Saddle-up for young journalists’ meeting on July 23

The SJA young journalists’ networking drinks continue with a summer event, generously supported by the Jockey Club, to be held at the Treehouse Terrace of the Abbey Tavern, Kentish Town, on Thursday July 23.

Young SJA drinksStarting from 6pm and going on until the sun goes down, the event welcomes any young sports journalist, photographer or broadcaster, whether working or studying to network with those of a similar age.

The event is a relaxed environment but previous editions have included engaging discussions about the future of the industry and how the SJA can continue to protect the integrity of quality sports journalism.

July’s meeting, open to SJA members and non-members, will be supported by The Jockey Club for the first time, although it is by no means restricted to journalists working only in horse racing.

Founded in 1750, The Jockey Club today is the owner and‎ guardian of many of British racing’s leading assets, from the Cheltenham Festival to the Grand National and The Investec Derby Festival to The National Stud. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny of profit made by The Jockey Club is reinvested in Britain’s second biggest spectator sport.

A complimentary drink will be offered to guests upon arrival. Snacks will also be provided.

“The SJA warmly welcomes the approach from our colleagues at The Jockey Club,” Steven Downes, the Association’s Secretary, said, “as a sports body that is keen to engage with sports journalists, especially the younger generation of writers, editors, photographers and broadcasters, to ensure the best possible coverage of their sport. We look forward to working with the Jockey Club on other events in the near future.

“And we’re especially grateful for the hard work of SJA member Christian Radnedge in leading with this initiative and organising these successful events. We look forward to welcoming previous attendees and new ones, and hearing your views and suggestions.”

Please email to indicate your intention to attend, or for more information on this event.

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Tue July 14: Young sports journalists social event

Mon Sep 14: SJA Autumn Golf Day, Muswell Hill Golf Club

Tue Oct 6: Entry forms for 2015 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards published

Thu Dec 17: SJA British Sports Awards, sponsored by The National Lottery


Mon Feb 22: SJA British Sports Journalism Awards dinner, sponsored by BT Sport