Top world footballer inspiring on and off the pitch (By Josh, 17)

Top world footballer inspiring on and off the pitch (By Josh, 17)

By Josh Keyes, 17, Jill Dando News

Top world footballer Raheem Sterling is inspiring on and off the pitch.

In conjunction with the Raheem Sterling Foundation, talkSPORT & News UK, Raheem Sterling Broadcast Academy is back for a second season.

It has a new cohort of young people from Manchester (Hideout Youth Zone) and London (Young Brent Foundation and Ark Elvin Academy), ready to learn the ins and outs of sports media, and vital skills to develop future careers in the industry.

The first session welcomed 19 pupils to News UK HQ. They heard from elite Sports Broadcaster Hugh Woozencroft and Former Premier League Footballer now Broadcaster Darren Bent

The Broadcast Academy is operated in collaboration with talkSPORT to give young people from Manchester & London the chance to learn skills and gain knowledge in radio production and broadcasting, as well as an insight into the range of job opportunities available in sports media.

Producers, presenters and online journalists from the world’s biggest sports radio station and News UK will deliver two monthly sessions until Spring 2024 on all things broadcasting, including interview techniques, and writing online sports features.

The two groups will have the chance to meet and interview sports stars during the workshops.

The first season’s cohort interviewed the Foundation’s very own Raheem Sterling, alongside several famous faces including former England and Spurs Striker Darren Bent, former Manchester City player Nedum Onuoha and NFL Star Menelik Watson.

The students will come together in Summer 2024 to celebrate their achievements in an awards ceremony hosted at News UK in London.

CEO Chris Bird, Raheem Sterling Foundation said: ”We’re very excited to be bringing back the Raheem Sterling Broadcast Academy with talkSPORT and News UK. The first season’s young people worked very hard to build their skills and knowledge in broadcast media and we’re proud to be welcoming them back as ambassadors to guide our next group of students.

They will have the chance to meet and interview a whole host of famous faces and gain some incredible experience in podcast recording and interview techniques with the industry’s finest – talkSPORT.”

Sarah Collins, Executive Producer, talkSPORT said: “It is vital to our industry that we are looking for the best talent in all the places it exists. Unfortunately currently there are barriers to breaking into sports journalism for so many talented youngsters. This partnership with the Raheem Sterling Foundation has proven so successful at finding incredible talent across London and Manchester.

We are delighted to partner again this year to deliver the Raheem Sterling Broadcast Academy.”

All of the content recorded during the second season will be showcased on the talkSPORT website, which boasts a global viewership of 12 million people per month.

Listen to the very first workshop from season one at Ark Elvin Academy:

Josh Keyes was the second graduate of Jill Dando News out of her former school WCSA in Weston-super-Mare.

Jill Dando Journalists aged 8 to 18 find and write stories for the Good News Post newspaper and wider Media in their school Jill Dando News Centre.

Reporters are trained by professional journalists such as Jill’s older brother Nigel, Fiona Bruce and others to be reporters in the style of Jill - kind, positive, humble, and with a mindset of ‘all things are possible’.

Since then thousands of students have been told the inspirational story of Jill Dando, who was murdered in 1999.

On 26th April next year it will be the 25th anniversary of her death. In her memory reporters as young as 9 have quizzed Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Downing Street in 2019 and have written hundreds of stories.

The newspaper has a wide variety of partners across education, business, charities, and the Media. They include Britain’s biggest magazine for entrepreneurs and business leaders, Business Leader, The Priory Learning Trust.

It also has many professionals helping out in education, the news, editors, journalists, CEOs, and mental health.

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