Fighting Words and the FAI invited a group of young football enthusiasts from Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Kilcurry in autumn 2021 to hone their skills as sports journalists.
The class met with journalist David Kelly of the Irish Independent in the lead up to the Ireland v Sweden match and then chatted to stars of the Ireland team Amber Barrett and Kyra Carusa over Zoom in advance of the game to test out their interviewing technique.
After attending the match with their parents, the class wrote their match reports and were left with a new appreciation of the work that goes into journalism. Perhaps these reports are the first pieces by a future great Irish football pundit!
You can read them on page 25 of the Ireland v Slovakia match programme below.
As the Women's National Team continues to go from strength to strength in their World Cup 2023 qualifying campaign, it is great to be able to link up with them to promote creativity and writing skills in their young fans!