BBC Radio 5 live visit Holyhead school to launch ‘Young Commentator of the Year’

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BBC Radio 5 live go back to school on April 27 as they kick off their Young Commentator of the Year competition.


The news and sport station visit Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi in Holyhead to inspire pupils to get involved in their nationwide search for talented young commentators. The 5 live branded bus will be parked up in the playground, offering masterclasses and workshops in the art of commentary.

It’s the one of six stops at schools across the UK, as their bus tour takes in Manchester, London, Wales, Scotland, Sheffield and Birmingham.

Adam Williams, Headteacher, says that it is a great opportunity for youngsters.

He said: “Having the 5 live bus with us for the day gives the pupils of Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi a chance get some tips from the top and receive some invaluable career advice from people who work on a national radio station. It’s also something adults can get involved with too as there’s an after school session where teachers and parents can get some hands on experience.

He added: “We are really excited to welcome the 5 live team and hope it will inspire some of our youngsters to have a go at entering their competition too.”

The Young Commentator of the Year is open to boys and girls aged 11 to 15, all they have to do to enter is visit

There are five clips online to choose to commentate on, featuring a variety of sports from football, tennis, rugby, athletics and rugby. Entrants can record themselves in action and then simply submit their commentary using the web uploader.

A panel of experts will shortlist the final 20 who will face a judging panel made up of 5 live sporting commentators and pundits including John Murray, Conor McNamara, Jacqui Oatley, Gigi Salmon, Darren Campbell and Sonja McLaughlan.

The winner of 5 live’s Young Commentator of the Year gets the chance to spend a day with 5 live at a sporting event where they’ll have a go at commentating. They’ll also get a behind the scenes tour of 5 live and BBC Sport at MediaCityUK in Salford along with receiving a Young Commentator of the Year trophy.

5 live football correspondent, John Murray, has a few tips for any hopefuls: “You’ve got to remember you are commentating for the radio, not television, so words are extremely important as the action can’t be seen. Reflect the excitement in your voice, think about pace and how you can build up to a crucial point. I certainly want to hear passion and enthusiasm, but at the same time it is important to stay in control of your voice.”

 5 live’s Young Commentator of the Year competition opens on Friday,  April 22 and entries close on Saturday, May 7. For full details visit