Steve Atkins, director of communications and Helen Crossley, global social media manager at Chelsea FC, joined the interviews. Speaking on the interview process and partnership with BCOMS, they said: ‘Partnering with BCOMs to offer these bursaries is another important step in the club’s aim to lead the way in promoting equality and diversity.
‘We’ve no doubt that all of the candidates that we interviewed have very bright futures ahead of them. Chelsea would like to congratulate Aymen and Brian on their achievement and look forward to seeing their careers develop.’
Also part of the interview process were Leon Mann MBE and Drew Christie, founder and chair of BCOMS. Drew said: ‘BCOMS works hard to help diversity the UK sports media, and it’s been fantastic to find a partner like Chelsea who believe in the future we’re trying to bring to reality.
‘Ayeman and Brian came through an extremely tough field to claim this inaugural bursary award. They’re two talented young sports journalists who we believe have great futures ahead of them.’
Leon also commented: ‘The quality of bursary applications was incredibly high, which goes to show how much talent there is out there from underrepresented communities. Brian and Aymen are truly outstanding and deserving recipients who have the potential to go right to the top. We cannot wait to see them push forward in the sports media.
‘BCOMS would like to thank the Chelsea Foundation for collaborating with us on this important initiative and club owner, Roman Abramovich, for his support.’