Sam Duffy. Press Officer Fleetwood Town F.C.
Any course or class run by Peter Smith I would readily recommend. He had a massive influence on my media development. When it came to practical teaching and coaching, he was simply in a league of his own.
I really looked forward to Peter’s sessions at University. His knowledge of sports media is immense, as is his professional experience, not to mention his contact network. Week in week out the class would grill him for anecdotes and tales from his experiences with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and he didn’t disappoint us.
There is nothing better for people who want to work within the media industry to glean information and techniques from those who are still on the frontline, with decades of battle scars to back them up.
Looking back I did have a good time at University,.But upon graduating I was left with a lot to reflect upon.
I had three years of staggered lectures spaced out over the course of a week and far too much academic work, which I now consider to have been a complete irrelevance. Having to learn about things such as Eastern European politics and other frivolous topics have no bearing whatsoever on the types of plots you find yourself in whilst working within a football club, allied to the daily scenarios posed by our various local media outlets.
I am, I suppose proud of my degree, but has it ever been eluded to in my professional life ? No is the honest answer. Having a degree is certainly not a hindrance that is for sure, but employers seem to be far more interested in your experience and abilities, and that is why I am certain that people will benefit from courses run by Peter Smith. He will tell it how it is, that is an absolute certainty.
Another huge factor is the amount of student debt that is hanging over me due to course fees and living expenses. I’m ambitious and intend to have a successful career, and that that means paying back large amounts of cash over a prolonged period. The classes that Peter is conducting are available for a snip of what I owe in student debt. .
It is my view that those seeking the media wisdom of Peter will be making a very wise choice.
RYAN CONWAY. Data Analyst Perform Group Sports News Writer Omnisport
When I first encountered Peter Smith as a one day a week university lecturer, it is fair to say that we didn’t see eye to eye. We’ve since become great friends. He didn’t just teach me about media but about life and the lessons that go with it. I always knew that I could count on him for an honest opinion. I didn’t always like what he had to say, but I respected what he had to say.
He coached me into becoming a better writer and how to spot lines within the stories.
Peter had a knack of turning the sessions into a real life news room situation with his alter ego, The Editor, a character that he played who he insisted existed for real, and true to his word a character I’ve encountered in a professional guise. Dealing with the alter ego was fantastic preparation and a massive help in equipping me for the bold personalities you have to placate in the real journalistic world.
I can point to so many skills that Peter helped me to refine, and in some cases, discover completely. He helped me so much with my interviewing technique, condensing the questions, developing the answers and how to make them conversations not interrogations. He taught me how to be focused in the pursuit of stories, whilst fully respecting the process of obtaining them.
He is hugely connected in the media world and has two outstanding mentors alongside him in Chris Irvine and Bill Blackburn, both of whom have reputations as top quality tutors.
Peter Smith has helped me become a better journalist and a better human being. I feel absolutely confident in saying that I would not be the journalist or person I am today without his guidance.
Lauri Cox. Producer BBC Radio Tees. Media assistant Middlesbrough F.C.
The thing that stands out most about Peter for me is his knowledge, enthusiasm and his willingness to share it with those who aspire to work amongst the media. Some of the advice that he has offered me has proved precious and at times invaluable. He makes you believe in yourself and your abilities. His work with his students is second to none in the way he offers up an authentic insight into how the journalistic profession really is. He is always willing to help. It is not an easy profession, that is for certain. Contrary to popular belief, it can be far from glamorous, but with Peter by your side as a friend and mentor, you won’t go far wrong.
Ryan Daly. Media Assistant Doncaster Rovers FC, Doncaster RL.
Peter Smith and Chris Irvine are two main reasons I was able to get my first job in the media. These two guys do not teach from text books, they stand out from the rest because of it. Their meticulous feedback helped me get on the correct path.
Having a keen interest in Manchester United, I used to love asking Peter about his experiences with the great Sir Alex Ferguson. I was always enthralled and still am when he recites his unique experiences with the greatest boss that ever lived.
I wish to emulate both Peter and Chris, to have been around as long as they have and to still be going strong speaks volumes as to how dedicated they have been to their profession. For Peter to have been a Manchester United correspondent for thirty years in different guises is something to be envious of, along with his lengthy service to Sky Sports News and Soccer Saturday. I still make a point of reading Chris Irvine’s match reports in The Times and Sunday Times. Those who attend their future sessions will benefit from them massively, that is for certain.
Adam Lamping Press Officer Barnsley F.C.
It was an absolute pleasure and a privilege to have been taught by Peter Smith and Chris Irvine and I credit them massively for helping me reach where I am today. Their attention to detail is absolutely superb. The positives, negatives or even the basic average were always discussed in a friendly but serious manner, in their bid to educate and improve me.
If you combine their football and rugby network, you are talking about a huge global contact base, the fact that I am now a part of their network is a huge complement. With the types of practitioners that they will bring in, and with top camera and film specialist Bill Blackburn in their team, their courses are bound to be top quality.