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Eckington Students Inspired at Proact

3 December 2014

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Students from Eckington School were invited to the Proact Stadium this week as part of the ongoing Inspire Media Academy programme.

The latest session saw the students interview manager Paul Cook and Spireites player Gboly Ariyibi in a press conference situation.

Eckington School student George Dodson enjoyed his time at the Proact, but said that interviewing the manager was especially difficult.

He said: "It was good but I was nervous at the same time. I didn't know what to ask him, I froze on the spot.

"I came in with a lot of questions but then I couldn't remember what to say."

Chesterfield winger Gboly Ariyibi was given a tough grilling by the students, but felt there was plenty of potential in the room.

He said: "There were a lot of questions and some of them were good questions as well.

"The hardest question had to be when they asked me how much I earned. I don't get asked things like that normally so I had to tell them to ask the manager instead.

"It was very different from a normal press conference because they were interested and asking genuine questions, sometimes with older journalists they can be trying to catch you out.

"Today was good and I was able to be open with the students."

As the programme continues the students will learn more about the media under Nick Johnson, Chesterfield FC's head of media and communications, before returning to the Proact Stadium to write live match reports for an upcoming home fixture. 

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Inspire Media Academy programme or the mentoring scheme should email

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