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19th October 2018

AFTER a challenging month of judging, the winner of STABILO Young Journalist of the Year has finally been revealed… Congratulations Finlay Anderson!

Finlay wrote an incredibly exciting piece about England’s first game at the World Cup 2018 in Russia. His article successfully conveyed the emotion and football fever that gripped the nation, as well as incorporating factual details of the game, thus creating an extremely engaging read.

“When my parents told me that had won, I was ecstatic as I dream of becoming a sports journalist when I am older! I am very proud of what I have done as it gives me more experience in the world of journalism. For the past six years, I have been writing match reports for my local football team, Sunderland. I have interviewed many journalists around my local area and they have given me tips on becoming better in penning my reports. Earlier this year, I even started writing blogs in my local newspaper circulated around the Sunderland matches.  This season, I am writing a regular match day programme column for Sunderland, which they are going to feature for all of their home games.”

Also, big congratulations to the competition’s other finalists:

– Annalise Demetriou, age 10, topic: Embarrassing Dads
– Josie Green, age 11, topic: Palm oil
– Milla Smith, age 11, topic: Suffragettes
– Jaipal Kaur Uppal, age 12, topic: Beauty pageants and discrimination
– Sophie Flax, age 9, topic: Going to Mars
– Jemima Batten, age 11, topic: Aspergers Syndrome
– Lucca Peel-Yates, age 12, topic: Plastic
– Anya Kulkarni, age 10, topic: Syrian civil war

The talent of our young journalists excites the judges every year, making it very difficult to whittle it down to a final nine! All finalists will receive a STABILO prize bundle and our lucky winner Finlay will be receiving a fantastic bundle of STABILO goodies worth £1,000 for everyone in his class!

Check out Finlay’s winning column:

“England claimed an opening game victory over Tunisa at the Volgograd Arena.

After a few half chances for the Three Lions, the dominant side struck the first blow when Kane profited from a great save that was pushed away after Harry Maguire’s header. The whole of England erupted in one moment as it was looking to be the start of something great.

This was until the referee deemed that Kyle Walker’s arm hit Ben Youssef’s face intentionally inside the penalty area while he was attempting to shield the ball from his opponent. Apparently a clear penalty according to the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) as they didn’t approach the referee to check his original decision. A lifeline for Tunisa just after 30 minutes! Could Pickford product a historic moment?

Well, that historic moment wasn’t meant to be as Ferjani Sassi converted the spot-kick to place the match back on level terms to score his fourth international goal and the first real one on a big stage like this.

England has two big shouts for a penalty when Harry Kane was wrestled to the floor on both occasions, but the referee waved these claims away. Annoyingly for England supporters in the ground and at home, even VAR didn’t see anything wrong with them, which brings up the claims for why the system was put in place for the tournament is it wasn’t going to be used correctly.

Leading into the finale, the whole of England was hoping almost praying for an England winner and they got just that in the 90+1 minute. Kane nodded the ball home to give England an opening game victory for the first time since the 2006 World Cup.

The celebrations from England in Russia and at home went well into the night and Tuesday morning!”



Leave a Reply

piggy2018 · 11 months ago

#first to reply

emmac · 11 months ago

I am the first to reply!☝️

poppypapa · 11 months ago

Congratulations Finlay. Your piece of writing was great you deserved the prize:-)

aseil11 · 11 months ago

CONGRATS finlay anderson u totally deserve the prize. your amazing!!!!!

hockey.xx · 11 months ago

Well done i thought judging was on the 7th though?

booklover4 · 10 months ago

#great entery
I love it !

amaze4 · 10 months ago


maevegall · 10 months ago


seaparrot · 10 months ago

Congrats Finlay ?

poppypapa · 10 months ago

I would of mistook you for a professional reporter ?

lakshmi · 10 months ago

well done

llamatoast · 10 months ago


ac20 · 10 months ago


skyangel · 10 months ago

Congratulations Finlay

hockeygolf · 9 months ago

first to reply

skateboy · 9 months ago

congrats FIN

abdul786 · 9 months ago

you deserved it ????

skateuk · 9 months ago

but your writing seems amazing!
if i didn't know you were a child i would have thought it was an adult!
shame i don't have you writing in my newspaper!

jedigeorge · 9 months ago

Great column, I wish I could make a column that good

waterlogs · 9 months ago


cutecat19 · 8 months ago


nergit · 8 months ago


kai1502 · 8 months ago


kai1502 · 8 months ago


saaie · 8 months ago

who cares about who replies first

sao · 8 months ago

Wow!!Congrats Finlay, you should definitely become a sports journalist when your older, even though you sound like one now!!!?‍??


nanodream · 8 months ago

I don’t mean to be negative but that was quite biased

vfoucault · 8 months ago

huge congrats!!!!

spaddoosh · 8 months ago


donkey4 · 8 months ago

wow well done finlay you totally deserve the prize

rainbow9 · 7 months ago


mollyboo8 · 7 months ago

Great work, Finlay. I think I sound like a teacher!! ;-)

docgirl · 7 months ago

WOW!!! finlay congrats!!

meindahuzz · 7 months ago

idk what to say

firstdog · 7 months ago

what the......

ojasvi · 7 months ago


ommd2014 · 7 months ago

Hope we win the big game again soon

willo · 7 months ago

Congratulations on an impressive piece of writing, Finlay. Your article was excellent. However, we have some feedback for the judges: we're disappointed that the prize wasn't awarded for a more challenging subject. (There were many in the runners-up list). We feel that the best journalism challenges and enlightens readers (as nearly all the FN reports do - that's why we like it; it makes us think), and offers the opportunity to reflect on important issues. This increasingly important side of journalism seemed to be missing in the winning article.

lilywpink · 7 months ago

congratulations Finlay

lilywpink · 7 months ago

congratulations Finlay you won

skyangel12 · 7 months ago

Congrats!!! Finlay definitely deserves it

teddyfer · 6 months ago

Awesome writing!
It was so interesting ???

teddyfer · 6 months ago

Cool article Finlay.
You could definitely write articles for first news when you're older. You could even do it now ?????????????????????????????????

edmonds123 · 6 months ago

well done finlay you go for the job of a sports journelist congrats?

ommd2014 · 6 months ago

Hope we win the competition

pipahoy · 6 months ago

WOW WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????

Aishah22 · 6 months ago

Good for u

Aishah22 · 6 months ago

Don’t get why u lot r so gassed
CALM down peeps

yoda1 · 6 months ago


agossus · 6 months ago


rowaho · 5 months ago

nice work filay.

rowaho · 5 months ago


sammyboy · 5 months ago

no i am first to reply

bob29 · 5 months ago

Awesome congrats???

puglife · 5 months ago

my names jeff

i like beans

i have a bald shiny head

i like eggs

brh_21 · 5 months ago


agentlord · 5 months ago


tka10 · 4 months ago

congrats well done

shangles · 4 months ago

well done · 4 months ago

Congrats Finlay, your work was great and you totally deserved to win the prize!

fernanda10 · 4 months ago

Well done Finlay great piece of writing!

scuba22 · 4 months ago


flybee · 4 months ago

I would comment but I don’t what to say. Apart from of course

katiepie · 3 months ago

????????? can't be bothered

llama37 · 3 months ago

well done finlay you put my writing to shame and you captured the excitement of the world cup amazingly!

izzylottie · 3 months ago

Well done

crimson · 3 months ago


forkpower · 3 months ago

Great! You are fit for being a reporter...

canser999 · 3 months ago


patimus · 3 months ago

What child would want to meet him?
and well done

samwise · 2 months ago

Well done you are going to be a journalist when you grow up????????

hector7 · 2 months ago

I really want to win!

jan2019 · 1 month ago

Great entery

dynamaniac · 1 month ago

Well done 👍

pig101 · 4 weeks ago

I love first news

miasteele1 · 2 weeks ago

what is this sport