BBC’s Kick Off trainee sports reporter scheme 2019

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Application Deadline: 21 May, 2019

Do you live and breathe sport? Have you ever wanted to be a sports reporter, presenter or commentator?  Then the BBC’s Kick Off trainee sports reporter scheme is for you.

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, we want people who have a passion for sport and who can bring ideas, stories and energy to our BBC Sport teams. We are looking for dedicated, hard-working people that reflect the diverse communities that we serve around the the UK. 

NO previous media or journalism experience, education, or training is required. Instead we’re looking for ambition – a successful reporter will seize this opportunity to begin a career in the sports media world.

We are proud of the number of previous trainee reporters who used this experience to go on and gain employment in the industry and we hope you can be next, regardless of your previous experience

Work experience is unpaid.  We will reimburse travel expenses for up to £15 per days attended

As a BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter you will receive training at the BBC Academy and an induction followed by a 2 days a week, 5 week placement at a BBC radio station or online sports team close to where you live. 

You will work with a BBC mentor who will help guide you through your placement.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience a range of roles learning about how sports reporters work day in, day out. This could include: recording and writing your own stories and features; interviewing sports stars; producing live radio programmes; reading sport bulletins; and writing for the BBC Sport website.

This really could be the start of your career as a sports journalist.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for sport-minded, driven, committed and talented applicants from all across the UK.

This is a very inclusive scheme and we would particularly welcome applications from those who might not have considered a career in sports journalism. As we said, it really doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, the key thing is that you have a passion for sport and for telling stories.

For Health & Safety considerations you will need to be aged 18 or over on 22 July 2019 to apply for this placement.

Role Responsibility

What happens if I am shortlisted?

Applicants who are successfully shortlisted will be invited to their chosen BBC local radio or online site / via telephone to attend an informal interview. These will take place from the 3 June – 17 June 2019.

We’ll want to find out a bit more about you and how suited the placement will be to you. The chat should last no longer than 30 minutes.

The successful BBC Kick Off trainee Sports Reporters will be required to attend a mandatory training event at the BBC Academy in Bristol (details below) in July.


If you are successful you will be required to attend a two-day training event at the BBC Academy in Bristol on Thursday 18 July – Friday 19 July.  Training is mandatory, so if you cannot attend both days of this training event you will not be eligible to apply for this placement.

Travel, accommodation and meals will be provided and paid for by the BBC, for the training, which requires an overnight stay in Bristol.

Placement information

The 5 week placement at your chosen BBC site runs from 22 July – 1 September 2019 (this includes an Induction). Each BBC Kick Off trainee sports reporter will be with us for 2 days per week. The days chosen can be flexible to suit each placement‘s editorial requirements and the availability of the trainee reporter.

There will be a showcase for BBC Kick Off Sports Reporters at the end of their placements in September. This event will be held at the BBC in Salford, the home of BBC Sport and Radio 5 Live.

Are you the right candidate?


There are application questions on the online form, they are to help you give us the information we need. The last three are the questions you need to concentrate on, as these count towards shortlisting if you are chosen to attend an informal interview.

Have a think about the answers before you write them. We aren’t trying to catch you out; we are looking for your passion, motivation and sports knowledge.

Finally, make sure you get someone to spell check your answers – the online form doesn’t have a spell check. Don’t forget it is you and your ideas we are interested in, we can only shortlist you on information you put on your application, so don’t sell yourself short.

You can keep up-to-date with all things Kick Off using #BBCKickOff on social media.

At the BBC we aim to connect with all our audiences, including our underserved audiences, using different methods to inform the quality and direction of our programmes.  We also aim to advance equal opportunities to diversify and develop our workforce and would therefore welcome interest from applicants who are female, disabled and/or from culturally and socially diverse backgrounds.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the BBC’s Kick Off trainee sports reporter scheme 2019

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