• Evie Carter is a 15 year old girl from Tuddenham in Suffolk she had never heard of Rugby League till she came to Rugby AM for work experience.
• “I wanted to see the effect of the game on a complete novice, and I wanted our first person to be a girl as Rugby League is a male dominated industry” Alex Simmons
• Here is Evie’s work experience in her own words…
I've spent the last two weeks in Leeds on work experience with Rugby AM; staying with my cousin, several hours out of my comfort zone, and learning about Rugby League and media for my GCSE course involving production. It's clear being a 15-year-old girl from a small Suffolk village I'm a bit out of my depth, considering I've not had much experience of Rugby League until now. It doesn't take a genius to tell I'm not exactly the target audience. Less than an hour after arriving I was half way through watching the first test match on TV, England's win was fantastic and set the week off to a great start before I'd even got to work.
My first week began with getting my own Rugby AM email, filling in accreditation forms for a media pass at Saturday's game, and taking a tour of the building. I took the minutes at a few meetings, and started writing out a small script for a screen test in the studio; it was interesting to see the tech involved with the recording.
On Tuesday evening I sat in on a live radio show, which was another awesome experience. It was really clever to watch the scripting and discussion process involved in creating a successful radio show, being able to improvise on air but with enough of a plan to still have a coherent show that sounds like it's just rolled out smoothly without a second thought.
In the second part of the week I started researching and writing out interview questions for the England players who I was told I would be interviewing next week. Everyone says work experience is nerve wracking but being told on your first day that you're going to be interviewing the England Rugby League team is more than mildly terrifying; and on Friday night I had my first experience of live TV at Made in Leeds' one-year anniversary party.
This Saturday at the Olympic Stadium was very different to the first match of the test. Having never been to a match before I found the whole experience awesome. Watching the Haka live was amazing. It was a lot louder than I expected, the tense atmosphere it created in the stadium was brilliant.
The tie of 2-2 at half time was disappointing to say the least, the first half had been pretty devoid of action, both sides defended well however there weren't many try scoring opportunities. Although the outcome of the game was a bit disappointing, I loved going to London and the Olympic stadium.
The second week started with some more uploading, article writing, some editing, and question refining before our trip to St George's Park on Tuesday. It was a brilliant day, I remained stunned and star struck the whole time. I had the chance to interview Liam Farrell, which was incredible, and to meet players such as Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Brett Ferres, and Coach Steve McNamara, as well as a few others.
On Wednesday I interviewed Angela Powers at the Rugby League Writers Awards dinner. It was really interesting to hear her perspective on Women's League, the inequalities between Women's and Men's Rugby League and what we can do to make the future of Women's League even more successful.
Following these interviews, I spent the rest of my time article writing and reflecting on what I've learnt from the whole experience. Honestly, I don't think anyone could ask for a better work experience than what I've had, my friends at school started trending the hashtag 'my work experience is better than yours' but the opportunities I've been given are on an entirely different level.
For two weeks, everyone I've met, from people in the office to world class rugby players, has been friendly, interesting, and has talked engagingly about the different ways that they're involved in the game; but most importantly everyone has had an unparalleled passion for the game which has definitely been the most inspiring thing. In less than two weeks the game has completely captured my attention; I've learnt new skills, from writing interviews to having the confidence to deliver them, and I can go back knowing that I've found a sport I really love.
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