Year 7 students heard about the world’s top footballers when they met up with writer Dan Freedman who worked for the Football Association. Dan got his first piece published in Shoot! Magazine at the age of 13. When he realised he wasn’t going to become a professional footballer he decided to become a sports journalist and spent five years with the FA, travelling the world and interviewing top players like Gerrard, Walcott, Ferdinand and Messi.
He spoke about his experiences and the subsequent six books he has written about the adventures of aspiring football star Jamie Johnson. He said: ‘The idea behind the books was a very simple one: I wanted to write the kind of books that I would have loved to have read when I was younger. That meant lots of drama, fast-paced action and, of course lots of football. The other ingredient was to share and tap into the unique experiences that I was lucky enough to have when I was working in football. Having met the top players and managers in the game, I wanted to use those special ingredients in the books.’
Dan spoke to students at Lodge Park and a group of our Year 7s was invited along. Eleanor Davies Jones said: ‘It was really interesting to hear him talk about his books and it is quite amazing what he has done, travelling around the world and finding out what it is actually like to be a football player. He is writing about something that he is passionate about and that he really believes in.’
Luca Milford said: ‘He explained how he got into writing football books. When he was a kid he really loved playing football but he got rejected when he tried to play it so he got into football journalism, went around the world, spoke with the England squad and interviewed some of the most famous footballers in the world. It was amazing to hear him talk about the big stars. He has written six books already and I bought one of them today.’