A former Up To Speed student has won the Football League Sports Journalism Award and a chance to report from the press box at the Championship play-off finals.
Tom Crocker’s match report will be published on the Football League website. Tom won the award for coming top in the NCTJ’s national Sports Journalism exam last year and he was presented with his certificate by NCTJ Chairman Kim Fletcher.
Tom, 19, joined Up To Speed from Poole Grammar School. He took the fast-track course at our Daily Echo offices.
Up To Speed’s sports journalism tutor Rick Broadbent said: “Tom was one of those students at Up To Speed who needed minimal help with his writing. He has got a natural talent for crisp, clean and clear copy that would make him an asset to any sports desk. He has also had the gumption to go and get experience of the sporting world, working at AFC Bournemouth during a turbulent time in the club’s history, and I am sure that combination of initiative and journalistic skill will hold him in good stead in the years ahead.”