Intern Spotlight: Ash Ramos

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It’s a new year and the A-Leagues have returned from their Covid breaks which means The Football Sack interns are back cutting their teeth in press boxes around the country.

The Football Sack Internship Program has already seen 94 successful graduates come through its ranks, with this season seeing 15 new faces ready to work hard towards their dream job in the industry.

Throughout the season we have been will highlighting some of those interns and this month we spoke to Ash Ramos, who – along with the author – has been covering Perth Glory during the 2021/22 A-Leagues season.

Coming from a European background, football was a key part of her life growing up. Since then, she has always found herself watching and talking about football.

The opportunity provided by The Football Sack while studying journalism at Curtin University lets Ash do both of those things with like-minded people, however, journalism wasn’t her first choice.

“Initially, I first started studying law at the University of Western Australia until I realised that I didn’t enjoy it. I also enrolled in a first year journalism unit and I loved it so I decided to continue with it.”

Ash stumbled upon The Football Sack after meeting former Perth Glory Intern Isabella Corbett at a Sports Media panel. Following this, she chatted to Christian Layland and her heart was set on joining the TFS Crew.

“When that opportunity came up, I was like ‘oh it’s kind of a dream gig.’”

Since then, she has embraced everything the internship has to offer and is relishing the challenge.

“I love the pressure of being able to meet a deadline, actually doing a good job and then you’re getting the feedback as well.

“It really can help progress your career, especially being at university, it gives you a foot in the door as well. So, you know what’s expected.”

Getting a first taste of the industry has left Ash hungry for more and she will look to build on her experience.

“If you’re covering something that you’re interested in, it does help. Obviously, you’re always around it and I you can tell when writers are passionate because it comes through in their writing. I think it’s been great so far and I’ve been happy to get creative.”

The impact caused by COVID-19 this season has restricted her to just one live game: a 2-1 win for Perth Glory over Brisbane Roar.

Despite these setbacks, Ash says attending the match has been a highlight of her time so far.

“My favourite moment is when I went to the first A-League Women’s game. I was having a chat to a few of the other broadcasters after the game and one of the guys who does radio that I know.

“The encouragement I got from people was really nice, especially being a female in the field, it’s not as common. It’s nice to be recognised and have other people appreciate your work as well.”

Ash understands the importance of what The Football Sack provides for aspiring journalists like herself, all of which wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of its donors.

“It lets us do what we do and without it, it would be a very different ball game. We’re very fortunate that people are so generous in supporting football, and what Christian and Matt have done to build the organisation gives us a fighting chance in making it.”

She hopes to graduate in a year and a half and is looking forward to her future in the industry.

“I do want to go into broadcast media. I’ve always been around football, so I wanted to be involved with sport, whether that be talking or writing. So if it’s not broadcast sports journalism, hopefully somewhere in writing but we shall see because you never know in this industry.”

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Lachlan Allen
Lachlan is a recent Journalism graduate from Curtin University. He will be covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-league season

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