Thursday 11 January 2018

11-year-old Holly reports to work with club's press team

Holly Lowther was the next junior reporter to be given an exciting opportunity to work with our press team where she produced an impressive match report for our game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Spurs Ladies’ local school initiative gives aspiring, junior sports reporters the opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside The Lilywhites’ press team in a professional environment, writes Khalid Karimullah.

The experience allows the school’s reporters to attend a home match at Cheshunt FC’s Theobalds Lane, in the hopes of garnering their understanding of the skills, perseverance and attention to detail that’s needed to achieve their journalistic ambition.

Holly worked alongside Rosie and Khalid from our press team

Holly worked alongside Rosie and Khalid from our press team

We kicked-off the programme with 10-year-old Imogen who “thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt she learned a great deal,” according to Specialist Physical Education teacher, Mr Flett.

And we continued to inspire with 11-year-old Holly, who got to experience shorthand writing - to interviewing Player of the Match, Ashleigh Neville in front of the camera!

Rosie Bonass, part of the club’s press team, said she was proud to be involved in giving back to the community and to see the confidence, desire and work ethic Holly displayed.

“It's so pleasing to see girls like Holly show a real interest in sports media at such a young age and I really admire them for it. It's true that the players, managers and coaches are usually the stars of the show but there are many other ways to shine off the field and our staff has done a superb job in making that possible for these junior reporters and I hope that it will encourage more to get involved.

“As much as the programme benefits them, it’s also a reminder of how important it is to be a role model to them, just like the players already are to the fans. They look up to us; they watch the team, support the club and aspire to be a part of what we are achieving so it is vital that we do our best with them in mind. 

“It's important that we showed Holly and other junior reporters how challenging the role can be but also how rewarding and enjoyable it is. There are pros and cons to everything in life and it’s great that the juniors are able to get a real insight into some of the obstacles that we as journalists/press officers face.

“I find that interviewing players can be real nerve wracking sometimes because for me personally, these are people who I watch week in, week out and they inspire me so for Holly, at her age to stand in front of a camera with several people watching and recording her is an unbelievable experience and something that she should be proud of.”

Bonass further articulated she hopes the biggest takeaway Holly gained was the ability to believe in herself – and her dreams.

And given the young reporter has already been exposed to the culture, she sees no reason why not. 

 “I hope that this experience has given Holly the confidence and belief in herself to do anything that she wants and she knows that great things can be achieved if she just puts her mind to it,” she added.

“My advice for any aspiring journalists is simple, if you have a strong enough desire to work in the industry then believe in yourself, work tirelessly and go for it because there is no better job to have than one that you are passionate about. You'll have to make sacrifices along the way but if you're dedicated enough then you'll reap the rewards in time.”

Report from Holly Lowther at Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane:

It was The Lilywhite’s first game of 2018 and they were up against Brighton & Hove Albion, who they lost to 1 -4 in their previous encounter. T he weather was cold and windy which made it very difficult for both teams. The match ended 0 – 1. Tottenham had lost the game but not lost hope of ending their poor run of results.

The Seagulls kicked off with the wind at their backs. A well-timed sliding tackle by Asleigh Neville resulted in a corner for Brighton. After 8 minutes, Brighton’s midfield had taken full advantage of the conditions as they continued to create goal scoring opportunities.

After 10 minutes, Brighton’s pressure payed off with a well taken free kick by Sophie Perry which beat Spurs No. 21 Chloe Morgan at the near post. In the 20th minute Brighton had the ball in Spurs’ net again but Gibbons is deemed off side by the linesman.

The Lilywhites needed a reaction after nearly going 0 – 2 down. 25 minutes in, Spurs came close after Lucia Leon brought the ball forward and laid on a pass to Lauren Pickett who whipped in a first time cross. Unfortunately the ball evaded Sarah Wiltshire and Ronnell Humes, who was rushing in, but the ball flew past her foot by inches.

Spurs were working really hard to get an equaliser. Ten minutes left of the first half and another chance for Brighton. Bronwen Thomas hit the ball narrowly past the post. 5 minutes before the end of the first half Jenna Schillaci had a free path to kick to Renee Hector and looked to evade home but the danger was frantically cleared away by Brighton.

The Lilywhites make a half time substitution bringing on Maya Vio in place of Hannah Mackenzie.

50 minutes gone and Spurs were pushing hard for the equaliser. On 58 minutes Spurs made another change bringing on Bianca Baptiste for Humes. Baptiste made an instant impact shooting inches over the bar after she is fed through by Wiltshire. On 67 minutes Spurs made their third and final substitution, swapping Katie O’Leary for the experienced Wendy Martin.

With 79 minutes gone Martin played through Bianca, who hit a vicious left-footed shot, which unfortunately hit the side netting.

85 minutes and The Seagulls were still making it hard for Spurs as they continued to press all over the pitch. After 90 minutes Spurs gained a free kick 25 yards from the Brighton goal. Wiltshire’s attempt was saved by Lucy Gillett.

With 3 added minutes no. 9 Umotong was denied a second Brighton goal after an excellent save by Chloe Morgan. Umotong had kept the Spurs back line busy all game leading to Ashleigh Neville collecting the Woman of the Match award.

Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography.