Focus: Communications - Three minutes with ... Aaron Wall homeless football reporter

How did you get into sports reporting?

My life skills worker received an email from the Foyer Federation asking if anyone wanted to get involved in media work. It was part of the federation's Tackling Skills project, which is a partnership with BBC Sport and the Football Foundation.

The project encourages young people to use sport to improve their communication skills and get jobs. I knew about the Foyer Federation because I was living in one of its foyers, but I'd never heard about Tackling Skills.

What training did you get?

I attended an eight-week course, during which time I went to the BBC or to Charlton Athletic's training ground once a week to learn about the media.

I was amazed at how much work goes into journalism. I learned from BBC reporters about interview technique and the kind of questions to ask, as well about writing.

Who did you interview?

I interviewed Shaun Bartlett and Dennis Rommedahl, who play for Charlton, and Alan Curbishley, the manager. The BBC have now asked me to write web reports for the Homeless World Cup from 18 to 25 July in Edinburgh.

How did you get to cover the Homeless World Cup?

We had to think of 10 questions to ask one of England's homeless players. The best four or five got picked to cover the event.

What does it mean to cover such an event?

It's a chance to show people that those of us who are homeless or on the dole don't just sit on our arses all day long.We do want to go out and better ourselves.

I'm 23 and I've been homeless for seven years. This is a great opportunity. It will help me develop my media skills and then maybe I can get a job in the media.

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