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Benjamin Palmer
Sports Journalism Project – PlacementBuckie

“I have absolutely loved being a part of the Opportunity Enhancement Trust team of reporters and have covered a range of sides working on games from the Highland League to the SPFL Premiership.

I have been given a great deal of support and that has helped me to develop from an online reporter to one that has been published in The Times at the age of 16.

The Sports Journalism Project helps to lay the fundamental requirements for a future not only in journalism but also in many other career paths. My writing skills have improved through this opportunity and I have also learned some key life lessons, whether that be how to communicate with others in a professional manner or even how to use a wide range of IT products well.
These skills are applicable in all walks of life and without them I personally wouldn’t feel as well rounded a person. OET has laid the foundations for what I hope to be a successful career in sports journalism.

My school grades have also developed well thanks to the experience of dealing with a time pressured environment where it is important to learn how to think on your feet as well as being organised and remaining calm.

Above all I am getting to dramatically improve my future prospects by simply doing something I enjoy, watching football!”

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Grant Pringle
Sports Journalism Project – PlacementAberdeen

“I find the whole project a fantastic thing to get into; personally, I am astounded at what I have done in just a couple of months.

Reporting on Inverness Caley Thistle was something that I had wanted to do for a few years so I am loving being able to do that and to get my work published online and in the Times is incredible.

I am grateful for the experience that I am gaining as I want to study sports journalism when I leave school. When I originally applied for this opportunity I just expected to type up a report at the end of a football match but I have gained so much more and my confidence has grown dramatically.

The post-match interviews in particular were initially quite nerve-wracking but talking to some of the players that I have looked up to all my life has made me a lot more confident.

As my standard grade exams approach, English is an area that I knew I would need to work hard at and this project has definitely improved my writing skills.  I got into the project through my school and I haven’t regretted one minute of it.  I am really grateful to Steven Rattray for giving me an opportunity like this and mentoring me as I learn and develop new skills. ”

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