Fast Forward Intern Tom is having the time of his life at Sky Sports
“It’s not about academia - It’s about how much you want it”
FAST FORWARD INTERN IN SKY SPORTS
Tom is spending 11 months across all the Sky Sports departments and is basically having the time of his life - from making highlight montages through to covering the darts world series over Christmas, this is the dream internship for anyone who loves all things sport.
You won’t necessarily be doing the sports you know about
At the moment I’m working on multi-sports, which is all the niche sports. So, for example, I’m on NFL at the moment which is a new one for me! I was also recently on Gaelic football which was really interesting - I got to do outside broadcasting for the EFL cup, and see how they render all the footage for replays. There are huge trucks in the carpark, and the director will be there saying “This camera! And now this one!’ it’s really, really exciting. There’ll always be people from Sky out there beaming it into people in studio, and during the whole game they’re putting together montages for the end clips.
You’ll create things that actually go on Sky Sports
I get in at ten, and start making underlays - which is sorting footage from the previous week into an easily cut file in whatever order the producers want. So, for example, I’ve been making a montage of NFL touchdowns, then I go into the edit and make it look nice and pretty, and it’ll be ready to go live.
Sunday was the first time I saw something made go on TV. I found all the clips, made a montage, and went to edit with graphics. It was a ‘Road to the Final’ piece, showing each team the EFL cup teams played till they got to the final match. The producer okayed it and it went live on Sunday on Sky Sports 2. I was buzzing. I got all the family to watch it, and my family were like ‘How do you do that?!’ and I was like ‘I don’t really know!’
You’ll start off as a runner, which is really useful for later on
I first started off as a runner in the office at Sky Sports studios, delivering mail and assisting people where needed. You’re shadowing some runners and sometimes doing it your own, but it’s the perfect way to start because the runners are all your own age, so you can go out with them after work, and also get your bearings. I found out where football, cricket and Soccer Saturday all were, and got to ask the runners questions too. When you’re delivering mail, you figure out who everyone is, so when you go to a new department you’ve already met some of them and it doesn’t feel so scary.
You can pick what sports you’re most interested in
At some point I’ll go onto football, which is my favourite sport, but I got to say at the start of my internship what sports I’d like to work on. In the interview, everyone says they love all sports but in reality I don’t think I know anyone who loves every single sport - so I was really honest and said I can’t stand golf or cricket. My mentor was like ‘I agree with you!’ and I think he appreciated the honesty! As well as football, I requested darts for the Worlds at Christmas which will be mental, and Boxing. I also asked for a bit on Sky Sports News, and I specifically requested deadline day which should be exciting. I’ll be essentially running, but I’ll get to try a bit of journalism, and see where they get their sources from, maybe go to a press conference.
It’s a good way of figuring out what department you’d like to work in
I’ve tried floor managing, shadowed a director, and also shadowed a producer and an assistant producer so I can figure out what I like and don’t like. I’ve always liked the idea of floor managing - they’re the person managing everything, saying ‘We’re going to break in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1’ and telling everyone what to do. The director is in the studio figuring out how to hold it together, and the floor manager doesn’t get the appreciation I think they deserve, but everyone says when you have a bad floor manager, you notice it so much.
Don’t be put off applying if you’re not an A* student
When we got to the assessment day stage of the application process, there were 15 of us left and some were A* students, and I’m not. I was a real B student. Thankfully, it’s not about academia - it’s about how much you know about sport. It’s about how much you want it, and I think that really helped me. I wasn’t sure I was going to get it, but after I got through a couple of stages I realised my heart was set on it, and that’s what makes the difference.