GCU students team up with the SPFL Trust

15 September 2015

Alison Walker, Board of SPFL Trust; GCU student Ronnie Charters; and Claire Dean, GCU Lecturer

Alison Walker, Board of SPFL Trust; GCU student Ronnie Charters; and Claire Dean, GCU Lecturer

Multimedia Journalism and Media & Communication students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have teamed up with the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Trust to tell the stories behind the beautiful game.

Twenty students have signed up to work with the SPFL Trust to produce news packages and editorial to showcase the ongoing community projects delivered by the Clubs in partnership with the Trust and to uncover Club news.

The Trust works with Scotland’s 42 professional football clubs to facilitate the delivery of community projects, including its flagship programme Football Fans in Training (FFIT) which is aimed at improving health and wellbeing. Through its many initiatives and partnerships, the Trust/Clubs use the power of sport to engage with communities to transform lives and, it is hoped, that by working with GCU students the needs of local communities and the stories behind the scenes will have further reach and impact.

GCU Lecturer in Broadcast and Online Journalism Claire Dean said: "Football Clubs are the hub of many communities in Scotland and there are many untold stories and community projects which are supported and carried out in local clubs. The opportunity to partner with the SPFL Trust gives GCU students unrivalled access to SPFL Clubs and the opportunity to carry out work experience, while they hone their journalism and media skills across multiple platforms.”

Led by Claire Dean and GCU PhD student and sports commentator John Cullen, and in partnership with the SPFL Trust, students will produce content for the SPFL Trust website, newsletters and social media sites, as well as gathering their own stories from Scottish Clubs.

Third-year Multimedia Journalism student Ronnie Charters, from Glasgow, said: “I’m looking forward to reporting on the initiatives and projects which go beyond the score line on a Saturday. Football brings people together and it is these stories which I hope to uncover.”

SPFL Trust Operations Manager Derek Allison said: “We are delighted to partner with Glasgow Caledonian University students to give them invaluable experience and insights into life off the pitch. SPFL Trust, along with the SPFL Clubs, delivers bespoke projects to communities across Scotland and, working with our media department, we hope to continue to use the power of sport to engage with communities across Scotland and share this good news.”