Former digital media student harnesses digital skills to inspire the next generation of football players.

Profile photo of former Highbury student Max Swatton in his Pompey in the Community jacket

After completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production in July 2019, football fan and digital whizz kid, Max Swatton was snapped up by Pompey in the Community (PitC) to promote the amazing opportunities offered by Portsmouth Football Club's affiliated charity. 

Max said his course prepared him perfectly for the role as Social Media Assistant, saying: “I’ve been with PitC for four months and I’m really enjoying it. My course massively prepared me for my job. I'm hoping to produce lots more videos for social media and I know there’s certain video projects that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I hadn’t come to Highbury. The College really helped me develop my skills in so many areas of media, whether it be TV, film, radio, print and digital.”

Former Highbury media students can be found everywhere within the industry, including the BBC, Global Media, ITV News, Sky, local radio and more.

Max added: “I chose Highbury because the course is very unique. It wasn’t just unique in the style of the course but the facilities as well are amazing. In particular, the media facilities are broadcast standard with industry-standard cameras to use at your will.”

As Social Media Assistant, Max manages all the social media accounts, creates digital content and produces flyers in order to publicise the activities PitC do.

This September also marked the launch of a new Level 3 Diploma in Sport, offered by Pompey in the Community in partnership with Highbury College. The course is ideal for aspiring footballers, both male and female, and includes weekly training session, match analysis, conditioning sessions and classroom-based learning. As part of the courses, students participate in competitive fixtures against other professionals in either the National Football Youth League or EFL Community and Education Football Alliance League.

Head of Curriculum for PitC Daniel Rook said: “Max has been a great addition to the team at Pompey in the Community, his knowledge with regards to social media and design is excellent and has established effective tools for us to market ourselves to the public. Max has great enthusiasm to use his knowledge in the sporting environment and we are excited to see the impact he will have on the growth of Pompey in the Community moving forwards. Max has already shared his professional understanding of media with staff at Portsmouth Football Club and he has an active role with the Pompey Women's team on a regular basis.”

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  • Date 30/10/2019