‘BBC School Report’ – Sports Personality of the Year 2016 Red Carpet Event

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupils and budding-journalists Nathan Thompson and Paul Kelly who were each afforded the opportunity to attend the prestigious red-carpet event prior to this year’s BBC ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Awards ceremony, held at Belfast’s S.S.E. Arena on the evening of Sunday 22nd December.

Having been selected to attend the occasion from amongst a number of hopefuls within the school itself, the pupils, who were accompanied by Media Studies teacher Miss Linda Knox, were the only Grammar School pupils from across the province to receive an invitation to attend the event.

Despite understandable nerves to begin with, both pupils soon settled into their role and before long felt fully at home in their illustrious surroundings. Over the course of the evening both pupils had the opportunity to interview Northern Irish Talksport presenter Colin Murray, broadcaster Eamonn Holmes and commentator Jackie Fullerton, as well as sporting stars Paula Radcliffe, Graeme McDowell and Dan Carter, and SPOTY 2016 nominees Lucy Bronze and Greg Rutherford.

Such a rare and valuable experience obviously proved highly worthwhile for both Paul and Nathan, each of whom wish to pursue a career in sports journalism, with many thanks extended to the BBC for offering the pupils such an exiting opportunity, in conjunction with its ‘BBC School Report’ initiative, and in particular broadcaster Mark Simpson, who took Paul and Nathan under his wing throughout the day.

As the only Grammar School representatives at the event Paul and Nathan were eager to make the most of their remarkable opportunity and all within the Grosvenor community now look forward to following each of their fortunes as they further their interest in journalism and broadcasting over the years to come.


A video charting both boys' experience on the day can be accessed at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/35157012



Grosvenor pupils Nathan Thompson and Paul Kelly along with Media Studies teacher Miss Linda Knox and BBC journalist Mark Simpson, during the red carpet event prior to this year's Sports Personality of the Year Awards Ceremony on the evening of Sunday 22nd December.

Grosvenor pupil Nathan Thompson interviews SPOTY 2016 nominee Luck Bronze prior to this year's event at the SSE Arena on the evening of Sunday 22nd December.