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Pupils step into shoes of media covering Grand Depart in Yorkshire

Anisa Ahmed, Nadia Mahmood and Safa Farah with Cyrille Tricart from TdF organisers ASO

Anisa Ahmed, Nadia Mahmood and Safa Farah with Cyrille Tricart from TdF organisers ASO

Pupils from a Leeds school experienced the buzz felt by thousands of journalists from around the world as they covered the Grand Depart.

Students from The Co-operative Academy of Leeds visited the Tour de France’s official media centre in Leeds, located at Wellington Place.

The Year 10 pupils were given a tour of the mammoth temporary structure housing around 2,000 journalists and broadcasters from the world’s press, as well as 800 official branded race vehicles.

The trio met some of the media as part of a writing competition organised by MEPC, the owner of Wellington Place, and picked up some writing tips from the experts.

Safa Farah, one of the pupils, said the guided tour had been the highlight of her visit.

“I was surprised about how big the media centre was and was really impressed by it,” she said.

“It was great to see all the journalists and it really brought the Tour to life for us.”

Dominique Simcox, marketing manager at MEPC, said: “It was a privilege to welcome the pupils from The Co-operative Academy of Leeds and give them a small flavour of life as journalist. We hope this positive experience has given them aspirations to work in the media in the future.”

MEPC, law firm and Wellington Place tenant Irwin Mitchell, and CJCT, the design and build architect for Wellington Place, supported the competition by offering each winner an Apple iPad as a prize.

 

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