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Kop that! Sports journalism graduate lands PNE job

18 July 2013

John Edwards

Former policeman is North End’s new media man  

Pictured: Stephen Watson, Preston North End’s new media officer, who graduated from UCLan last week.

A former policeman who swapped his truncheon for a pen and pad has a double reason to celebrate after landing his dream job and graduating from University.

Stephen Watson gave up the blue lights of the constabulary and is now surrounded by the floodlights of Preston North End. He is the League One side’s new Media Officer and was amongst the 4,500 students celebrating at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) graduation ceremonies last week.

He started his new job while still studying on the BA(Hons) Sports Journalism course and has graduated with a 2:1. He spent two years volunteering in the club’s media department before being appointed to his new role.

With his career well under way the 30-year-old from Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, was pleased to celebrate a successful three years at UCLan.

 

“I’ve always been passionate about sport and after playing or coaching this is the best thing I could be doing. It’s a dream job.”

He said: “I’ve been working full-time since March so it’s great to be graduating and I’m looking forward to moving on with my career. I’ve always been passionate about sport and after playing or coaching this is the best thing I could be doing. It’s a dream job.”

A former policeman, Stephen has had a significant career change but is delighted to have a job he always wanted.

“I spent four years working as a police officer before going travelling for a year. Sports journalism was always something I wanted to do but I never knew you could do a degree in it.

 

“When I was applying there weren’t many universities who offered the course it was UCLan that appealed to me most. They had the best facilities and graduates seemed to get jobs quite quickly.”

“When I was applying there weren’t many universities who offered the course but it was UCLan that appealed to me most. They had the best facilities and graduates seemed to get jobs quite quickly. After being accepted on to the course I sold my house in Scotland and moved to Preston.”

Stephen has ambitions to work in the United States but with the football season fast approaching he is well under way with preparations for the new campaign.

He added: “In the future I’d like to work in America but at the moment I’m fortunate enough to be working at a big football club. I’m hoping that North End enjoy a good season and can gain promotion.

“We’ve already carried out a fans survey to make sure we’re giving them what they want and promotion would allow us to further develop the media department.”