During April, Year 10 and 11 students from Barry Comprehensive School, accompanied by teachers Mr Williams and Miss Bowkett, attended a media experience day courtesy of Cardiff City FC. The match in question was a rejuvenated Cardiff City side, under the guidance of the old master Neil Warnock, against an ever improving and confident Brentford Town.
Before kick-off, the students went ‘backstage’ to mix with local journalists in the press area and were invited on to the pitch to receive a signed shirt. The budding journalists then watched the match from the press area, attended the post-match press post conference to hear the manager’s views and were then tasked with writing an official match report. Head of Communications at Cardiff City FC, Mark Denham commented, “It was a pleasure to welcome the pupils of Barry Comprehensive to our game with Brentford and give them the opportunity of experiencing a working match-day at Cardiff City Stadium.
I was delighted to read Daley’s report of the game and hope that the visit inspired him and his classmates to consider a career in sports media. Credit, also, to Mr Williams and Ms Bowkett for taking education out of the classroom and giving their students a real taste of the working world, via the engaging medium of professional sport.
I’d also like to take the opportunity of wishing Barry Comp the very best of luck ahead of their trip to Sri Lanka later this year, which I know is so important to them and those they’re supporting.”
On behalf of Barry Comprehensive School Mr Williams and Miss Bowkett would like to thank Cardiff City FC for their amazing hospitality and generosity. Mr Williams said “The boys in attendance really appreciated the experience and it has inspired some of them to consider a future career in journalism. The signed Cardiff City shirt will be used as the main prize for a school penalty shootout competition which is being held in order to raise money for the Help Lanka project”.
Read the match report here.