Michael Timbs OH (2010) talks languages with young Hamptonians

I wouldn’t be where I am in my career or had the opportunities I’ve had without the love of languages

As part of Modern Languages Week at Hampton, we were delighted to welcome back Michael Timbs OH (2010), who returned to the School to speak about his career in sports journalism and how his love of languages has aided his career.

After leaving Hampton, Michael studied French and Spanish at the University of Nottingham.

Studying languages at Hampton was a great springboard and provided such a good base for continued learning at university

Whilst studying for his Bachelor’s Degree, he wrote sports articles for the university magazine and continued with his love of football by playing for the university football club.

Giving a fascinating Talk! and assembly, he spoke of how signing up to an internship programme gave him the opportunity to work at COPA90, the world’s largest independent football media company.  After a successful internship, he became a social media content creator and writer for the company.  Michael spoke of the opportunities the role gave him and how his languages helped, when they asked him to become a presenter for their videos and online content.

Talking of the experiences he’s gained in his career to-date, Michael gave the following advice:

Learn something new, expose yourself to languages, different cultures and new people.  Say yes to every opportunity – the different things you try, the more diverse experiences you have, you may find something you love doing.  If you do something you love, it won’t feel like work

Michael is now a freelance sports presenter and journalist and his current work includes presenting for Match of the Day, appearing on Sky Sports and working with Pro:Direct Soccer.  His work has seen him interview some of the biggest names in football.