On the ball with footie writer

The Verbal Arts Centre is delighted to be welcoming sports journalist and children’s writer Dan Freedman today.

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The London-based creator of the Jamie Johnson series, will meet young people involved in Verbal’s Reading Rooms programme funded by Children in Need.

His visit kicks off at the Verbal School of Journalism (VSJ) on Thursday morning where he will be interviewed by A-Level students about his career alongside the top names in the Premier League.

Dan will visit both St Joseph’s Boys’ School and St Brigid’s College as well as meeting young people from Kinship Care taking part in Verbal’s Reading Rooms programme.

Rachel Duffy, Project Officer for Young People, said: “We are delighted that Dan will be able to meet with young people involved in Reading Rooms funded by Children in Need.

“It's a fantastic opportunity for young people to spend time with an author of this calibre and gain an insight into the writing process. We are sure that it will inspire them all and will be a really enjoyable experience.”

Dan saw his first piece of football writing published when he submitted a letter to Shoot magazine aged just 13 and went on to write for Mail on Sunday and Daily Express before landing his dream job at the Football Association (FA).

He recalled: “Within two years I was travelling to the 2002 World Cup Finals, which were held in Korea and Japan. As The FA’s Editor, it was my job to interview all of the England players and report on their matches. As someone who’d grown up watching the likes of Beckham and Owen, to be living and working with them, day in and day out was a truly unbeatable experience.

“As a journalist too, mixing with and getting to know the best football writers in the country was a great education.

“As time went on, and my confidence grew, I ended up getting to know almost all the players that played for the Three Lions. Rooney, Gerrard, Walcott and Ferdinand were all kind enough to let me interview them, sometimes on several occasions as I set up The England Team’s first ever in-house TV channel.”

His Jamie Johnson book series has also been adapted for CBBC to the delight of junior footie fans.

For more information about Dan Freedman, check out the following links.



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