Leeds pupils have write stuff to cover Tour de France

Pupils at the Tour de France media centre
Pupils at the Tour de France media centre
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Journalists of the future reported on their experiences of the Grand Depart in Yorkshire – after being inspired by international media covering the event.

Pupils from a Leeds school covered the triumphant Tour de France weekend following a visit to the city’s mammoth temporary press centre.

The official media centre, based at Wellington Place on Whitehall Road, housed around 2,000 journalists and broadcasters from all over the world.

Year 10 pupils from The Co-operative Academy of Leeds in Burmantofts toured the site and met reporters as part of a writing competition organised by MEPC, the owner of Wellington Place.

Nadia Mahmood, Anisa Ahmed and Safa Farah won the exclusive behind-the-scenes visit through the contest.

During their tour, they also saw some of the 800 official race vehicles, including the race directors car.

Fifteen-year-old Safa said: “I was surprised about how big the media centre was and was really impressed by it. It was great to see all the journalists and it really brought the Tour to life for us.”

They also picked up hints on reporting from former Yorkshire Post journalist Ian Briggs and after the weekend wrote articles about the Grand Depart, its benefits and legacy.

Matthew Calvert, head of English at The Co-operative Academy of Leeds, added: “We are really grateful to MEPC for giving our young people this rare opportunity. They were hugely excited to be part of what was a fantastic event for the region and the tour of the media centre certainly inspired them.

“Having the chance to look behind the scenes of the media centre was a real privilege and our pupils were able to hone their writing skills amidst the excitement of the Grand Départ.”

Dominique Simcox, marketing manager at MEPC, said: “It was a privilege to welcome the pupils 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.”

The students also scooped iPads thanks to MEPC, law firm Irwin Mitchell, and CJCT, architect for the Wellington Place development.

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