Intern Spotlight: Bill Hedley

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As the A-League Men season approaches its end, The Football Sack spoke to the interns tasked with covering their clubs in perhaps the most bizarre season to date.

Football put its charm on Brisbane Roar correspondent, Bill Hedley, at a young age and it is yet to loosen its grip.

“I’ve been playing football since about grade one and am still playing today at 22 – 16 years or so of playing football,” he said.

Although heavily invested in the A-League Men during Brisbane’s glory years in the early 2010s, Bill’s footballing heart lies with Arsenal. An avid follower of both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League around his support for his hometown club here in Australia.

Whilst undertaking a Journalism degree at the University of Queensland, sniffing about for an internship for one of his units, Bill received an email from the staff.

“They sent out an email saying, ‘We’ve had people do this internship in the past if you’re interested in it’. I emailed off whatever I had to and that was it,” he said.

Like every TFS intern, Bill knows that exact feeling of discovering an opportunity that sounds far too hands-on and advantageous to be real or reachable. He has been thrilled with his experiences as he closes out a season with the Roar.

“My favourite is definitely game day. Especially interviewing the coaches, even gaining a relationship with them,” he said.

“I’m pretty friendly with Warren Moon at this stage, which is nice. He’s a really nice bloke, always happy to have a chat even after the press conference has finished.”

Even with a stressful and exciting season nearly completely behind him, Bill feels privileged to have earned a spot in one of the finest pathways for young journalists in Australia.

“The Football Sack is one of the best opportunities you could have,” he said.

“As a young, aspiring journalist, even if you’re not looking to get into sports, it’s perfect because of the experience it gives you. Getting to go to game days and interview players, interview managers. You really are doing the job of a real journalist.”

The Football Sack and the wealth of opportunity they offer to their interns is kept alive through the generosity of their donors. Those who believe in the promise of young writers and have the courage and faith to donate money to give those writers a go in their dream field.

“Obviously, none of us would be in this position without the donors and what they do for us. Personally, it’s been such a great experience to grow as a journalist. A big thank you to them for allowing us to enjoy this experience and make the most of it,” said the Queensland correspondent.

“The only way you can get started in this industry is by gaining experience and by working on your craft. For The Football Sack to offer something like this, it’s amazing for young journalists.”

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Tom Macrae
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Communications undergrad at Western Sydney University covering Macarthur FC in the 2021/22 season. Newcastle United. Jack Grealish fangirl.

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