Updated: May 10, 2020
I took a group of first-year students from UCA Farnham to The Den last night to watch Millwall beat Coventry 3-0. Millwall’s press officer Deano Standing kindly offered to host six students, and he gave the group a tour of the stadium and potted history of the club pitch side before the game began.
The experience seems to have gone down well, although I think the speed at which reports need to be written, edited and filed caught most of them by surprise. However much you say this in the classroom, it’s not until you put people in a real situation that the penny drops and this was invaluable experience.
There’s another trip coming up next week, courtesy of Brighton & Hove Albion. One of my former students from LCC is working in the press office there and the club have very kindly offered some places for the England under-19s game against Denmark next Thursday.
I’m always on the lookout for press box opportunities for any live sporting event, and UCA Farnham is keen to develop relationships with more sporting bodies, so contact me if you think you can help.