBE as part of an interview workshop, with Maggie telling the Evening Standard ““It’s so great and positive when we go into the workshop how many enthusiastic young women there are who really do want to be involved in a career in sports journalism. We’re trying to highlight to them that it is possible and people have done it and if you’re really keen, you can be really successful.”
The students returned to college inspired; Sienna said “There were lots of things good about the day. It was good that we were able to develop skills from professionals in the field. I now know there are lots of roles for women in sport and it inspired me to reach my goals” and Ciara said “It was good as it encouraged us and gave us ideas as to what to do in the future. Overall it was a really great experience. I enjoyed the presenting with Sky Sports”.