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30 March 2017

Lights, camera, action for rising stars of Welsh sport broadcast

Principality Building Society has been helping to develop the skills of Wales’ next sports commentators in the making, with a little help from former Ospreys Head Coach and broadcaster Sean Holley.

The exciting initiative for young people across Wales, called iBroadcast took place over three days at Principality Stadium and saw pupils hone their broadcasting skills, conducting two-way interviews, offering sports commentary and analysis, and practicing their presenting talents, at the home of Welsh rugby itself. The pupils used these new found skills to create their own panel show, going back to their respective schools as ‘broadcast teams’, where they will be in charge of reporting on future school events, be it sports games to art shows.

iBroadcast has been developed by Sean Holley and education technologists Aspire2Be. Principality was able to link schools from its Business Class initiative to get involved in iBroadcast, which included Llanishen High School, Tonypandy Community College, Ysgol Bro Myrrdin and Ysgol y Strade. Business Class is a Business in the Community (BITC) programme delivered by Careers Wales and funded by the Welsh Government.

James Harper, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Principality said: “We are highly committed to supporting our Business Class partnership schools in lots of different ways. iBroadcast presents a unique and exciting development for both the pupils and teachers. It covers such a wide range of skills that will assist the pupils throughout their academic studies and their steps into the world of work and sports based employment opportunities.”

Aspire2Be Education and Performance Director, Simon Pridham said: "As a former head teacher and Welsh Government advisor who helped shape the new Digital Competence Framework for Welsh schools, it gives me and the company huge pleasure to see iBroadcast come to life. Sean approached us with a great concept and winning formula in my eyes and together we now have a unique, creative and exciting education programme which develops the three core areas of the curriculum - Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competency."

Broadcaster Sean Holley commented: “Building confidence and coaching skills has been a huge part of my working life and through the past twenty years or so I have learned a lot about sport, coaching and now broadcasting. I have a big passion for it and when this idea came to me I had no hesitation in approaching Aspire2Be.”

Principality currently works with five schools across through Business Class.

Published: 30/03/2017