By Rebecca Hawksworth

Following his successful work experience earlier in the year with the Rugby Football League, student Ryan Booth is now enjoying life within the media department of his boyhood club.

Ryan, a BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism student, had previously spent time in the media department of the Rugby Football League – a UCFB partner – helping to produce weekly round-ups of the University Rugby League. Since then Ryan has continued to be active and is now interning at Salford Red Devils.

Ryan spoke of how the opportunity to work at the club he supports came about and how he believes his previous time at the RFL has stood him in good stead:

Following his time with the governing body, Ryan connected with Paul McNally and Adam Whiteside at the club’s media department to find out if any roles were available. Ryan said: “I’ve been a Salford fan all my life and I’ve always aspired to work for the club in some capacity. Fortunately, they both liked my writing and my enthusiasm to work for the club and it just kicked on from there really.”

He added: “I believe my other placement with the Rugby Football League put me in great stead as it has allowed me to become accustomed with the media’s rugby league coverage and how to report on the sport in general. I started in January and I’ve loved every minute.”

Ryan travels to all of the Salford Red Devils’ home and away fixtures, producing match reports and contributing to the official match-day programme. He also recently had the fantastic opportunity of being able to interview former England international Lee Mossop.

Not only does Ryan believe that the work experience opportunities he has undertaken have enhanced his CV, but he also knows that they have significantly helped him with his degree programme.

He said: I feel my role with Salford has helped my progress at UCFB significantly. This year my grades have improved and I am now achieving the sort of scores I’ve aspired to hit since I enrolled. I believe this is largely down to the extensive research and content I have produced for Salford.”

Ryan went on to further speak of the benefits that his continued work experience is bringing him. He added: “I believe my work experience is acting as a huge stepping stone towards me achieving my goals as I’m rapidly developing a significant portfolio and I’m constantly expanding my network within the game. For example, in recent weeks I’ve had work published with the League Express and Love Rugby League which are two major outlets.”