A BUDDING sports writer has secured his goal of making the headlines after accepting a position with one of the UK’s largest news companies.

Darlington College journalism student Michael Mutch has accepted a post with publishing giants Trinity Mirror Group.

The 26-year-old will begin his role as a trainee multimedia journalist, covering local news in Hertfordshire and Essex, on completion of the college’s NCTJ course which also spawned the careers of BBC journalist and former chief political correspondent John Sergeant and current NBC senior producer Ian Sherwood.

Michael, of Catterick, who began his love of writing as a schoolboy at Risedale Sports and Community College, said: “I’m a massive football fan and used to play when I was younger but when I realised I wasn’t going to cut it as a player I decided to write about it instead.

“I’d cover all the school matches and bore my friends with all the statistics and I knew then that I wanted to become a journalist.”

After completing his GCSEs, Michael enrolled on a two-year Media Moving Image course at Darlington College to gain a valuable insight into interactive media.

“After I finished the course my family moved to Scotland for a year but I kept my hand in by working part time writing match reports for the Highland Football League,” said Michael.

After returning to Catterick, Michael continued with his carer path enrolling on a three-year journalism course at Teesside University, delivered at Darlington College, where he stayed to complete the NCTJ course.”

The one-year full-time course offers practical skills and professional qualification for employment in multi-media including print journalism, writing for websites, public relations and broadcast media.

“The course is great, with such a good mixture of ages, from 18 to 60, a lot of support from tutors and I got so much out of it including already passing my 100 words a minute shorthand and work experience at Darlington Football Club and The Northern Echo,” said Michael.

“I started applying for journalism jobs almost straight away and I think it was being on the NCTJ course that swung it for me at the interview.

“It’s not a sports writer job yet, but it’s a move up the ladder and the first step toward making that career goal come true.”