A group of Tranmere Rovers junior supporters have been training up as junior media specialists.
The Vanarama National League club has been working closely with local media and education consultants hi-impact to develop an exclusive course of digital media and sports journalism for 9-13 year olds.
Before and during each home game the junior media team attend workshops, learning how to use a range of technology and high-end media equipment. They can be found out and about capturing fan interviews, reporting on events in the fan zone, designing competitions, building a junior supporters’ website, editing videos and using social media to engage with other young supporters following the team.
Tranmere Rovers see it as a great way to engage with their junior fans, allowing them to work within the club on a non-footballing level.
Paul Harper, the club’s communications officer says: “The club is delighted to be working alongside Hi-Impact with the Junior Media Team. The youngsters are the future for the industry and it has been fantastic to see their enthusiasm towards the programme. It is an exciting prospect for them to be involved and they can see what goes on behind the scenes at a professional football club.
There are some very talented individuals who have shown real flair towards the role so we hope we can continue to work together and give fantastic opportunities to youngsters who have an interest in media and everything which goes along with it.”
The collaboration between TRFC and hi-impact generated interest from children all over Wirral. From a number of online application forms, 15 children were selected to represent the media team for this season. hi-impact bring a wealth of experience and expertise in technology and curriculum consultancy as well as providing all resources, including kit and personnel to the project. Through structured workshops the team have been learning how to maximise their presence through the use of different medias and reporting styles.
As a legacy of the project the children have been using an online platform called Makewaves, evidencing their work and earning digital open badges, allowing them to showcase the skills they have gained and continue to add to them throughout their education and beyond.