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UCLan Alumnus, Matt, shares his journey to his Formula 1 job

Matt Deacon is living his dream job, working as a Media Manager in Formula One.

Fed up with his job working nights at a supermarket in Southampton, Matt decided to study Sports Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. He now spends his weekends in locations like Monaco and America and Asia, following top drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

When Mat met a professional sports journalist, who was a UCLan graduate during his volunteering experience, the encounter made Matt realise he wanted to work in sports media.

Matt said: “He recommended studying Sports Journalism at UCLan. I compared the course with similar courses across the country, but UCLan’s strong links to various media and sports organisations meant that it was an easy decision, even if it was halfway across the country. I arranged a visit to see the campus and Preston itself and knew there was nowhere else I’d rather study.”

"Winning the Matthew Hesketh Award and graduating with a first-class degree will obviously stay with me forever, but so will the friendships I made there"

Matt Deacon, Sports Journalism graduate
Matt Deacon, Sports Journalism graduate
Matt Deacon, Sports Journalism graduate

Whilst studying for his degree, Matt worked part-time as a Matchday Announcer at Accrington Stanley Football Club. This allowed him to get behind the scenes at a professional football club. Matt helped by contributing reports and articles for the club’s website and he attended press conferences.

A few months before he was due to graduate, Matt secured the Head of Media position at Accrington Stanley. He said: “I count myself incredibly fortunate to have landed such a role before graduating. It was an amazing experience and I was able to witness and report on some truly historic moments for the club.”

Currently, Matt works as a F1 Media Manager for Formula 1. Within this role Matt gets to travel the world with F1, deal with events, help manage media contact and work with the F1 teams to help shape and share communications. When he is not at a circuit, Matt is usually based at their offices in central London where he manages press enquiries and interviews.