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Leicester and Harlequins boast young reporter winners in rounds one and two

22 January 2014

  • LV= Young Reporter competition recognises young rugby journalist talent
  • Leicester and Harlequins represented in winner for rounds one and two winner
2013 LV= Young Reporter Winner Sam Durham

Photo: 2013 LV= Young Reporter winner Sam Durham

Following the launch of the LV= Young Reporter competition last season, which aims to recognise the next generation of talented young rugby journalists, the winners of the 2013/14 season for rounds one and two have been chosen.

Congratulations to Jasper Reid, 16, and Ellie Taylor, 15, who are the first two names on the shortlist of four, with one winner selected per round.

Leicester Tigers fan and round one winner Jasper Reid entered the competition to help further his dream of becoming a sport journalist. Having secured work experience for his local paper, as well as writing match reports for his school’s first XV, Jasper’s knowledge shone through to secure the first of four finalist spots in the LV= Young Reporter competition.

A Leicester Tigers supporter since the age of 10, Jasper unsurprisingly chose his club’s game against Ospreys in the opening round of the LV= Cup as the subject of his match report. In what turned out to be a comprehensive 39-16 victory for the Tigers, Jasper’s concise and descriptive report caught the attention of the panel made up of representatives from LV=, the RFU, Premiership Rugby and national rugby journalist Nick Heath.

“I am delighted to be the winner of round one as it indicates that I do have some flair for writing and that I could hope to pursue a career in sports journalism”, commented Jasper. 

“To be in the final four of the competition is an exciting prospect given the fantastic prize on offer. The opportunity to interview Lewis Moody would be a dream come true; his achievements throughout his career speak for themselves. To interview a true legend of the game, who for so long remained at the top of the domestic and indeed international game would be an incredible experience”.

Young Reporter, Ellie

Photo: Round two winner Ellie Taylor

Joining Jasper is Round 2 winner Ellie Taylor, whose match report on Harlequins' narrow loss to Sale Sharks earned her a place in the final four. Titled “Harlequins miss out against four-try Sale”, the report included noticeable moments such as favourite player Ben Botica’s opening try, and Sale’s domination of the second half thanks to scores from James Gaskell and Danny Cipriani.

A supporter of Quins for four years, Ellie decided to enter the competition which combines two of her loves, saying “I love rugby and enjoy writing, so thought that I would be a good opportunity and take time away from my coursework.”

“I found the report pretty tricky as it was hard to fit everything into the word limit. My initial report was around 700 words so getting it into 200 was a struggle. I also had to keep checking the scores from other reports so I wouldn't make any mistakes.”

Two more winners from rounds three and four will join Jasper and Ellie in the final shortlist, before the 2013/14 LV= Young Reporter is announced on Tuesday March 11, the week of the LV= Cup Final, which this year will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on March 16.

Enter the LV= Young Reporter competition

The LV= Young Reporter Competition invites writers under the age of 16 to submit a 200 word review of any LV= Cup pool fixture using the form on by the deadlines listed below. One winner will be selected per round, with the overall winner then selected from the four finalists before the semi-finals.

The 2013/14 LV= Young Reporter will receive four VIP tickets to the LV= Cup Final, as well as an opportunity to interview LV= Ambassador and former England captain, Lewis Moody.

Round three entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, January 28.
Round four entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, February 4.

For full terms and conditions, visit lvcup