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Latest Sports Media Workshop

22 February 2016

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Inspire Media Academy’s latest Sports Media Workshop was held in The HUB at the Proact Stadium during last week’s half-term break.

Delivered in partnership with Chesterfield FC Community Trust, the workshop has been devised to give aspiring reporters an insight into the demands of a sports media role.

Those who attended were shown how to write match reports and sports new stories. They sat in on Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson’s pre-match press conference and were taught the necessary interview techniques, which they put into practice during a mock press conference featuring Spireites keeper Tommy Lee.

The day concluded with a commentary session, which involved the budding journalists commentating on a goal sequence.

The four attendees included 18-year-old Nicole Challoner, the first female to take part in the one-day workshop, who is keen to study sports journalism at university. Nicole provided the following positive feedback: “I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it has now given me more knowledge about the industry and how to make the most out of my writing and broadcasting.”

The youngsters will be invited to watch a future match at the Proact from the press box and write a match report. A half-time presentation will see them receive a certificate from a Chesterfield player, together with a DVD featuring their commentary.

Sports Media Workshops take place during school holidays. To register interest in a future workshop, please email

Inspire Media Academy also deliver various programmes for primary and secondary schools, including a Key Skills Workshop and a ten-week literacy programme. Other exciting initiatives, using football to engage and inspire, will be announced soon.

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