Ella scores telly goal

Twelve-year-old Ella French, fromThornton, gets ready for her big moment on the ESPN set.
Twelve-year-old Ella French, fromThornton, gets ready for her big moment on the ESPN set.

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Ella French could be the name on the lips of hordes of armchair sports fanatics in future after the 12-year-old, from Cleveleys, won a national competition by television channel ESPN.

The Millfield Science and Performing Arts college pupil will now get to showcase her talents when she presents the FA Women’s Super League Continental Cup Final, which takes place tomorrow night at Underhill Stadium in London, the home of Barnet FC.

Ella impressed the judges after she sent the channel a 60-second video about Olympic champion Mo Farah.

She then beat competition from around the country to win the coveted prize after visiting the ESPN studio, where she and three fellow finalists were given a masterclass in TV sports presenting.

Ella, who is also a keen netball and badminton player, told The Gazette: “I entered because it was a great opportunity but it felt overwhelming when I won.

“I was really excited because I knew what the prize was and I was just really shocked.

“I’d never though of being a TV presenter or a sports presenter before but I’d like to be one now.

“I’m a bit nervous but I can’t wait.”

ESPN presenter Rebecca Lowe added: “We thought Ella had natural magic.

“She has an ability to understand how to broadcast the words she is saying and thereby engages the audience immediately.

“The very fact she’s just 12 years of age shows such huge potential.

“Her journalistic nous is already in evidence and this along with her screen presence made her our winner.”

To see Ella’s 60-second audition video which secured her place in the final visit www.fawsl.com