Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Kick it out chance for Thurrock’s aspiring sports journalists

KICK It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) are giving aspiring journalists the chance to earn two paid freelance contracts in a competition launched through their joint ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign.

Headed up by Dagenham & Redbridge legend Anwar Uddin, Fans for Diversity launched in March 2014 to encourage fan-led activity in promoting inclusivity, equality and diversity through the power of football. The freelance contracts cover the submission of five written articles each for a total of £500 per person, and will include reporting on Fans for Diversity events and putting together comment pieces about the work of Kick It Out and the FSF.

The competition closes on Friday 20th March, with CVs required to accompany entries. Once the deadline has passed, six candidates will be selected to enter the final stage. An interview process will then be led by a panel of judges, made up of representatives from Kick It Out and the FSF, plus two national newspaper journalists, to select the winning entries.

A mentor will also be assigned to each of the winners so that they can seek advice and guidance. Those entries which do not win the competition won’t be wasted as they’ll be taken into consideration for publication on and, meaning writers can gain a useful ‘cutting’ to accompany their CV.

To enter, send in a 600-800 word comment piece which focuses on the themes of football, fans and diversity, and references the work of the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign. All entries must be sent to with your CV by Friday 20th March. To find out more, please call (020) 7253 0162.


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