Brentford FC Community Sports Trust teamed up with local radio station Westside Radio to offer a DJ masterclass to young people living in Ealing in October. The partnership saw young people from our intervention projects learn how to operate broadcast equipment; learn how to play songs; basic presenting techniques and learning how to prepare and conduct a radio interview. The workshop culminated in the young people interviewing Brentford players Matej Majka and Gustav Mogensen in an interview-style setting.
And after Brentford’s stunning 7-0 victory over Luton Town in November, the youngsters put their skills to the test when they attended the game and took part in the post-match press conference. Rose, 14, had the unique opportunity to ask Brentford Head Coach Thomas Frank what his favourite moment of the game was.
Rose, who is a young carer for her mum, said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the workshop and then testing my skills at the press conference. I am proud to be the only female ‘journalist’ to ask a question!”
Commissioned by Ealing Council, the young people involved in the workshop are part of the Trust’s Young Carers and Brighter Futures projects, which offers educational and support activities. Along with playing the best hip hop and R&B, Westside Radio deliver community content related to Ealing and surrounding boroughs and upskill young people with a range of educational workshops.
Wilzy, Radio Presenter and tutor at Westside Radio, said: “It was a great pleasure training young people from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust in radio presenting. They really enjoyed the experience of presenting a radio show alongside interviewing some of Brentford’s players. Hopefully we have discovered some future stars of sports broadcasting!”