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2014 LV= Young Reporter winner unveiled

12 March 2014

  • Round 1 winner named 2014 LV= Young Reporter
  • Jasper Reid reported on Leicester Tigers v Ospreys
2014 Young Reporter winner Jasper Reid

Photo: RFU Archive

For the second year running, LV= has recognised the talents of burgeoning young rugby writers up and down the country in the LV= Young Reporter competition.

Identified as playing a crucial role in the development of professional players, the LV= Cup has continued to recognise 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= pool 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 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 from the four finalists, one from each pool round.

The 2014 LV= Young Reporter title goes to 16-year-old Jasper Reid. A Leicester Tigers supporter, Jasper entered the competition to help further his dream of becoming a sports journalist. Having secured work experience for his local paper, as well as writing match reports for his school's first XV, Jasper's knowledge of the game and accurate description of the action was commended by the panel.

A 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.

Interviewing Lewis Moody is an amazing opportunity – Jasper

2014 Young Reporter winner Jasper Reid

Photo: RFU Archive

Commenting on his win, Jasper said: “I'm so chuffed to have won this award. I really enjoyed writing the report and hope that it goes someway to progressing a potential future in rugby journalism.

“Interviewing Lewis Moody is an amazing opportunity and I'm really looking forward to Sandy Park.”

Also receiving tickets to the LV= final are runners-up Ellie Taylor (Round 2), Nick Powell (Round 3) and Samuel Haworth (Round 4).

Commenting on the LV= Young Reporter competition entries, LV= Head of Sponsorship Claire Jeromson said: “It has been a pleasure reading the entries for this year’s Young Reporter competition. It’s really encouraging to see so many aspiring writers come forward.

“While the LV= Cup is known for developing young rugby players, we are pleased that it is also giving potential future journalists the opportunity to hone their skills and get vital experience.”

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