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BBC Young Commentator

BBC Young Commentator

On Friday 29th April, BBC 5 Live visited Whitburn Academy to promote the BBC Young Sports Commentator of the Year Competition.   The Team from BBC 5 live were joined by special guests: former St Kent's pupil, ex Raith Rovers player and former St Mirren Manager, Danny Lennon and Sports Psychologist Steve Turnbull.   During Tutor and period 1, they gave a presentation and motivational talk all of S1 and S2.  

Over the remainder of the school day, 4 small groups of S1/S2 pupils visited the 5 Live Media bus, which was parked up in the school car park for the day to try their hand at commentating, either on a goal scored by Wayne Rooney for Manchester United or of Rory McIlroy's British Open Golf winning putt.  

Through commentating and the preparation that was needed, the pupils learned a number of important skills including:  being prepared, research and communication skills, all of these also being important skills to have. The pupils had a fun time commentating and it is fair to say that we definitely have a number of budding John Motsons and Jacqui Oatleys here in Whitburn!   

As part of the event, Chloe and Elena, two of our S2 pupils, were interviewed live on BBC 5 Live about their thoughts on the event and had their commentaries played out live to the nation!  

Thanks must go to the BBC 5 live team, Danny Lennon and Steve Turnbull for the time they spent working with our pupils.

To hear Chloe and Elena's live interview, visit the following link their interview is just over 1 hour 53 minutes into the broadcast.

Some photographs from the event can be found on our Image Gallery.

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