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The Masterclass programme has been designed to create a pathway for young under-represented groups to help diversify the sports media industry.
Since the programme started in 2019 there have been a number of success stories
Mayowa is the Brand & Editorial Officer for VERSUS. A self-proclaimed conversationalist, Mayowa aims to use football as a means of discussing societal issues whilst opening up the game to being more about just the final result. Previously featured on CNN, BBC, The Athletic, Sky and more, Mayowa aims to bring a new and fresh approach to sports media by addressing topics not addressed by mainstream media and embracing an organic tone of voice.
Brian was one of the first recipients of the inaugural BCOMS x Chelsea Foundation scholarship which enabled him to study for his NCTJ.
Maria is a former professional table tennis athlete, achieving a Commonwealth Bronze medal in 2018. After successfully completing her masters at City University in Broadcast Journalism, she went on to freelance at Reach PLC, BBC Radio Berkshire and The Sun before gaining a permanent position at ITV Sport as Junior Producer. Currently she works across a variety of sports including football, rugby and horse racing. Notably, she created many opening features to the Men’s World Cup 2022 and is currently working on the FA Cup and Six Nations on-site and creating broadcast edits.
Fadumo is one of the UK’s leading voices in women’s sport.
She has experience as a journalist, presenter, reporter, expert pundit, event host and influencer.
She has worked with leading brands and companies including The Telegraph, Adidas, Copa90, The FA, BT Sport, Gal-dem and BBC London.
Experienced Writer with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry. He is currently a digital content manager at FIFA where he covers tournaments like the FIFA Men and Women’s World Cup.
Um-E-Aymen Babar is an award-winning multilingual journalist working at the intersection of race, class and sport. She won the 2022 Hugh Cudlipp Award for her debut piece in Wisden. She was also shortlisted for the 2022 Vikki Orvice Student Football Writer of the Year Award. Um-E-Aymen won the inaugural BCOMS x Chelsea Foundation scholarship to study for her NCTJ and currently works as a journalist for BBC Sport.