Spireites nuturing young talent on and off pitch

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CHESTERFIELD FC can prove half a million times over that they know how to develop young talent – striker Jordan Bowery’s £500,000 transfer from Chesterfield to Aston Villa.

And it is not only on the playing field that the club are bringing youngsters through the ranks.

As part of a successful partnership with Huddersfield University, sports journalism students are being selected to help the club’s media department.

Over the last four years, trainee journalists have been honing their skills and working with the media team to report on Chesterfield’s fortunes – on the club’s website and in the matchday programme.

The success is seen as a coup for the club and for the university, which has more than 800 applications each year for its five journalism courses, with sports journalism the most popular and over-subscribed.

The students are taught their craft by working sports journalists.

Dave Devenport, senior sports journalism lecturer, said: “Chesterfield FC are giving our students a fantastic opportunity.

“We have some of the best facilities in the UK at Huddersfield and we give the students intensive training in print, radio, TV and the web.

“But there is nothing that compares with the real life experience of being a sports reporter at a prestigious club like Chesterfield and at the fabulous Proact Stadium.

“The employability rate of graduates at Huddersfield University is 93 per cent – the sixth highest in the country – and it’s thanks to partnerships like this with Chesterfield which helps our students secure top jobs.”

Nick Johnson, who heads Chesterfield’s media department, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help the students gain valuable experience in what is a highly competitive field.

“The students learn so much by actually doing the job and it’s very rewarding to see them progress.”