Football commentator shares inside tips on how to make it in sport

28 January 2016
Sport students at Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath had a lesson with a difference when Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce recently came in to speak to them about his life in football.

The popular football figure, who is known for his animated commentary, gave an inspiring talk using the late David Bowie as an example of how young people can take control of their futures and work hard to achieve their goals.

Jonathan, who has commentated on seven World Cups, seven Championships and the Women’s World Cup, had some words of advice for the students, noting that they need to ‘be different, be creative and get your facts right’ if they are to make it in sport.

He spoke to the students about the plethora of career opportunities in sport – from journalism to analysis, emphasising that although they may have to consider different paths, carving out a career in the industry is a very real possibility.

Suitably impressed with Jonathan’s extensive experience in football, the students were also fascinated to hear about the time he spent working alongside Bobby Moore and were amused by the story of a disastrous interview with footballing legend Pelè.

To conclude his talk, Jonathan encouraged the students to launch their careers by being ‘confident, prepared and willing to ask questions’. He was delighted to speak to students after the session and gave some valuable advice about ways into professional sports coaching and working abroad.