BT Sport have launched a search for youth sports TV presenting talent, unveiling its BT Sport Young FA Cup Presenter of the Year competition.
Live now on btsport.com, the competition will present the winner with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of being part of BT Sport's live FA Cup Final TV coverage on May 17. On FA Cup Final day from London's Wembley stadium, the winner will film a segment for BT Sport's broadcast of that match alongside BT Sport's lead football anchor Jake Humphrey. He or she will also get to bring their family or friends to the big occasion and watch the match courtesy of BT Sport. Runners-up prizes include FA Cup semi-final tickets and football shirts signed by the BT Sport presenting team.
To enter, contestants - open to UK residents aged 13 to 16 years old - simply need to shoot and record an original, one minute, single-camera-shot of themselves presenting a news report around the 2013/14 FA Cup. Entries can be shot using a smartphone or professional camera but cannot include additional footage, interviews, music or graphics and should feature only the individual entering the competition. Contestants then simply need to upload the video to their a YouTube or Vimeo account and send the URL to BT Sport as part of the entry form submission on the BT Sport website.
Humphrey, who will help identify the winner as a judge, said: "BT Sport is thoroughly enjoying covering the FA Cup, the world's oldest and greatest domestic football competition. We want to celebrate the tournament by unearthing future talent and great stories, by giving youth an opportunity to join in with BT Sport. This could be a great moment for one lucky girl or boy - I cannot wait to view the entries and present with that winner on FA Cup Final day."
Grant Best, BT Sport's senior executive channel producer, who will judge entries alongside Jake and the BT Sport team, added: "Watch the FA Cup with us on BT Sport and send us your entry based on the stories and dramas that this year's FA Cup competition will present. We're looking for bright, engaging and captivating young talent as we celebrate the magic of the FA Cup this season. Pay close attention to all of the terms and conditions on the btsport.com website to make sure you are available on certain dates. You will also need your parent or guardian's permission to enter, and, you might need a Child Performance Licence from your local council to take up the prize, so do plenty of research!"
Entries remain open until midnight on 17 February, after which a final four shortlist will be drawn up and those shortlisted contacted on 20 February before 5pm. The final four will then attend a special judging morning at BT Sport's state-of-the-art studios at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 3 April, where they will receive top tips on TV presenting from Jake and the BT Sport team, before recording a non-live, short piece to camera on the BT Sport TV set. The competition is open to UK residents aged 13 to 16 years old who have parental/guardian permission to enter, with full terms and conditions available at btsport.com/youngpresenter.
BT Sport is the UK's newest sports TV service, with three channels showing live top tier action from the Barclays Premier League and the Aviva Premiership as well as a host of other sport. BT has more than two million customers who take the service and the channels reach around four million homes when BT's wholesale deal with Virgin Media is taken into account. It is also the home for top European league football, showing regular live matches from Germany's Bundesliga, France's Ligue1 and Italy's Serie A.
BT Sport announced on Saturday November 9 that it will be the new UK home of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football, following a tender process in which BT won the exclusive live broadcast rights to all 350 matches from both tournaments. The rights run for three seasons from 2015/16.