TWO Coventry sports lovers have got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work for one of the country’s leading broadcasters at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Sunset + Vine partnered with Birmingham City University, Create Central, WMCA and Solihull College to deliver the Host Broadcast Training Initiative, which offered 200 work experience placements on its outside broadcasts and studio productions.
And Andy Knott and Gerry Kilkelly were picked to take part in a training scheme that was created just for the Games.
Both have been given paid roles, with retired teacher Gerry becoming a runner for the Rugby Sevens in Coventry and Andy working as an HBTI broadcast support assistant, based at the NEC.
The pair took part in their training earlier this year and gained industry-level skills in live TV, broadcasting and production.
In total 150 of the trainees were offered paid roles at the Games.
Roles offered included content creators, media managers, camera operators and other technical roles.
Gerry said: “It’s a physical role but I am active and am looking forward to playing my part in this great sporting event.
“While I was the oldest on my course, what I lacked in TV production knowledge, I more than made up for with other skills, which I was able to pass on to my fellow students.
“It’s brilliant that I’m able to be part of such a big-scale sporting event as the Commonwealth Games.”
Andy added: “I enjoyed the course hugely and am looking forward to working at the Games.
“I feel a mixture of excitement and trepidation at having what is a responsible job on a sports event that will be seen live across the world but I’ve already had a great experience so far and know I will love the job.”