Heading over to carry out your first interview can be nerve-racking enough. Add to that the fact that the interviewee has a Premier League and Champions League medal to his name, lines-up against the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Anthony Martial week-in, week-out – not to mention the fact that he’s one of the toughest defenders in the game – and you could be forgiven for being a little lost for words.
But FBB Schools participants Jaden and Jordayne from Chestnut Grove Academy headed to Stamford Bridge for the first time ready to take on Serbian man-mountain Branislav Ivanovic to get a taste of life in football media – and they delivered an FBB TV film of Premier League quality.
Jaden, a Year 9 pupil, was thrilled to have the chance to interview a footballer – even if Ivanovic tries to thwart United fan Jaden’s title hopes on a regular basis.
“It was just a once in a lifetime opportunity. He’s such a great person. He was incredible,” he said.
“If I did mess up a little bit, he would convince me to carry on.
“Even though I’m Manchester United all the way, I can see that Chelsea have some great players on and off the pitch!”
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Presenter Jaden said FBB has helped give him the confidence and the skills to possibly go on and work in the media.
“They [FBB] helped me out with the work. Since I’ve joined FBB my work has got excellent marking and teachers have seen a big improvement,” he added.
“If I was to get the opportunity to present I would choose to.
“My confidence has boosted up massively.”
For Sound Operator and Chelsea fan Jordayne, the experience showed him how hard work reaps rewards. Jordayne, a Year 11 pupil, was operating the Boom Pole, a crucial part of delivering great quality sound.
“It was a great experience. It was my first time at Stamford Bridge. It’s even better because I got to meet a player,” he said.
“It was great doing the sound.
“It [the Boom Pole] was pretty heavy, but I just had to think I’m here to interview one of my favourite players from my favourite club, so I just had to keep pushing on.
“If I get an opportunity like this now it just pushes me even more to keep performing well at school and maybe another opportunity like this may come.”
Check out the full interview on FBB TV soon.