13th July 2005




Football fanatic Russell Taylor, who is currently studying for a masters degree in Radio Journalism at the University of Lincoln, has started work as a production assistant for Sky Sports in London.


The 23-year-old from Skegness graduated in 2003 with a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism and whilst studying gained work experience placements at a number of national newspapers including The Sun and the News of the World.


He’s also written match reports for the Football Association, Sports Beat and the Yorkshire Post.


In 2004 Russ was officially invited to visit the Ukraine by the Ukrainian Football Federation and was the first non-FA representative to have an access all areas pass to the federation.


Russell owes his interest in Ukrainian football to his grandfather who came to this country from the Ukraine during the Second World War.


It was after a work experience placement at Sky that Russ wrote to the sports department based in Isleworth in London, to enquire about forthcoming job vacancies.


“I was very fortunate to have already made a contact at Sky who put me in touch with the head of the sports department,” said Russ. “I sent in my CV and was invited to go for an informal interview.


“I was amazed when the head of Sky Sports said he’d already heard about me through my involvement with the Ukrainian Football Federation. He offered me a position as a production assistant on the spot.”


Russ continued: “I really enjoyed studying in Lincoln and I’m extremely grateful to the staff at the university for their support and guidance.


“I’m an avid Lincoln City fan and really miss being able to go to the matches but I love my job as it allows me to follow my number one passion in life and I get to interview people who’ve been my lifelong heroes.”


For more information contact: Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer (01522)886244


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