Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter Scheme


About the scheme

Applications are now closed.

The BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter Scheme gives talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds the opportunity to learn and develop sports reporting skills at the BBC.

These work experience placements are two days a week for five weeks during July and August. Placements will be available at BBC local radio and online sites across the UK – the full list is below.

We're looking for talented applicants, male or female, from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. No previous media or journalism experience or training is required.

What’s on offer?

  • Full training from the BBC Academy
  • 2 days a week, 5 week placement within a BBC Local or Nations radio or online sports department
  • A mentor from your chosen BBC site
  • The opportunity to fulfil all roles of a sports reporter, including attending sports events; interviewing sports stars; producing programmes
  • Training in interviewing and sports story writing skills; and how to produce radio programmes and packages for radio and online

Where are the placements?

Placements run across the UK and Northern Ireland.

For more information, visit FAQs page.

What we’re looking for:

  • You'll need to be aged 18 before the start of the scheme. There are no other age limitations.
  • A proven passion for sport
  • A willingness to further your career in sports journalism
  • You don’t need to have any prior journalism experience or training to apply

Many previous Kick Off trainee sports reporters have gone on to work full time in sport for the BBC across the UK, from local radio to BBC Sport in Salford. Don’t miss out on your chance to follow in their footsteps.

Want to know more? View application and interview tips from the BBC Kick Off manager here.

More information

  • BBCKickOff on Twitter
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest from the scheme via the BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporters iPlayer Radio page.