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Sisi’s Fijian Fighting Spirit

Fijian Judo player, Sisilia Nagisa, has been in the North West of England for a month as part of her London 2012 pre games training camps, helping her achieve her aspirations to participate in this year’s London Olympics.

An Olympic Legacy for London 2012, by young people in Trafford

We took a trip down to a very cold, and wintery London last week to visit their local MP for Stretford and Urmston, Kate Green, at the Houses of Parliament. We were invited down south to attend a meeting with Kate and the Head of Education for the London 2012 Organising Committee, Nick Fuller.

Meeting at Portcullis House, across the road from the Houses of Parliament, we spoke about the Olympics in 2012, and how The Reporters’ Academy is already leaving a lasting legacy for the London 2012 games.

BBC Live Sites Across UK

The Reporters’ Academy films are currently being screened on BBC big screens, across the UK.

Every week our films are playing to a potential audience of 4 million people in such cities as Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast Edinburgh…23 cities in total.

If you spot one of our films, take a photo and send it to us on you will recognise its one of ours by the little white triangle in the corner, our logo, shining proudly.

View all our film on our YouTube channel

BMX Zero to Hero - Episode 3 - The Balance!

In episode 3, Eddie shows us how he got on over Christmas and how he feels just 4 months before the BMX World Championships!

With Eddie preparing to study for his GCSE exams, he also shows us how he manages to balance his schoolwork with his BMX Training

You can follow Eddie and the BMX Zero to Hero Crew on Twitter @BMXZerotoHero and view his films on the event website

This project is commissioned by the 2012 BMX World Championships.

Ian Irwin. From the First Bell. The Boxers, The Games, The Memories

A video testimonial from the great Ian Irwin, ex GB boxing coach to the greats, current advisor to the Nauru boxing team. A delicate film in which we hear stories from Olympics gone by, anecdotes from his time coaching Audley Harrison and his thoughts travelling to London from the Lake Districts for the first time as a young man, a premonition of how the Nauru boxers will feel ahead of London 2012.

Pacific Island Kiribati Boxers in Crewe

Tarieta and Andrew are boxers from Kiribati, a collection of Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. They dream of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics, they travelled 9000 miles to England in order to gain more competitive experience to aid their qualifiers and raise their chances of competing at London.

This film highlights how important boxing is to the people of Kiribati and how Andrew and Tarieta hope their experiences will benefit them.

Happy New Year, 2012!

We have high hopes for 2012 here at The Reporters' Academy

The Yellow Olympic Ring Visits UK

Oceania’s National Olympic Committees' representatives travelled together to England for the last time before London 2012. This film features the 15 Oceania nations on their journey from London to the North West of England. The Olympic representatives from Pacific Islands such as Fiji, Samoa and Nauru, get to know the facilities their athletes shall be using in the run up to London 2012.

Stars Squad

This week we have been working on a film commission for a Youth Sport Trust project called Stars Squad, a group of national standard young athletes from Stoke.

We really enjoyed meeting all the talented athletes, definitely ones to watch for the fact, ones to watch now, Beaky featured in the film is currently the national indoor and outdoor senior and junior champion! Impressive. Take a look for yourself

Zero to Hero Episode 1 Now Online

Meet Eddie, who has set himself the challenge of entering the 2012 BMX World Championships. Eddie hadn’t been on a bike in years and now he has thrown himself into the deep end.

Young film makers at The Reporters’ Academy are following his progress, producing monthly documentaries and providing plenty of behind the scenes insight into Eddie’s challenge.

In episode 1 Eddie realises what he has let himself in for, gets advice from Shanaze Reade and rides a BMX for the first time!

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