The FWA introduced a heavily-discounted Student Membership in 2018, and now has over 150 members who are in full-time study with a view to becoming football journalists.
Each student member can vote for the Footballer of The Year and receives the annual FWA Handbook, packed with contact details for fellow members, clubs, press officers and other football bodies.
Student members are also able to enter our annual Student Football Writer of the Year awards, won in 2021 by Ella Graunia Cook and Jacob Tanswell. The winners in 2022 were Andrew McLean, Yara El-Shaboury and Sajidur Rahman – see here: https://footballwriters.co.uk/editorial/fwa-student-football-writing-awards-the-winners/
Student members are also able to participate in a formalised mentoring scheme. As part of your membership, you will be entitled to seek advice from those on the National Committee and other members, who will be only too pleased to help.
There is a wealth of experience among the members, in broadcasting, online, multimedia and print journalism. Experience which you can access directly. Reporters like John Cross of the Mirror, Adam Crafton of the Athletic, and Jacqui Oatley of ITV football: all of them would be delighted to answer your questions. And while they can’t gift you a job, these are people who can offer tips on how to approach an interview, how to write a headline, how to sell a story. All of them too, will tell you how much words of advice from senior writers helped them along the way.
If you would like to access this unique and valuable resource, first you need to join the FWA. Student membership is ridiculously reasonable, just £5 a season (which also entitles you to vote for the Footballer of the Year) . And can be gained by emailing the Membership Secretary John Ley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Then contact the scheme’s coordinator Jim White (that’s the Telegraph’s White, not the bloke with a yellow tie on transfer deadline day). His email is email@example.com
Let him know in which area of the profession you are hoping to specialise and he will put you in touch with a relevant connection. It is that simple.