Kick Off Sports Reporter FAQs

When does it start?

The work experience placements are for two days a week for eight weeks during July and August 2014.

Where will I be based?

Work placements will be based all over England at selected BBC Local Radio stations, plus Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands. You will work on radio and online output.

Can I choose which areas I want to do my work placements in?

No. We select the various BBC locations which choose to take part in the scheme. Please decide which one is nearest you from the locations available.

I want to be a researcher / director / producer. Is the scheme for me?

No, the Kick Off sports reporter scheme is for people taking the first steps in a possible sports reporting or broadcasting career.

Will I be offered training?

Yes. The scheme offers a two day comprehensive paid training course from 26th – 27th June 2014 at the College of Journalism in BBC Bristol. You will need to attend this training to take part in the scheme.

What support will I get on the scheme?

You will be assigned a mentor at your BBC location, and you’ll also be supported by the central managers of the scheme.

How will I know how I am doing?

You’ll be given feedback on your performance and will also be asked to give your own feedback as well.

What hours will I work?

You will work two days a week for the eight weeks of the placement. Working patterns in terms of hours per day and days per week will vary greatly depending on the work you are doing. You may sometimes have to work long and unsociable hours to meet deadlines, and you are likely to need to travel and work around the area, depending on the needs of the sports department.

Will I be paid while I'm training?

No, but all reasonable travel expenses will be paid, and accommodation will be provided.

Will I be paid whilst working?
No, but all reasonable expenses while at work will be paid.

Will I get work at the end of the scheme?

There is no guarantee. However, at the end of the scheme you will be well equipped to compete for freelance or casual work at the BBC or in the wider broadcast industry.

Is there a long-term career for me at the BBC?

We hope so. Many of our trainees are now working in full time reporting and production jobs in BBC Local Radio and BBC Sport. We’ll give you the skills, experience and confidence that you need to succeed as a sports reporter or producer. The rest is up to you.

What did previous Trainees do?

Here’s some information on what reporters got up to on last year’s scheme on BBC iPlayer Radio and you can find out what they’re doing next in the BBC Kick Off Facebook Group:

Any further help?

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please email and someone will get back to you asap.

How do I apply?

You can apply by clicking on your chosen location from the selection available.

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