#RYG17 – Max Rushden Q&A
Following yesterday’s Q&A with Rehsmin Chowdhury, today is the turn of her co-host Max Rushden to talk ahead of Raise Your Game, which is taking place on Monday 24 April 2017.
Max is a presenter on The Fantasy Football Club on Sky Sports and for talkSPORT radio as well. He took time to speak with Kick It Out to take a light-hearted look at his career to date, both on and off the pitch, while he spoke candidly about why he feels it’s important to support the organisation.
Hi Max, please can you give our readers a brief on your career to date?
I did a history degree. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I quite liked talking and sitting about. Then I snuck my way into local radio at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – and got to read the sports news one-day cause someone was ill.
I spent four years there and ended up setting the World Record for the longest ever radio show for Children In Need (six days in a shopping centre – quantity not quality).
From there I went to BBC London and tried to impress Danny Baker a lot. Eventually I got the breakfast show because they ran out of famous people, I then got taken off that because I wasn’t famous.
I then sent a show reel to everyone. Everyone ignored it. Sky Sports didn’t – I met the bosses, chatted about Cambridge United for a couple of hours and got the Soccer AM job.
From then I panicked for two months but did it for seven years. I then went to Fantasy Football Club. I now sit on a bench next to Paul Merson and Rachel Riley talking about football and I talk out loud on talkSPORT with an Irishman.
What is your footballing experience?
Captain, manager, ageing target man for Polytechnic 4s in the Southern Amateur League Junior Division 4. At the time of writing we could get promoted. At the time of reading, we probably won’t be.
You have agreed to become an ambassador for Kick It Out. Why is it important to you to represent the organisation?
I don’t like discrimination. Of any sort. In football, or in society. So Kick It Out seems like a sensible thing to support. Anyone who plays or goes to football knows how much work there is to do to encourage equality of all kinds in the game.
Did you have the kind of opportunities, advice and support when you were making your way in the industry?
I do a lot of talks about getting into the media, and really my advice is really simple. Look at your dream job, whatever it is, go for it. Someone has to do it, why not you?