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VIDEO: 'Press Pass' initiative

Youngsters spend a day in a reporter's shoes

THE Albion Foundation is continuing to provide opportunities for youngsters in the local community, most recently with the Press Pass initiative. 

A partnership between the Foundation and the West Bromwich Albion media team, Press Pass gives aspiring writers the rare opportunity to report on a live Premier League fixture.

Two lucky pupils from Albion Foundation workshops across the West Midlands are invited to The Hawthorns each matchday to rub shoulders with the professionals and experience a day in the life of a sports journalist.

Participants prepare pre-match notes in the media lounge with the likes of Chris Kamara and Martin Tyler.

They then sit amongst the national newspaper journalists in the press box and takes notes on the action as it unfolds before heading back to the media lounge to hear the managers' post match press conferences.

And to top it off, all their work is published online with a match report uploaded to the Albion Foundation's website.

Press Pass coordinator David Moore believes the initiative is a fantastic opportunity for young people.

"If it's an amazing experience for me it's going to be an amazing experience for the youngsters as well.

"Some of them have never been to a game before so to work with managers of Premier League clubs at the ages of 14 and 15 is great.

"The feedback we get from schools and the enthusiasm of the participants shows that the whole thing is really positive."