BT Sport show created by NewVIc students to premiere on Boxing Day

NewVIc media students standing with former West Ham and Manchester United footballer and BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand...

NewVIc media students with former West Ham and Manchester United footballer and BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand outside the studios at Here East. - Credit: BT Sport

A show created by students from Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) will be broadcast on BT Sport on Boxing Day. 

Twelve media students with no previous experience created the BT Sport Takeover show during an eight-week course run by BT Sport at Plexal, an innovation centre and co-working space at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

NewVIc media students with filming equipment on a television set used for BT Sport Takeover

NewVIc media students on the BT Sport Takeover set at Here East. - Credit: BT Sport

In its second year, the course aims to teach the students how to film and produce a television programme. 

Level 3 media production student Wiktoria Przybyla said: “It was an incredible experience - eight weeks of pure fun and learning so much. 

“Being in this environment and working on the floor of an actual studio on a professional video and shadowing staff, you don’t do that every day. 


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“I can take this experience with me to help me in my future career.

Media students on set with wardrobe items and props during BT Sport Takeover filming

Danielle Saakashalo and Yosvani Tavares on set during BT Sport Takeover filming. - Credit: BT Sport

"It has also widened my thoughts about media production as I have always had a passion for it and where it could lead, I can’t talk highly enough for what this experience has meant to me.” 

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BT Sport Takeover is a half-hour magazine style studio show created by students, based on lifestyle, culture and events in the sporting world. 

The programme, presented by broadcaster Pippa Monique and the Takeover creators, includes three short films which deal with the topics of inclusivity, sustainability and community.

Broadcaster Pippa Monique and NewVIc media student Hanifa Uddin on set at Here East.

Broadcaster Pippa Monique and NewVIc media student Hanifa Uddin on set at Here East. - Credit: BT Sport

NewVIc media teacher Maria Kelesidi said: “It was a superb learning opportunity on all aspects of production. 

“We are extremely proud of these students and what they have achieved with the project and very lucky to be working with BT Sport, giving students this experience in a real working environment for two years running.”  

NewVIc students with filming equipment beside a rugby field

Dhul Sharif during filming of a short film as part of the BT Sport Takeover course. - Credit: BT Sport

Jamie Hindhaugh, of BT Sport, added: “Considering this was their first foray into television, the standard is very high.

"To produce not one, but three thought-provoking pieces is nothing short of incredible.

"BT Sport Takeover is an important part of our commitment to encourage diversity in the broadcast industry and to give opportunities to the east London community within which we are based.”

The first broadcast of the show will be at 6.45pm on December 26 on BT Sport 2. 

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