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Woodhouse student hits the net with football vlog

Posted onPosted on 9th Feb

A football-mad media production student from Mansfield Woodhouse enjoyed his very own taste of the industry, after starring in a BBC video charting his team’s FA Cup run.

Notts County supporter Declan Weliczko was hand-picked by producers of the BBC Sport website’s FA Cup Stories series to be filmed on the day of the Magpies’ fourth-round tie against Swansea City at Meadow Lane.

It came after they spotted the 18-year-old’s self-filmed match-day vlogs on his own YouTube Channel, ARLukomski, where he muses all things Notts and captures fan footage from the terraces.

Declan, who attends West Nottinghamshire College, was recorded going about his regular match-day routine for the piece — called Notts County’s New Era.

It featured his customary walk to the stadium from Nottingham train station while simultaneously talking about his hopes for the game, along with the club’s turbulent recent history and his optimism for the future under its current regime.

He even grabbed an opportunity to have his photograph taken with Football Focus presenter Dan Walker after that week’s edition of the long-running BBC programme was broadcast live from The Broken Wheelbarrow pub, a favourite haunt for Notts fans.

Declan’s passionate support for the Magpies was captured from the stands as the game unfolded — ranging from the despair of conceding a goal just before half-time to the ecstasy of salvaging an equaliser after the hour mark, which saw the high-flying League Two outfit finish the game 1-1 to earn a replay against their Premier League opposition.

Declan said: “Throughout the day I was accompanied by a video journalist, who filmed me pulling-on my Notts shirt at home and taking the train to Nottingham before recording some bits around the stadium — all while talking about Notts’ past, present and future.

“Then we headed inside for the match, where he videoed me and lots of other supporters as things got under way, including my reaction to the goals.

“It was a bit surreal because I hadn’t experienced anything like that before, being filmed by the media, but I really enjoyed it.

“I’ve received lots of congratulations and positive comments from friends and family, which is quite cool.”

Although Declan’s beloved Magpies went on to crash-out of the competition — after being thrashed 8-1 in the return fixture at the Swan’s Liberty Stadium, in South Wales — he insisted he had an amazing experience overall, with his two-minute 40-second film subsequently featured on the BBC Sport website, YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

The teenager — who hopes to pursue a career as a journalist or full-time vlogger — said the experience had further whetted his appetite for the industry.

Declan, who studies the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media Production (Film and TV), added: “This has opened my eyes to different aspects of the media; not just journalism and vlogging but other things too.

“I’ve already tried lots of roles that were new to me, such as camera and sound operator, as part of my college course and this has introduced me to even more jobs in the media.

“While it’s disappointing to go out of the FA Cup, especially in the manner we did, it was an amazing experience to work with the BBC and produce a match-day blog that combined my passions for Notts County, film and TV.”

Declan’s BBC vlog is on his YouTube channel, ARLukomski.