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Brentford goalkeeper awarded first-class degree

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Richard Lee has been awarded a first-class degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting

Richard Lee has been awarded a first-class degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting

Brentford goalkeeper Richard Lee has spoken of his delight after he was awarded a first-class degree with honours.

The 31-year-old, who was limited to five appearances in all competitions for the Bees during 2013-14 due to a shoulder injury, has been studying Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting – established by former Sheffield Wednesday defender Lawrie Madden – having enrolled on the two-year course through Staffordshire University in 2012.

Lee’s assignments included shadowing various national and local media outlets, as well as reading a module on Sports Law, and his efforts were good enough to earn him the highest possible British undergraduate degree.

“I was absolutely delighted to learn that I received a first-class degree, but it was anything but a walk in the park. It also gave me something to channel my energy into away from football, particularly while I was out last year with a shoulder injury,” the former Watford shot-stopper was quoted as saying by Shoot.

“The course requires players to attend one day per month during the season to fit around their training schedule. This reverts to a period of time studying full-time during the close season, which enables players to complete a number of workplace-based assignments.

“I did mine with The Bees Player (Brentford’s radio player), the Daily Mail, and the Watford Observer. I also managed to get some airtime with BBC Late Kick-Off and Sky Sports news radio.

Lee, whose Brentford contract runs until 2015, added: “For me, the most challenging module was in Sports Law, as we had to produce a paper on negligence in sport, which covers a myriad of things.

“The course also enabled me to rub shoulders with other sporting names, including (former Bolton Wanderers midfielder) Fabrice Muamba, who I met several times during my course. It was a win-win all round.”


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