1st February 2002
A University of Lincoln student who dreamt of a career as a sports journalist found himself interviewing Sven Göran Eriksson just weeks after starting his first job.
Nick Veevers (22) landed the job of club journalist at Burnley FC, the team he’s supported since he was a boy.
And no sooner had he started work than he secured an interview with the England manager who came to Turf Moor to watch a pre-season friendly.
“It’s been very enjoyable so far,” said Nick, who graduated in Journalism from the University of Lincoln last year and started work at Burnley FC in June.
“Working as a journalist at my favourite club is a dream come true for me, and the job has developed since I started because the media and PR manager has gone to Bolton Wanderers, so the three of us that are left share out the duties.
“I write literature for the web site and the programme and produce press releases. I always wanted a career in sports journalism so this is a really good first job for me.”
Burnley have a good season so far, lying fifth in the Nationwide League Division One with games in hand on the leading pack.
Nick, from Low Moor near Clitheroe in Lancashire, is hoping that his team might be battling it out in the Premiership next season.
“I’ve been a Burnley fan since I was a kid, and even though we’ve had a few dodgy results of late I’m hopeful that we can get back on track,” he said.
Nick was among the first cohort of students to graduate last year from the popular Journalism degree course at Lincoln, and he says his studies have proved invaluable.
“I did some work experience at the Independent and wrote for a football web site based in Singapore, and the course definitely helped me,” he said. “You learn a lot of practical skills like shorthand and use of computers, and that’s proved really useful.
To view the Burnley FC website visit www.burnleyfootballclub.com
For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)