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Solihull sports lovers set to take on Birmingham 2022 broadcast roles

Sarah Mason 29th Jul, 2022

A PAIR of Solihull sports-lovers have been given a chance to work with a sports broadcaster for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Sam Hurst and Louie Dunphy were selected to take part in a training initiative that was created especially for the Games.

They have both been offered paid roles with Sunset+Vine.

Budding film-maker Louie working on pre- and post-games content that will see him following athletes and documenting their journey on film.

And Sam will spend the second week of the Games working with the daytime content team, producing short films and other video content, as well as editing short pieces for TV.

The broadcast company, which provides live sports programming to UK and international broadcasters, partnered with Birmingham City University, Create Central, West Midlands Combined Authority and Solihull College to deliver the Host Broadcast Training Initiative, which offered 200 work experience placements on its outside broadcasts and studio productions.

Louie, a film graduate from Hall Green, said: “I’m hoping this will be a springboard for a career as a videographer or content creator in the sports industry, which is where my passions lie.

“Having this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain this experience is brilliant and I am learning so much from the team about how the industry works.

“Breaking into the sports broadcasting industry is notoriously hard but having the chance to be part of an historic event right on my doorstep is brilliant.”

Sam has just finished her second year at Nottingham Trent University where she is studying broadcast journalism.

David Tippet, managing director of Sunset+Vine, said providing paid work opportunities for those wanting to break into sports broadcasting or to those who wanted to expand their skills and work experience was an important part of the legacy programme for the Commonwealth Games.

Roles include content creators, production co-ordinators, media managers, camera operators, edit assistants, loggers, live gallery PAs, assistant floor managers and technical roles.

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