It’s been great, in the last week or so, to see the rubber hitting the road in our relationship with Wrexham’s Glyndwr University.
It all began at the start of the year, when an email was sent to the institution, testing the water as far as linking up was concerned.
The response was very positive indeed, and one afternoon Ian Williams and I set off on the A5 / A483 en route to meet with Jon Simcock, who has remained our main point of contact ever since.
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) March 22, 2017
The idea of linking with the Broadcasting, Journalism & Media Communications deparment (to use its full title) was twofold. First of all, as a club we can provide practical opportunities for degree students.
Secondly, it gives us extra pairs of hands, which especially on matchdays, can come in handy. With a couple of meetings one Friday afternoon, I met first of all with Joe Stanley and then Kara Davies and Emma Tattum.
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) March 21, 2017
With the connections taking place at Park Hall, it was a chance to not only to share with them about the opportunities we could offer but also to show them round. From the photo-shoot area to the players’ changing room, they got to see what goes on, not only on the surface, but also behind the scenes as well.
The very next day, Emma and Kara joined us as we made our way to the capital to take on Cardiff Metropolitan University FC. They expected to be travelling by car, hit the game and then return home afterwards.
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) March 23, 2017
They were very pleasantly surprised to find that as a media team we travel with the players on the team bus. In fact there is an integration between team and media at TNS that not every professional football club has.
The girls were great, and three days later it was Emma joining Joe Stanley, as he made his debut with us, on the road at gap Connah’s Quay. Joe did his very first match report, which is a significant step if you intend to work in the world of sports journalism.
— Glyndwr Media (@GlyndwrMedia) March 21, 2017
Then, to bring us up to date, Emma and Kara were reunited on Saturday, this time as they covered a game at Park Hall for the first time.
It’s been really encouraging to receive such positive feedback from everyone involved in the partnership so far. We do intend to develop, both in terms of quality and quantity, so, as they say, watch this space.
Stewart Bloor – Media & Communications Officer at TNS.
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