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Trainee sports reporters sought by BBC

Image caption Former BBC Kick Off trainee Claire Taylor was given opportunities to work in radio, as well as TV and online

The next generation of sports reporters are being sought by the BBC.

The Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter Scheme gives people the opportunity to learn and develop sports reporting skills at the BBC.

Claire Taylor describes her time at the BBC as a Kick Off trainee.

As a politics graduate with no prior academic background in journalism, I didn't expect to find myself working for BBC Scotland as a sports reporter.

However, I love sport. I'm a competitive hurdler and an all-round sports fanatic so when I found out about the Kick Off scheme, I jumped at the chance.

My placement was during the Commonwealth Games and I found myself doing everything from interviewing members of the Scotland team to writing articles, which were published on the BBC Sport Scotland online page.

It was the perfect way to get hands on experience across all multi-platforms.

I was given the opportunity to edit and create packages for Radio Scotland, as well as find and write stories for online.

I also went out on location with sports journalists, attended press conferences and interviews with the top teams in Scotland.

Highlights included doing a television interview with Louis Smith from the English gymnastics squad, and having one of my articles published on both the main sport and news pages of BBC Scotland.

I was also lucky enough to meet and set up interviews with Gary Lineker and Matt Baker for the BBC's Sportsound radio programme.

More than anything I found my time with the BBC really enjoyable and I developed numerous skills which I now employ in my work in BBC News.

Although work is not guaranteed at the end of your placement, over the two month period you will have the opportunity to get to know other departments and network throughout the building.

If you believe a future in sport and media may be for you then don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity and make your mark on BBC Scotland.

Go to www.bbc.co.uk/kickoff for more information. Applicants must be 18 or older on 1 July 2015. The closing date for applications is 5 May 2015.

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