For 12 months we have worked with students to give this part of Your Local Paper to them.

Six of the next generation of journalists had two opportunities each to get their writing published. 

They worked with our columnist Gavin Caney and sports editor Steve Penny to gain valuable experience and cuttings and now we cannot wait to give the same chance to up to a dozen more fledgling wordsmiths.

Steve said: “I would have loved to have had an opportunity like this in my teenage years. To be able to apply for a job with such a healthy cuttings file to call on would have made entry into this wonderful world of journalism so much easier.

“As it was, I had to wait until I was 25 to get my break. This opportunity is giving West Norfolk youngsters a possible 11-year start on me!

“I am really looking forward to reading some excellent copy from Gavin’s next class of recruits.”

If you want to be a sports writer of tomorrow, or to test your journalism skills in an arena less familiar to yourself, we’ll be more than happy to help you get published. 

Let us help you get your name out there by gaining a whole page in West Norfolk’s biggest circulating newspaper.

Help us keep on giving back to the community we are so proud to be a part of.

How to enter

Email: One 300-word column on any sporting topic of your choice to before November 19

Eligibility: Entrants must;

– Be in high school, sixth form, college or university education 

– Aged between 15 and 21 

– Live/go to school in the West Norfolk Borough Council district area, as stated at 

– List their home address as in that area if studying elsewhere

Format: Up to 12 successful entrants will have the page usually given to Caney’s Corner. If only six are chosen they will be given two columns each.

A chosen date for their published articles (penultimate Friday of the month) will be confirmed once all writers have been chosen. 

The first will appear on the nearest publication date to December 24, 2021.

They will work with Gavin Caney, in liaison with sports editor Steve Penny, to ensure their content is ready for the Tuesday of their published column date.

Hear from the Class of 2020/21

“This opportunity helped me find a passion I didn’t know was there. I was lost on what to do in the future but with this experience I’m now on my way to taking a university course in journalism. It’s also been a big help for my sporting knowledge and vocabulary.”

Jonathan Senter (Now a Year 13 at Springwood Sixth Form)

“As somebody who wants to study journalism at university, my opportunity to write columns for Your Local Paper was invaluable. It gave me great experience of how to properly research for an article as well as improving my writing skills at the same time. I was taught key skills and am able to have a much clearer idea of what I want to do with my writing future.”

Owen Kitch (Now a Year 13 at Springwood Sixth Form)

“Working with Gavin I created two articles giving me an insight into what is expected as a journalist working in print. Gaining more skills, I was able to write this experience on my personal statement allowing me to study my dream course, Broadcasting and Multimedia Journalism at the UEA. If you are interested in writing about sports or even want to venture into the world of journalism, this opportunity is for you.”

Aimee Dexter (Ex-Springwood Sixth Form, now University of East Anglia student)