“We know there are many talented young people in Staffordshire who could become first class journalists and this is a brilliant opportunity for them to showcase their skills."
Jackie Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Journalism
Former professional footballer and current Sky Sports pundit Chris Iwelumo will be joining Staffordshire University for the official launch of the Staffordshire Young Sports Writers Competition, which helps celebrate Stoke-on-Trent's status as European City of Sport 2016.
Chris is a current student at the University and is thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of a campaign, which encourages young people to try their hand at sports journalism and will be amongst a panel of guest judges for the competition.
“I am honoured to be able to give something back to this university as they have provided such a terrific platform for me to develop myself as a sports journalist,” said Chris.
“The sports journalism course is second to none and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's hoped that people entering this competition will be setting off on a path to a career in journalism.”
“It's important to get young people fired up about sport and I'm really looking forward to reading through the entries.”
Jackie Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and founder of the competition, said:
“We know there are many talented young people in Staffordshire who could become first class journalists and this is a brilliant opportunity for them to showcase their skills.
“We'd love them to consider joining one of our journalism courses at Staffordshire University as these have enabled hundreds of graduates to embark on impressive careers across the country.
The competition itself will be open to children aged 7-18 and Sports PR students will be entering colleges and schools next month to encourage entrants.