Meeting top footballers like Thiago Alcantara and Martin Odegaard within five months of graduating has been a dream come true for former Leeds Trinity University student Barbara Berczi.
After graduating in the summer of 2022 Barbara moved to London to work for the Premier League’s in-house broadcasting team which goes to 188 of the 193 countries around the globe.
“Recently I was the production assistant for an interview with Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool and Martin Odegaard from Arsenal and soon we are doing an interview with Pascal Gross from Brighton and Hove Albion.
“It’s so good to meet such big names.
“The atmosphere around all the clubs is amazing and we have something very special with the Premier League.”
Describing her role as a production assistant Barbara said: “We are the heart of the TV broadcast and everything you see on the screen is because of our hard work.”
Discussing her favourite Premier League stadiums to broadcast from, she said there is one place that sticks out for sentimental reasons.
“It’s great to go to Old Trafford and Anfield but for me I always like it when we work at Elland Road. Leeds became a second home for me, so I love to come back.”
Barbara’s journey into sports broadcasting was once of chance.
“I used to be a professional water polo player so sports was close to me and my family.
“I had a bad shoulder injury so that’s why I tried to find a way to stay with sports but not from the swimming pool.”
Barbara, originally from Hungary, made the decision to finish her studies off at Leeds Trinity in January 2020 having begun a television production course at Budapest Metropolitan University.
She told students at Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism and Media Week about how her time studying was impacted by the Covid pandemic.
“When Covid hit and we were basically alone it was really difficult, I have a twin sister back home and we have never really been separated and Covid made me feel more alone.
“But in the end the study experience and the degree I got from here was really good and I would say 100 per cent that this university helped me get where I am today.”
Barbara moved to London following graduation however she went on to explain that she misses West Yorkshire and for her it will always feel like home.
“I really do miss Yorkshire, I feel like Leeds and Horsforth became a second home for me and it is so different to London.
“London is great but this university and the City of Leeds will always be close to my heart so I love coming back.”