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Budding Sports Reporter Hayden Given International Assignment

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A tour with the Football Association and an interview with one of the biggest names in international cricket have ensured that the summer has got off to a sparkling start for University of Worcester Journalism student, Hayden Atkins.

Hayden recently travelled to Spain to cover the Veteran Masters World Cup with the England team, and after impressing there, was offered a video journalism work placement with a local television station.

After completing his second year at university, Hayden was offered the opportunity to travel with Englandís five-a-side squad for the tournament, which was held at Real Sociedadís 2,500-seat training ground in San Sebastian.

Hayden spent the seven-day tour writing match reports and photographing the annual over-50s tournament, with the experience made even more special due to the fact that his father, West Midlands fireman Rob Atkins, was part of the England squad.

ďI had a fantastic time covering the games and interviewing players,Ē said Hayden. ďAnd because Iíve studied Spanish for the last six years and Iím almost fluent in the language, I was able to interview some of the Spanish players.

ďIíve been playing for Sunday league teams since I was six years old and Iím a massive Birmingham City fan. Writing about sport is my favourite element of my journalism degree so this opportunity to travel abroad and write for the FA was superb.

ďIn the future I hope to be writing sports articles for a big company in Spain because I love Spanish football and itís my dream to go and work there.Ē

Following the success of his Spanish reporting stint, Hayden has gone on to secure a video journalism work placement with Midlands TV station BigCentreTV, covering Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.

ďThe FA tour Manager was so impressed with the work I put in for the team that he sent my CV off to some of his media sports contacts and BigCentre invited me for a trial day,Ē said Hayden.

ďOne day turned into two, including a fantastic face-to-face interview with Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand cricket captain, and now Iíve been asked to work regular shifts for them during July.Ē

Hayden, studying a BA(Hons) Journalism degree, has also planned work placements with the Worcester News and the Birmingham Mail.