Sporting greats call on Sheffield’s young radio stars

Five live summariser Danny Webber with pupils at Parkwood Academy to encourage them to enter the junior sports comentator of the year competition
Picture Dean Atkins

Five live summariser Danny Webber with pupils at Parkwood Academy to encourage them to enter the junior sports comentator of the year competition Picture Dean Atkins

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Sports stars called by a Sheffield academy with the aim of encouraging fledgling commentating talent to try out their skills.

Former Manchester United and Sheffield United star Danny Webber, and Leeds Rhino Jamie Jones-Buchanan were aboard the Radio 5 news and sports station’s branded bus when it parked for a day in the playground of Parkwood E-ACT Academy.

It was all part of a bid to inspire pupils to get involved in a nationwide search for talented young commentators. During the day, students got the chance to take part in masterclasses and workshops in the art of commentary.

Rachel Smith, Parkwood E-ACT Academy Principal, said that the day provided a great opportunity for youngsters: “Having the bus with us for the day gave students of Parkwood Academy a chance to get tips from the top and receive invaluable career advice from people who work on a national radio station. It was also something adults could get involved with as there was an after school session for teachers and parents.”

Student Sameer Mohammed said: “It was a bit nerve racking co-commentating with Danny because he’s a professional but he really helped me get over my fears and believe that I could do it. I’d love to be a commentator like him in the future.”

Another student, Madyson Grey said: “Jamie gave us some really good advice about how to be confident and believe in ourselves. The whole day was really fun.”

The winner of Young Commentator of the Year receives a trophy and a day with 5 Live at a sporting event where they can commentate. They also receive a behind the scenes tour of 5 Live and BBC Sport at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Football Correspondent, John Murray’s tips were as follows: “You’ve got to remember you are commentating for the radio, not television, so words are extremely important as the action can’t be seen. Think about pace and how you can build up to a crucial point.”