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Foundation inspire young journalists through Supporter to Reporter project

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The Albion Foundation is giving local secondary school students the opportunity to cover a West Bromwich Albion game as an afternoon reporter throughout the 2023–2024 season.

Supporter to Reporter, a collaboration with the West Bromwich Albion media team, gives Sandwell Academy Year 10 pupils a chance to learn what it’s like to be a journalist or member of the media on an Albion gameday.

Through the Foundation program, students can get work experience while gaining insight into the workings of professional sports journalists by connecting with them in the press box and media suite at Albion and seeing firsthand how they generate content and run their businesses.

So far this campaign, eight students have had the opportunity to spend a day in the shoes of a reporter, attending Foundation seminars to learn about the format and substance of a match report and creating pre-match notes in advance of matchday.

After that, the students will take a tour of the stadium, make connections with the club and outside media in the press box, write their own match reports while the game is going on, and, to cap off their experience, watch the press conference following the game.Match report and notes from a Supporter to Reporter pupil

Back in January, George and Neveah were the first to see Albion’s thrilling triumph over Blackburn in the press box during the afternoon.

The Sandwell Academy pair had enough to write about after watching a thrilling five-goal thriller at The Hawthorns. You can read their match reports by clicking this link:Neveah and George.

During the Baggies’ victory against Birmingham in the West Midlands Derby last month, where Andi Weimann’s late goal sealed the three points, Kia and Aniellia put their newly acquired reporting abilities to the test.Visit this link to read Kia’s analysis of the event.

During the beginning of March, Sophia and Mya served as sports journalists for the day at an exclusive Supporter to Reporter event for girls only, in honor of International Women’s Day. These are their day’s write-ups:Sophia, Mya.

On Mother’s Day, when West Bromwich Albion Women played Burnley, the Year 10 students sat in the press box and watched as Phoebe Warner’s strike gave Albion Women a point.

Supporter to Reporter participants in the Albion media suite

The newest students to join us at The Shrine were James and Kaiden, who watched as Carlos Corberán’s team defeated Bristol City on Saturday to extend their winning streak to six games. James’ report is available to read here.

Ella Montgomery, the lead delivery partner for Supporter to Reporter at The Albion Foundation and mentor for youth wellbeing, highlights the beneficial effects the project has had on the students.

Observing the enthusiasm and involvement of these gifted youth in such a special chance has been an honor.

“I hope to see their names in print one day, and they should be quite proud of the work they have accomplished.”GET MORE NEWS HERE



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