Alex Roberts, aged 25 and from Halifax, was working in a bar before the pandemic. However, after being furloughed, he has decided to use the time to build skills and experience to help him achieve his goal of working as a sports journalist.
“I’ve always had an interest in writing, with English literature and language being my favourite subjects at school. However, due to financial constraints and life getting in the way, I haven’t been able to join a course or study it professionally.
“I’ve followed These Football Times for a while, as I really enjoy their pieces. So, when I saw on Twitter that they were running a Get Started with Football programme with The Prince’s Trust, it was too good to pass up. I thought it would be a great way to build contacts in the field.
“The course is three-weeks’ long, so I still have some time left to learn as much as I can, and we’re exploring all kinds of journalism, from online and magazine articles, to the best way to take notes, make podcasts and write a book.
“I’ve felt a little lost over the last year, but now I feel motivated to try and kickstart my career. I’d definitely consider a future in journalism and the course has inspired me to try to apply for a NCTJ Journalism course in October, if it is running and I can finance it, so I can get certified.
“Seeing your work published on such a well-read football title feels amazing. I’ve learnt that it’s worth investing time in anything you are passionate about, as your future self will thank you for it.”