BBC Kick Off is a training scheme for would-be sports reporters from diverse backgrounds and with no previous media education or experience. It gives the new journalists an opportunity to develop their experience and reporting skills within the BBC.
After selection from over 800 applicants, the 20 trainees join us at the start of the summer for an intensive two-day training course at the BBC's College of Journalism in Bristol. They then spend two days a week at selected BBC Local Radio stations throughout England working on daily sports output. By the end of the scheme in September they have the skills and experience to match their enthusiasm. Many previous trainees have gone on to find work as sports reporters or production staff.
September 14th was the end of the 2012 scheme, and concluded with a bang at the BBC Kick Off Sports Reporters Awards Day in Quay House, Salford. Special guests, including Football Focus presenter Dan Walker and Head of BBC Outreach Alec McGivan, were there to hand out their well-earned end-of-placement certificates.
Visit the scheme's Facebook page here.