An Eastleigh FC fan has landed a unique opportunity to gain broadcasting experience with BT Sport thanks to an innovative scheme by the sports broadcaster.
James Worthington, 20, has been selected to collaborate with the sports broadcaster over the coming season to film, edit and produce Eastleigh FC action for BT Sport’s coverage of non-league football’s top division, the Vanarama National League. The output will form part of BT Sport’s popular weekly highlights TV show of the league.
He is among more than 20 students from across England representing clubs in the division, who are working with the league and BT Sport on this initiative, which was launched on Thursday 26 July at the state of the art BT Sport studios in London.
It is believed to be a first of its kind partnership between a broadcaster and a sport league. BT Sport and the league are teaming to provide equipment, training and support to have the youngsters cover every single National League match, all season long.
The training sessions in London provided students a unique opportunity to see how a broadcast studio functions and gain advice from BT Sport’s football team.
The initiative is part of a rich history of apprentice and work experience opportunities at BT.
‘I have been working as part of the Eastleigh FC media team for over a year now, I also film and produce content for Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching which I have been doing for the past 6 months. Alongside those I have been a student at Southampton Solent University for two years where I have been able to learn from my lecturers and other students skills that will benefit my own work in the media.’
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said:
‘BT Sport is proud to continue its support for this student initiative. It typifies our commitment to sport at every level. Moreover, it demonstrates that as an employer BT Sport is open to new talent and innovative ways of working – something we have worked hard to maintain season on season.’
Brian Barwick, chairman of the National League, said:
‘The National League welcomes BT Sport’s investment in the students at our Member Clubs. It is an invaluable experience for these young people who are aiming to pursue this as a career, as it gives them an invaluable foot in the door of real life broadcasting. The students can be proud of what they are doing for themselves, their Club and the League. Their enthusiasm and eagerness since the programme started has been vindicated by the excellent coverage provided for the Vanarama National League Highlights Show.’