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Sports Journalists’ Association seeks new secretary

SJAThe Sports Journalists’ Association is searching for a new secretary after its incumbent stepped down.

Steven Downes has left after 12 years in the role, during which time the SJA’s membership rose from fewer than 500 to almost 800.

During his tenure Steven, who also runs hyperlocal website Inside Croydon, launched and managed the 68-year-old association’s site.

The voluntary role is now being advertised by the SJA.

An announcement on its website reads: “After a marathon stint of 12 years, Steven Downes is to step down as the SJA’s Secretary, after being a key part in some of the biggest changes in the Association’s 68-year history.

“When Steven took over as Secretary, the Association had fewer than 500 members. Today, the SJA has nearly 800 members, we host two prestigious annual awards ceremonies for sports people and sports journalists, and provide a range of benefits and services to our growing membership in a rapidly changing media landscape.

“Now, we need someone to pick up the baton and be part of the world’s largest and most active national organisation of sports journalists.!

The role is subject to election by members.

Anyone interested should contact SJA chairman Andy Elliott at