Do you want to work in the media industry? Looking to obtain the skills and experience needed to get there? Then why not volunteer with YFS as part of our 'Journalism and Media' team. If you already have the information you need, click here to jump straight to our application form. Otherwise read through the details below for a full rundown on volunteering with YFS.
Youth Football Scotland is an award winning not-for-profit organisation which was founded in 2010. We have a number of social aims, all of which can be found by clicking here. But why should you volunteer with YFS? We feel the following videos will give you best idea of what we can provide as an organisation.
Graham and Camilla, featured in our videos above, are just two of the examples of former volunteers who have gone on to work in the media industry. The following 'YFS graduates' have also gone on to work in the industry and/or acquired paid work within our organisation:
Alasdair Hooper - talkSPORT.
Andrew Petrie - Heart of Midlothian FC
Blair Meikle - Edinburgh Evening News.
Camilla Tait - BBC & Sky Sports News.
Chris Martin - Edinburgh Evening News.
Craig McAllister - Pro Sports Images.
Darrell Benns - Aberdeen Evening Express.
Emma Gibson - Sport Careers UK.
George Cran - Dundee Evening Telegraph.
Graham Swann - Scottish Daily Mail.
James Hunter - CelticLIVE & St Mirren FC.
Joe Birchenall - STV Dundee, Multimedia Editor for the FIFA Museum, Zurich.
Jonathan McIntosh - Sports Mole.
Maggie Pentcheva - Celtic TV.
Niall Murray - DC Thomson, Central FM News, Scottish Daily Mail.
Paul Fisher - Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald.
Robert Fairnie - Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser.
Robert Wilson - Scottish Women's Football.
Ryan Rowe - Scottish Swimming
Scott Binnie - Angus County Press.
Scott McPherson - Press & Journal.
Scott Thomson - Edinburgh Evening News.
Sean Crossan - Procam.
We also work with a number of different organisations to provide our volunteers with the most experience and exposure possible. This includes the SPFL, the Scottish FA, the SWF, and much more.
What YFS gives all volunteers
- Every piece of work completed is published to thousands of regular users.
- Make connections with people who like your work. Every piece you write provides a link to your bio and the channel for people to get in touch. You never know which youth player may have a parent who could give you your big break.
- The knowledge that you are making a difference. Many people moan about the fortunes of Scottish football and the lack of quality young players. Want to help the future generations? This is your chance.
- Social events for like-minded people from across Scotland.
- The chance to cover high profiles matches and events.
- specialist guidance on how to find a career in sports journalism & media, from our previous team members who have found permanent jobs in the industry.
- A reference.
Student placement or internship
Are you looking for a university placement or internship? Whether you’d like to work in our Edinburgh office or tackle a remote project in your locality, YFS has plenty of options for you, covering the following categories:
- Sports business and marketing.
- Social media.
- Written journalism.
- Graphic design.
- Sports administration.
Combine article writing, match reporting, photography and creating video highlights, to learn the ropes at a wide range of different media types. Ideal for somebody who is looking for a career in sports media, but isn’t 100% of their speciality. You’ll be given the chance to start out with different exercises and progress to a stage whereby you alone can offer multi-media coverage from any single match or event. A limited amount of cameras are available for people that do not have their own equipment.
Match-day media team roles
- Match reporter.
All of the above involve attending matches, producing media content and having your work published. Full training and guidance is available, in addition to a limited amount of cameras for people that do not have their own equipment. These roles are flexible in terms of regular commitment, however do require you to attend a weekend match at least once per month.
Article writing roles
Youth Football Scotland is currently recruitment a number of specialist writers, to cover important subject areas. You do not need to be a specialist in any of these areas to apply, however must be willing to do your research and write a minimum of one article in your chosen subject area every fortnight. Current subject areas are as follows:
- Girls football
- UEFA Youth League
- SPFL U20s & SFA Youth Cup
- Youth internationals
- Scottish Schools Shields
- SPFL first team hot prospects
- SWF first team hot prospects
- Pro clubs in the community
- Rural regions
Q: Do I have to be PVG checked?
A: Yes. All YFS volunteers and media team members are PVG checked.
Q: Is this only for students or people with lots of experience?
A: No, absolutely not. Last year our journalists ranged from graduates on the cusp of making it in the media sector who wished to enhance their portfolio, right through to Under 15 youth players who are looking for their first piece of work experience. So long as you are willing to learn, we are keen to hear from you. YFS also has a number of team members who have no desire to use us to further their career, but love the opportunity to make a difference to grass roots football.
Q: If I join the YFS team will I have to work every weekend?
A: No. We value all contributions and know everyone has different levels of commitment. So long as you are available a minimum of once per month we would like to hear from you. We also understand that some people will be completely free and then completely unavailable, e.g. exams and are completely flexible. Youth football is everywhere and everyday, so we'll always find a way to work around your schedule.
Q: Is there a minimum age limit?
A: No. If you are under 16 years of age then certain roles will require having a parent in attendance, but we are still keen to hear from you.
Q: I'm not sure if I am interested, but would like to hear more, what should I do?