“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.

I think the most beneficial part so far has been the advice we get from well-established journalists, such as writing about things you are passionate about and that are important to you, as that translates well with readers.

“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.”