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Football League to sponsor sports journalism exam

Top students who complete a sports journalism qualification will have chance to report on football games at Wembley under a sponsorship deal.

The Football League is sponsoring a new award for the best performing candidates in the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ preliminary sports journalism exam.

Those who receive the best marks will have chance to report on The Football League play-off finals at Wembley in May next year.

The winner of the award will report on the final of the Championship play-offs, while the second and third place runners-up will report on League One and League Two respectively, with the match reports being posted on The Football League’s website.

Dave King, editor of the Swindon Advertiser, is judging the exam papers for the 2009/10 academic year and the award winners will be announced in September.

Gavin Megaw, director of external affairs at The Football League, said: “The Football League is delighted to be working with the NCTJ to recognise those students that have excelled in the sports journalism exams.

“The Football League Sports Journalism Award demonstrates our long-term commitment to help the next generation of sports writers.”

Candidates for the upcoming academic year will be eligible to report on the play-off finals in May 2012.