Several aspiring sports journalists and broadcasters enjoyed a taste of the reality of working in the fast-paced industry last week, when they took charge of promoting the National League under-19 Academy final.

From running the social media accounts of the league, which is the fifth–highest in the English football pyramid, to filming the match and writing articles for the Oxford Mail and Non-League paper, UCFB students were responsible for publicising the game between Gateshead and North Leigh, with the aim of attracting as many new fans as possible.

The students were, no doubt, helped in their quests by the dramatic game that unfolded at Worcester Warriors Stadium, as underdogs Gateshead overturned a 2-0 deficit at half-time, clawing their way back into the game until firing home a winner in the final minute, taking the title 3-2.

Commenting on the day, BA (Hons) Sports Business & Broadcasting student Angely Castro said: “Having the chance to actually film at such an important game (with a 90 minute winner even scored) was extremely rewarding and I look forward to other opportunities in filming. It’s a good way to practice your skills and build a portfolio for your future career in football and sport.”

With students covering all bases, Daniel Marshall had the vital role of commentating from the press stand. Reflecting on how it felt to cover such a thrilling and unpredictable match, he said: “Being able to work on a game like that was extraordinary; I remember almost screaming at that last goal from shock!”

The BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism student added: “Highlights for me were that sense of professionalism and being placed in the press box and having everything technically set up. It really gave me a great insight into the line of work I’ll be doing in the future and whether this is the right path to go down.”

The final was one of several National League matches UCFB journalism students have covered this year, writing weekly reports for North Leigh throughout the season. Due to UCFB’s long-lasting partnership with the league, students are able to have their names published in print in a national sports newspaper, ensuring they’re fully prepared to pursue a career in the industry post-graduating.

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