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Schoolgirl could be UK’s youngest sports reporter at 12

A 12-year-old girl has become one of the youngest sports reporters in the country after writing about her local football team for a number of local newspapers.

Mica Bale’s match reports of Louth Town Football Club have been published in the Grimsby Telegraph, Louth Leader, Louth Target and Lincolnshire Echo.

She started out as a football writer when she heard that Louth Town, who are part of the Northern Counties East Division, needed someone to write their match reports for the media.

Mica, pictured with the club’s manager Daryl Clare, has been supporting the team, known as the White Wolves, for a number of years and has also had work published in a number of national magazines.

She told the Louth Leader: “I am enjoying it very much. It can be hard work, it keeps me on my toes keeping up with the game. It’s a great experience though and I am really pleased to have been given the opportunity.

“I like to play football too but don’t have much time for that at the moment. I have followed The White Wolves for a few years now and they get better and better.

“The only thing I would like to see is more people watching them. Compared to the rest of the league, Louth’s attendances are quite good but they could be much better.”

Grimsby Telegraph sports editor Trevor Green told HTFP: “We are always grateful for well-written and accurate submitted reports from our network of contributors around the region.

“People like Mica fulfil an important service to the amateur sports clubs they serve – helping to ensure they are kept in the  public eye.

“Just like the Louth Town side she reports on, I am sure she will continue to go onwards and upwards.

“For someone so young, she has a good writing style and, best of all, she is willing to take on board advice regarding word lengths, deadlines and including quotes.”

Manager Daryl Clare added: “She is doing a fabulous job for us. She is accurate, has a good style and shows a really good understanding.

“I like the fact that Mica is always very positive but never writes that we have played well when we know we haven’t. Her critiques are spot on.”


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  • December 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Is she being paid the going rate for writing? I really hope this isn’t one of those “talented young writer is shamelessly exploited by newspaper” stories.

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  • December 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Oh dear. This story will give JP, Newsquest et al an idea.

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