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My name’s Simon Head. I’m a freelance sports journalist with 19 years’ experience in the UK sports media industry.

I have extensive experience of managing websites, content, editorial staff and developmental projects, and am experienced at filing fast, accurate copy to deadline for digital and print platforms.

I can deliver regular written content in a variety of formats and styles: news, reports, reaction, interviews, features or opinion/comment pieces, written across a range of styles from AP to tabloid.

I’ve covered a wide range of sports from soccer to darts to grand prix motorcycle racing, and have covered major sporting events including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Olympic Games, UFC world title fights, The Grand National and The FA Cup Final.

During my career I’ve managed the digital sports desks of both a national newspaper and a national sports broadcaster, co-ordinated online coverage of World Cups and Olympic Games and content-managed the website of the world’s biggest bookmaker. I’ve worked for The Football Association, written scripts for national radio sports shows, produced commercial radio shows and co-written a best-selling stats yearbook for the Premier League.

My main sport of expertise is the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). I’ve been covering the highest level of the sport for the last nine years and have developed a strong network of contacts and a good reputation within the sport, working for national newspaper titles and broadcasters. From 2015-2017 I was the only full-time MMA-only journalist in the UK mainstream press.

Since January 2017 I’ve been running my own freelance sports writing business, and through that venture work as News Editor for ONE Championship and UFC/MMA Reporter for BBC Three as well as providing sports-based content for other outlets. I also contribute predictions and occasional event coverage to the USA Today-owned MMA outlet MMAjunkie.

If you’re looking for an experienced freelance sports journalist to provide additional content and expertise for your outlet, agency or organisation, I’d love to hear from you.