DO you enjoy playing or watching sport? Are you of secondary school age and would like the chance to write a match report or comment on a sporting event you’ve seen and possibly win a prize for it? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then our new competition is for you - although time has now run out to enter this year.

We have begun our search for the most talented young sports writers by launching the inaugural Watford Observer Young Sports Writer of the Year Awards.

In association with the Watford & Three Rivers and Watford & Hertsmere school sports partnerships, the aim of the awards is to promote sports writing among young people.

The awards were open to all students attending schools of secondary education age within the Watford Observer’s circulation area, whether those schools are members of the two school sports partnerships or not. Students attending other recognised establishments that play a key role in the education of children of secondary school age were also able to enter.

How the awards work

The Watford Observer Young Sports Writer of the Year Awards are divided into the three secondary academic Key Stages – Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9, ages 11 to 14), Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11, ages 14 to 16) and Key Stage 5 (sixth form, ages 16 to 18).

Within each Key Stage, students are able to enter into any of three categories – live reporting, feature writing and comment.

Students can write about what they wish; the only restriction is it must be sport-based. However, students are encouraged to write about sport that has a local angle wherever possible and as wide a range of different sports.

Students can enter as many reports as they wish, up to a maximum of 400 words each, but they can only submit one report per category for judging purposes (further guidance on the timeframe and how entries can be submitted will be published/issued in due course). The last date for submitting entries for judging purposes will be Saturday, May 31, 2013.

The reason students are able to enter as many reports as they wish is to give them and their school/establishment maximum flexibility to use the awards in the most beneficial way possible to them. All entries received will be uploaded to our website in this dedicated awards section. The Watford Observer reserves the right to also publish some in the newspaper through the duration of the competition for promotional or other purposes. All winning entries will be printed in the newspaper in an ‘awards special’.

An awards ceremony will be held before the end of the 2013/14 academic year where a total of ten prizes will be presented – the nine Key Stage category winners and the first Watford Observer Young Sportswriter of the Year.

How schools can register

Schools/establishments are responsible for uploading awards entries to this website. In order to do this, schools/establishments needed to register to take part in the awards.

Schools/establishments that have registered are now able to upload entries to their own clearly identifiable sub-section of this awards section.
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