- 15-year-old Sam from Gloucester wins inaugural title
- Designed to recognise talents of young rugby writers
Last month, LV= launched the Young Reporter Competition, designed to recognise the talents of burgeoning young rugby writers up and down the country.
Identified as playing a crucial role in the development of professional players, the LV= Cup has continued to identify up-and-coming young talent but this time, it is in the form of rugby writers.
The LV= Young Reporter Competition invited youngsters under the age of 16 to submit a 200-word review of any LV= Cup Round 4 fixture, with the winner receiving four VIP tickets to the LV= Cup Final, as well as an opportunity to interview LV= Ambassador and former England captain, Lewis Moody.
The panel, comprising of representatives from the Rugby Football Union, LV=, Premiership Rugby, and a national rugby journalist, have now reviewed all the entries and chosen the overall winner and two runners-up.
Taking home the inaugural title of 2012-13 LV= Young Reporter is 15 year-old Sam Durham from Gloucester. Sam chose to report on the West Country derby between Gloucester Rugby and Bath Rugby, which saw the visitors record a 32-5 win over the Cherry & Whites – their first win at Kingsholm since 2006.
I can’t wait to interview Lewis Moody – Sam, LV= Young Reporter Winner
The panel was unanimous in selecting Sam as the overall winner, commenting on his accurate and descriptive portrayal of the LV= Round 4 game. The Gloucester Rugby supporter, who lists Freddie Burns among his favourite players, will now have the chance to further hone his reporting skills as he will be invited to interview LV= Ambassador Lewis Moody at the LV= Cup final on March 17 at Sixways Stadium.
Commenting on his win, Sam said: “I’m really pleased to have won this award and I can’t wait to interview Lewis Moody on the day of the final. It will be great to get his thoughts on the competition. He has so much experience and knowledge so I’m sure it won’t be hard thinking of some questions to put to him.
“I’ve followed rugby closely over the past four years or so, and sports journalism is definitely something I’m interested in. This award will look great on my CV and hopefully help me in the future.”
Also receiving tickets to the LV= Final are runners-up, 14-year-old Tim Rutland and 13-year-old Issy Ronald.
Commenting on the LV= Young Reporter Competition entries, LV= Head of Sponsorship Claire Jeromson said: “This award embraces the spirit of the LV= Cup as it is all about celebrating young talent, and it’s great to see how much the tournament means to so many young rugby fans. The standard of entries was incredibly high but in the end the judges were unanimous in their decision. Congratulations to Sam for his insightful post match report, which perfectly summed up the drama and excitement of the LV= Cup derby between Gloucester and Bath.”