TFS Graduate Story: George Vlotis

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With over a decade of The Football Sack, we’re going back and reflecting on our graduates.

The Football Sack has had 94 graduates and the new year brings a chat with TFS Graduate #34, George Vlotis. Know as ‘James Harden of the inner-west’, Vlotis sure knows his way around the sports journalism sphere.

Football has always been a passion for Vlotis, playing in the New South Wales Premier League until he was 18 before beginning his journalism studies at University of Technology Sydney.

Surprisingly for an ex-player, and unlike most football journalists, covering football was not on the forefront of his mind when he entered his degree.

“I didn’t really consider sports journalism, I was thinking more news and current affairs. Then I was like ‘oh I could do a bit of sport and journalism at the same time,'” said Vlotis.

Prior to The Football Sack, the 28-year-old interned for SBS and some smaller internships undertaking online writing and film reviews. Discovering The Football Sack Internship through university, Vlotis believed it would be the perfect segway into the world game.

“Football has always been a massive part of my life. I’ve been to many matches so it felt like a natural fit when the The Football Sack internship cropped up.”

A die-hard Sydney FC supporter, Vlotis got his shot as the sky blue TFS correspondent for the 2015/16 season.

With the intimidating Graham Arnold the head coach of Sydney FC, Vlotis was thrown straight into the deep-end with Arnold’s press conferences a real eye-opener regarding the fierceness of the industry.

Vlotis acknowledged the sink or swim motif surrounding the internship believing that’s what stands The Football Sack out from other internships.

“It can be scary but I think it’s the best experience. It forces you to learn and adapt and to think on the go.”

Moving on from The Football Sack, Vlotis accomplished significant feats while still a young buck at university. Two write-ups in The Sydney Morning Herald while still in university showed how valued the internship is to other networks.

After taking a summer off before tossing resumes around, George landed a gig with Channel Nine’s nine.com.au and wwos.com.au in 2018. Hired as an associate producer, Vlotis progressed into a sports journalist role where he spent the last couple of years.

Vlotis now finds himself at Macquarie Group as a Communications Executive. He happily credits the skills he learnt through The Football Sack for promoting his writing flexibility.

“The skills are really transferable. That’s the best thing being able to write and flip it and change style. You can write for a million different things.”

The Football Sack holds a successful track record of graduates and individuals like George will always highlight what The Football Sack Internship can lead to and inspire current and future interns to follow their path.

“The Football Sack is literally doing exactly what a full-time professional journalist is doing every week. The Football Sack equips you with the skills to navigate through all those challenges and rise above it.”

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Mitchell Roese
Mitchell Roese
Sports enthuse currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. Covering the Central Coast Mariners 2021/22 A-League Season

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