Hampton School boasts a thriving sporting community, and the award-winning Hampton Sports Chronicle has the enviable task of reporting on this. HSC prides itself on being entirely student-produced and focussing solely on Hampton’s sport.
In 15 years of production, the HSC has seen numerous editors go on to represent various national and international media outlets:
- Adam Hunt (editor 2008) frequently appears as a presenter on Sky Sports News,
- Will Kelleher (editor 2009) is a successful rugby reporter for the Daily Mail,
- Luke Dunn (co-editor 2013) worked as a translator on Sevilla FC’s communications team,
- James Perkins (co-editor 2013) is currently a Social Media Producer at TalkRADIO.
Through all the ISFA finals and Daily Mail Cup runs, the Hampton Sports Chronicle has embarked on a dynamic journey of change, from a biannual paper to its current form – a glossy, professionally printed yearly magazine.
So, in 2018, we changed once again to keep up with the evolving nature of today’s media. Though the print version continued as the focal point of Hampton sports journalism, this new, online venture helped us display the breadth and beauty of our sporting community.
It’s fair to say HSC’s first year online was pretty successful – we published 141 posts (that’s 62,387 words) and picked up 12,235 views in 2019. We were able to report on Hampton’s historic ESFA Cup victory within minutes of the final whistle, providing instant coverage of one of the school’s greatest moments.
But in an equally gratifying fashion, we covered the breadth of Hampton sport in similar amounts of detail. For example, we posted as many articles about the U15D football team as we did about the First XI cricketers. We wouldn’t be doing Hampton’s sport justice if we didn’t.
We continue to welcome articles on a diverse range of topics, from rugby to rowing and table tennis to chess.
We report on Hampton sport, between the U12F team’s first goal and the First XI’s cup final win. That’s the benefit of this online platform – there’s unlimited space.
Thus, we’re always looking for new writers to form the core of our new project. If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see Mr Sharkey in the English department.
As Jules Delay (editor 2011) eloquently put in his article on work experience in a previous edition of the HSC:
“Experience sports journalism for yourself. It may spark an interest that you will never forget”.