We are delighted that we have been able to provide the opportunity for two students from Sheffield Hallam University – Sam Chadwick (above left) and Tom Pratt (right) – to work with us to provide weekly match reports from our Senior Section. These will supplement the Premier and Championship division reports we already publish. 
The arrangement will be a ‘win-win’ situation for both parties – it will help the league to gain valuable publicity for the Senior Section, and it will give Sam and Tom useful experience that they can add to their CVs. 
Sam is a first-year student at the university; he has recently moved from Greater Manchester to study Sports Journalism. He has a lot of enthusiasm for cricket having played for Greenmount CC in the Bolton, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester leagues. Sam is now keen to take his knowledge into a new role and gain some vital experience for his future exploits. 
Tom is in his second year at Sheffield Hallam, where he is studying journalism. He is a keen cricketer who has had the privilege of playing at North Marine Road for Scarborough CC, playing through the junior age groups up to senior level, mostly for the 2nd XII. Since moving to university, he has developed his interest in reporting and journalism. Tom says that; “This opportunity will not only help with my skills, but give something back to cricket. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into it.” 
The arrangement has been brokered by Richard Fidler, Chief Executive of HRM PR Creative, one of South Yorkshire’s leading PR and social media agencies, who is also cricket secretary at Rotherham Town CC, and is on the League’s Senior Section committee. 
Richard spoke to university journalism lecturer Martin Smith about providing an opportunity for students to experience a real life task as they develop skills which will eventually lead to a job in the industry. 
Richard said; “From personal experience I know how important it is to gain experience as early as possible in a career that you want to pursue. The practice of hitting deadlines and delivering content as prescribed can never be learned too soon. 
“As a former Sheffield Hallam student myself, I’m delighted that Sam and Tom are able to take this opportunity and I hope they both develop their writing and editing talents throughout the season. We’re pleased to have them on board and I’m confident they will do a great job.” 
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