Our Ambassadors

JONJO KERR- XFACTOR FINALIST AND SOLDIER

JonJo’s Profile will be appearing shortly

SCOTT LOACH FOOTBALL AMBASSADOR 

Heroes Children Fund is delighted to announce that Watford FC number 1 Scott Loach has agreed to become our second sporting Ambassador.

The 6 ft 3 inch stopper has notched up 130 first team appearances for the Golden Boys and is held in high esteem by all at the club. Loachy has also arrived on the international scene, receiving 14 England under 21 caps for Stuart Pearce’s side. 

SCOTT LOACH

Scott is delighted to have teamed up with Heroes Children Fund and hopes to make his connection with the charity a long and successful one. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Scott personally and wish him the best of luck with his career at Ipswich and wherever else it may take him.

Read our exclusive interview with Loachy below.

 

When did you start playing football?

I started playing football at the age of 6 my first team was Halstead Town U7s

 

What do you love about football?

I love the fans and the whole atmosphere around football, its like a whole new religion.

What would you change about football? 

I wouldn’t change anything, i think its a great game, with lots of skill, controversy and entertainment for everyone.

What are your aiming to achieve in the next 5 years?

My aim for 5 years is to hopefully be playing in the premier league and hopefully to be in and around the full england squad.

What tips would you give to any aspiring youth footballers looking to gain a professional contract?

My advice would be to keep working at the basics and enjoy it, because once you lose that enjoyment there’s no point playing.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given and by who?

The best advice I’ve been given was by my goalkeeping coach, your a good goalkeeper, now go and show people and enjoy it.

Favourite Film?

 Hangover or Step Brothers

Favourite Music Artist?

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Football Team?

Ipswich Town/ Man Utd

Favourite Food?

Chicken and sweet mash with asparagus

Who are you Idols?

Peter Schmiechel, Oliver Kahn, Artur Boruc and Buzz Lightyear

Any other hobbies outside football?

Golf and tennis in the summer, otherwise just watching a lot of films.

 

PAUL BARRINGTON GOLF TRICK SHOT AMBASSADOR

Heroes Children Fund are delighted to confirm that golf trick shot specialist Paul Barrington has decided to back the charity and become our 3rd sporting Ambassador.

Paul Barrington

Paul travels the world putting on a breath taking golf trick shot show that includes him hitting a putter over 280 yards! He is also 2 x Britain’s Longest Driver  Champion and also a former World Trick Shot Champion.

‘The Striker’ hopes he will help raise the charity profile whilst travelling the world performing his show and we are very grateful that Paul has decided to join alliances with us.

Read our exclusive interview with the ex- Former World Trick Shot Champion below:

When did you start playing golf?

Age 9

What do you love about golf?

It’s a challenge that you never win but it’s fun trying!

What would you change about golf? 

Larger holes!

How did you become a trick shot specialist?  

Years of watching people play bad shots & combined with my distance of shots I put together a trick show

What tips would you give to any aspiring amateur golfers looking to turn professional?  

Practice practice practice then practice some more

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given and by who? 

Believe in yourself first otherwise nobody else will, my first golf coach

Favourite Film? 

Shawshank Redemption

Favourite Music Artist? 

Elton John

Football Team?

Liverpool

Favourite Food? 

Peppered steak

Who are you Idols? 

David Beckham & Nelson Mandela

Any other hobbies outside golf?  

Family & food

 

BIANCA WESTWOOD SKY SPORTS AMBASSADOR 

Heroes Children Fund are delighted that ‘Take It Like A Fan’ co-host and Gillette Soccer Saturday reporter Bianca Westwood is our latest addition to the Ambassador team.

‘B’ works alongside Fenners on the ever popular ‘Take It Like A Fan’ Sky Sports quiz show. The pair travel the country asking fans football related question in order to win themselves £10 for every correct answer. ‘B’ also works for the Soccer Saturday team, producing reports about what’s going on in the football world.

We are delighted to have ‘B’ on board with us and wish her all the best with her career at BSKYB.

When did you start working in the media?

I started working in the media for Sky Sports in November 2000…I got a job as a runner working on all sorts of sports, making tea & coffee for presenters & production staff. I did this for a couple of months & luckily for me an Editorial Assistant’s job came up on a programme called What A Weekend. I then became an Assistant Producer on the NFL in 2001 & a year after that I got the best job in the world on Gillette Soccer Saturday. I worked my way up from there. Luckily I have a great producer who when I said I wanted to report he believed in me.

What do you love about football?

I’ve loved football ever since I can remember. I started going to Upton Park when I was 5 years old & at 12-13 I was going on my own with a mate in the Chicken Run. I can’t believe I was allowed but nothing would have stopped me! I’ve watched other sports but nothing can compare to the excitement & drama of football. I have 5 brothers & my entire family are football mad so I never really had much choice! Every other Saturday we were at West Ham, every Sunday I’d watch my brothers play. Football has changed massively since I first started going but the buzz on matchday walking up to the ground, when you first walk up the steps & see the pitch & hear the fans singing that never goes away. Take It Like A Fan has given me a new appreciation of that. The love of the game all over the country never ceases to amaze me.

What would you change about football?

Not a lot. I’d probably change the fortunes of the Hammers. They’re always hiding!!

What are you aiming to achieve in the next 5 years?

I’m happy doing the job that I do & I consider myself very lucky. Although I do believe the harder you work the luckier you get. It’s taken me 10 years to get to where I am. But I’ve learned so much over that time & I wouldn’t have it any other way. In 5 years I’ll probably still be at Sky. No other broadcaster can compete with the way we do sport.

What tips would you give to any aspiring journalist?

Work hard & you will get noticed. The best runner I ever had working with me now produces our midweek Soccer Specials & it didn’t take long for him to do be doing that. It may sound silly but he made the best tea & he made a LOT of it. He was always available to do something for you. You never forget a decent runner Plus, don’t be afraid to approach people, submit ideas or ask questions, get as much experience as you can, DO YOUR HOMEWORK, believe in yourself & your ability. It worked for me.

 What’s the best piece of advice you have been given and by who?

Probably from Sky’s deputy head of sport when I told him I wanted to to be a reporter. “Always listen to your interviewee & always ask questions”. It may sound obvious but when I first started I spent a lot of time watching other reporters & you wouldn’t believe how many don’t actually listen to what their interviewee is saying or just make statements instead of asking questions. After a tough game the last thing a manager wants to hear is your opinion “you must be disappointed with that performance…” is a good way to tick someone off… Always start with What, Why, When, Where or How. Interviewing isn’t as easy as it looks especially post-match but let them tell you not the other way around.

Favourite film?

Far too many to mention. Sports films would be Any Given Sunday or Jerry Maguire.

Favourite Music Artist?

Again too many to mention. I like every genre of music really, from Pop to Rock, to R&B to Country. If I like it I like it. The song Ventura Highway by America always cheers me up. It has a beautiful sound & reminds me of sunshine, good friends & roadtrips across the States. America is my favourite place in the world.

Football Team?

I’m an East End girl so West Ham of course. COYI!

Favourite Food?

Japanese & Italian.

Who are you Idols?

Growing up it was Frank McAvennie & Tony Cottee (giving my age away now ha!) It’s funny because I work with Tony all the time now at Sky & he’s a good friend. I also interviewed Frank for a Soccer Saturday feature last season which was a dream come true & he told me some fantastic stories about his days at West Ham. If only I knew back then when I was 8 years old what I know now. I would never have believed it!

Any other hobbies?

My life usually consists of living & breathing football! But during the summer I love to travel as much as I can. If I’m not on the road doing interviews you can usually find me at home watching football, films or in the gym. Can’t get fat when I have to stand next to Fenners haha!