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Would-be journalist realises video game dream thanks to new bursary

Luke PowerA would-be sports journalist who realised his vocation while commentating on football video games as a child has won the opportunity to study journalism thanks to a new bursary.

Luke Power is studying at News Associates in Manchester after becoming the first recipient of a new specialist bursary awarded by the National Council for the Training of JournalistsJournalism Diversity Fund in association with the Football Writers’ Association.

The bursary is designed to help those who are currently under-represented in the journalism industry, or those that have faced hardship in entering the profession, and have a particular interest in sports journalism.

As well as receiving financial support, Luke will also join the FWA’s mentorship scheme and benefit from a network of over 800 of the country’s leading journalists and broadcasters.

Luke, pictured, said: “I’m honoured that journalists I admire at the Football Writers’ Association have shown faith in me by giving me this opportunity.

“I started writing blog posts about football in high school, and my first commentaries were as a child playing FIFA. I think I drove my parents insane with my constant narration.

“It has been quite a journey since then and I am delighted to take my next steps with the FWA.

“I would also like to thank the NCTJ for their amazing efforts in making dreams like these possible through the Journalism Diversity Fund.”

Paul McCarthy, chairman of the FWA, added: “Even at this early stage of his career, Luke has shown all the qualities needed to make a top-class journalist.

“He is dedicated, conscientious and with a real flair and feel for the written word.

“We were blown away by his attitude and determination to succeed and hopefully the FWA bursary and the mentorship involved will provide one of the stepping stones in his career.”