Ben Reese

Strategic Communications Officer, Greater Manchester Talent Match

Location icon United Kingdom

Qualified and experienced primary school teacher and NCTJ qualified journalist. Former reporter with NWN Media, now member of NSPCC Press Office.

Lancaster Univeristy: BA English Literature (2:1), 2009
Bishop Grosseteste University College: PGCE, 2011
South Failsworth Primary School: Teacher, 2011-2014
University of Salford: MA Journalism (Merit), 2014-2015
Sport and news reporter for Rhyl Journal, North Wales Pioneer and North Wales Chronicle (all NWN Media), 2015-16.
NSPCC Media Executive, Midlands Press Office, 2016 - 2017
NSPCC Junior Media Officer, North of England Press Office, 2017 - present


NSPCC Press Office

Sex attacker jailed after TODDLER gives evidence in court

A sex attacker has been jailed after a two-year-old girl gave evidence in court in a landmark British case. The toddler is the youngest person in British history to give evidence in a criminal court to help convict a sex attacker.

Teachers given less than day's training in safeguarding

Trainee teachers receive less than a day's worth of training to deal with safeguarding issues, such as spotting signs of abuse, an investigation has revealed. A freedom of information request by children's charity the NSPCC, has uncovered that students spend on average less than eight hours on safeguarding training over a year-long course.

Exclusive: New teachers 'untrained to tackle safeguarding issues'

Trainee teachers are receiving less than a day's worth of training on how to tackle safeguarding issues , a new investigation reveals. A freedom of information request by the children's charity NSPCC found that students on undergraduate courses received an average of 10.5 hours of safeguarding training - equivalent to a day and a half - over a three-year or four-year course.

BBC News
Sports coach sex loophole must be closed, says NSPCC - BBC News

A "loophole" that allows sports coaches to legally have sex with 16 and 17 year olds in their care must be closed by the government, the NSPCC has said. It is already illegal for certain professionals, such as teachers and social workers, to do the same.
Men who groomed teenage girl to be a prostitute jailed for 11 years

Thomas Entwistle, 26, and Martin Cantle, 24, groomed the 17-year-old victim and even picked her up from her foster carers before turning her into a "sex slave." They persuaded the girl to work as a prostitute in the red light area of Coventry but pocketed most of the money she made.


The NSPCC and Walsall Football Club have teamed up to talk to primary school children about how to deal with and report child abuse, as part of a campaign reaching thousands of pupils in the borough. Saddlers goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and midfielder George Dobson helped to deliver the NSPCC's safety messages to Year 6 pupils at Lower Farm Primary School in Bloxwich.

Nottingham Post
TV star Esther Rantzen rides tram to raise money for Childline

TV presenter Dame Esther Rantzen took a ride on one of Nottingham's tram to raise money for Childline. The 76-year-old founded the charity, which has base in Old Basford, in 1986 after a helpline set up following a BBC TV programme she presented on child abuse was inundated with calls.

NSPCC anger at teaching assistant who performed school trip sex acts on pupil

Children's charity, the NSPCC, today spoke out after married teaching assistant was jailed for performing a string of sex acts on a schoolboy. Jill Meldrum-Jones, 37, assaulted the boy during an international flight and on a school trip after becoming "consumed with lust" and losing her grip on reality, Coventry Crown Court was told.

BBC Sport

BBC Sport
Matthew preparation 'far from ideal'

Last updated at 16:34 Nick Matthew has returned to the court as he attempts to get fit for the British Open, which starts on May 11. Britain's 34-year-old Commonwealth champion said his preparation had been "scrambled" after he injured an ankle at the El Gouna International in April.

BBC Sport
Neville aiming for netball 'stardom'

Last updated at 15:27 Manchester Thunder coach Tracey Neville hopes the Superleague can one day emulate the "stardom" of football. Reigning champions Thunder will host Hertfordshire Mavericks in the play-off semi-finals on Saturday in front of a club record 4,000-strong crowd. And Neville, the sister of ex-Manchester United duo Phil and Gary, wants the sport to continue to grow.


NWN Media Ltd

Bell commits to Lilies

Manager Gareth Owen has further bolstered his attacking options with the sigining of winger Cory Williams from Colwyn Bay, and confirmed the club will look to bring another striker in. North East raised Bell arrived at the Corbett Sports Stadium from the Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy last August and has netted eight goals in 21 appearances.

North Wales Chronicle
First Minister visits flood affected Beaumaris

FIRST Minister Carwyn Jones paid a New Year's Eve visit to Beaumaris and the A55 at Tal-y-bont to see first-hand, the effects of Storm Frank. Homes in Beaumaris were flooded for the second time in a month when the castle moat overflowed on Boxing Day.

North Wales Chronicle
Citizens' hat-trick hero Lewis brings Farrar-fervour to Nantporth

FRIDAY night saw the emergence of a new fans' favourite at Bangor City. Steve Lewis scored his first goals for the club with a dramatic match-winning hat-trick against former club Rhyl. The Old Enemy were finally put down 4-3 after taking the lead on three occasions.

North Wales Pioneer
How far can Tudno go?

MBi Llandudno's 3-0 win at Bangor City on New Year's day sealed their place in the Welsh Premier League's top six. It is a remarkable achievement by Alan Morgan's men who will head into the league's second phase in second position if they win at Bala Town (January 16).

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News
Mixed day for Britons at Didsbury

The AEGON Manchester Trophy main draw got underway at Didsbury's Northern Tennis Club yesterday.

Manchester Evening News
Man City fans upset by season ticket changes

Manchester City fans have reacted angrily to a season ticket pricing overhaul with some supporters facing price rises of almost £900. Some season ticket holders in the Colin Bell Stand have been asked to double their outlay to remain in their current seats - or switch to other parts of the ground.

Manchester Evening News
Review: Will Butler @ Deaf Institute, Manchester

Your guide to everything in Manchester Ben Reese on the Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist's solo visit to Manchester A decade has passed since Will Butler's first Manchester outing - a visit to the Academy as a multi-instrumentalist in Arcade Fire.

Official Manchester United Website

Smalling delighted by winning goal

30/09/2015 23:32, Report by Ben Reese Chris Smalling expressed his delight at scoring Manchester United's winning goal in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League. The defender found himself in space six yards out to slide in a Juan Mata flick in the second half at Old Trafford, capping the Reds' comeback after Mata's penalty had cancelled out Daniel Caligiuri's early opener.

All-time Manchester United XI vs Manchester City

11/04/2015 08:30, Report by Ben Reece Before United visited Anfield last month, we compiled an all-time Reds XI in games vs Liverpool . Now we've done the same for the Manchester derby , again basing our decisions on individual records and moments of magic against City.

Louis van Gaal: We need to be more clinical

17/05/2015 18:55, Report by Ben Reese Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted his team need to be more clinical and "finish games" after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Reds' lack of ruthlessness against the Gunners disappointed the manager, who was hoping for a victory after United took the lead through Ander Herrera's first-half volley.

McNair eager for club return after country debut

03/04/2015 09:23, Report by Ben Reese Paddy McNair is eager to return to Manchester United first-team action after making his Northern Ireland debut during the international break. The 19-year-old defender earned his first senior cap in a 1-0 friendly defeat away to Scotland and now hopes to feature as often as possible in the Reds' final eight games.

Oldham Chronicle

Oldham News | Sport News | "Heartbreaking' for Joe - Chronicle Online

Advertisement Water polo by BEN REESE OLDHAM Olympian Joe O'Regan fears for the future of his sport as he told the Chronicle: "This could be the end for the Great Britain men's water polo team." The 23-year-old from Royton, who represented his country in the 2012 London Games, is playing his league water polo for City of Manchester in the Super Fives competition.

Depleted Latics hammered by Preston A TUMULTUOUS week at Athletic ended with yet more turbulence as the home side were rocked by a heavy defeat to Preston. Caretaker manager Dean Holden's first game at the helm was a chastening experience. His depleted side failed to find a way to open up Preston and showed fragility in a reshuffled back-line.

Net gain

NETBALL In The Community are providing an invaluable service to young people across the borough.

Andrew aiming to be the main man

Advertisement A FITTON Hill man is set for a pivotal career fight in the largest Muay Thai and kickboxing event the UK has ever seen. On May 23 Andrew Lofthouse will defend his Thai Fighter UK number five ranking when he takes on the man rated just one place beneath him.

Bolton News and Bury Times

Quays News

Quays News
Failsworth Listed Building pub faces closure

A 300-year-old Failsworth pub is nearing closure after brewers Marston's put the building up for sale saying they "couldn't wait to get it off their hands." The Pack Horse Inn, Wrigley Head, Failsworth, is a Grade II Listed Building built in the early 1700s.

Quays News
Nick Matthew wins AJ Bell British Grand Prix

Matthew (right) proved too strong all-round for Mathieu Castagnet Nick Matthew recorded his 30th PSA Tour title after a comfortable 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 victory over eighth seed Mathieu Castagnet in the final of the AJ Bell British Grand Prix.

Quays News
Nick Matthew wins record breaking seventh National Championship

Daryl Selby (green) was forced to chase for much of the final Ben Reese at the National Squash Centre, [email protected]_reese_sport Certain British sporting achievements would appear preordained. Andy Murray will make the second week of Wimbledon. Tony McCoy will win Champion Jockey of the year and in February; Nick Matthew will be crowned British National Squash Champion.

Quays News
Tracey Neville hopes Superleague semi-final will reel in fans

Manchester Thunder coach Tracey Neville flanked by Sarah Bayman (left) and Chelsea Pitman PHIL Neville has a big decision to make on Saturday evening. Does he watch his beloved Manchester United take on Chelsea, or, does he forego Premier League action and plump for watching twin sister Tracey and her Manchester Thunder charges in a netball Superleague semi-final?

Quays News
Michael Carrick - Euro 2016 selection requires hitherto absent serendipity

Although Mr Consistent, have Carrick's own mini-dips lead to squad ommissions? MICHAEL Carrick's international football career was this weekend described as "an enduring mystery" by Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph. James Robson at the Manchester Evening News suggested he has been "criminally overlooked." But why is this the case?

Quays News
Ashton beat the weather to climb up the table

ASHTON United took advantage of postponements elsewhere in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, as they moved up to fourth with a 3-1 home win over struggling Nantwich. The Cheshire side slip to 19th after Stamford's 3-2 win at Belper Town and despite a bright opening, they faded badly after the break.

Late Salford equaliser salvages draw

An 89 minute Paul Linwood header was tipped onto the Mossley bar as Salford went in search of a late winner. Salford had lead at half-time courtesy of defender Lee Neville but were trailing by the 61 minute after goals from Mossley's Andrew Keogh and Sam Robinson.

VIDEO: The Guardian's William Fotheringham on Chris Froome

CONTRARY to the prevailing train of thought, The Guardian's William Fotheringham says he would be 'astonished' if Chris Froome did not ride next year's Tour de France. The route for the 2015 tour was unveiled on Wednesday, revealing a race short on time-trial distance.

Fast start sets FC up for four

A crushing 4-0 victory over lowly Witton Albion saw FC United of Manchester move up to sixth place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. The most blistering of opening exchanges meant United were 3-0 up after 8 minutes after a Matthew Wolfenden brace and a Luke Ashworth header rattled a shaky Albion defence.


Vertical Limit

ASLAN resplendent, destinies 'written in the stars' and a soundtrack lifted from a Matrix face-off: Sky Sports' football coverage sets pulses racing and imaginations soaring. It also provides the perpetual sardonic with sumptuous opportunities for cynical comment. This time it's the graphics team in the petri-dish (as opposed to the flying-saucer Sky no doubt houses...


Young British squash prospects may not be fulfilling their potential because of their struggles to earn a living from the sport when they enter the senior game. Having failed last year to gain entry into the 2020 Olympics, squash retains a low profile. Perceived to not lend itself well to television coverage, Squash loses out...

In the Red Corner...

As a Premier League football fan, there are few sites more fist-clenchingly annoying. Your team's second corner in immediate succession fails to beat the first man. Howling with expletive laden derision you condemn the taker to the heavens. On another day, a late flurry of errant deliveries would pass unnoticed.

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