|Soccer Solutions is based in Cape Town and is run by Anthony McLennan.
Soccer Solutions specialises in providing soccer copy, including website updating, match reports, interviews
and press conference coverage. Our intimate and expert knowledge of South African soccer enables us to produce high
Anthony freelances for Kick Off magazine and Kick Off website, BackPagePix (contracted to the
SuperSoccer.co.za, MTNFootball website and the official Premier Soccer League website), The South African Press Association
(SAPA) and the Football365.co.za website, The Times newspaper, and has designed, and maintains, the
official AmaZulu, Santos and Maritzburg United websites.
He has previously been employed as a technical analyst for top PSL club Moroka Swallows and also worked
for three years as the editor of the PSL, Ajax Cape Town and Moroka Swallows websites.
He has also worked closely with the South African Football Players Union, and designed websites for
First Division outfit Vasco Da Gama, Second Division side Clyde Pinelands and the now defunct Raiders FC.
During his six years in the South African soccer industry, Anthony has built up an excellent network of
soccer players, managers, administrators and fans.
1. Ian Smit – Cape Times Sports Editor ( 082-4920279, 021-4884631, email@example.com )
Anthony McLennan wrote a number of soccer articles for the Cape Times during a two-week period in 2008. I was most impressed with the quality of his work. He writes with skill and authority on the game of football, and his command of the English language is first-class. He was also a pleasure to deal with, and his copy was filed timeously. I have no hesitation in warmly recommending him for any position he may apply for.
Sincerely, Ian Smit
2. Archie Henderson – The Times Sports Editor ( 082-493-4715, 011-340-9420, firstname.lastname@example.org )
Anthony McLennan worked for The Times as a freelance football reporter in Cape Town from the paper's inception in June 2007 until early 2009. Because of the economic downturn and cost-cutting at The Times, the arrangement had to be terminated, albeit reluctantly. During his time as the Cape Town football correspondent for The Times, Anthony proved to be a reliable and accurate reporter of matches as well as revealing good writing skills. The Times was sorry to end his services and is indeed poorer for the lack of them. I would not hesitate to recommend Anthony for any position in the field of sports journalism.
Archie Henderson, Sports Editor, The Times
3. Neil Greig, Kick Off Editor (email@example.com, 083 293 4183)
Anthony has always used passion and therefore Kick Off uses him for our Cape Town match reports. He’s readily available and willing to put in the effort and submit quality copy, which is the benchmark at Kick Off magazine.
He has also learnt that in today’s market, reporters need to write with a magazine and online cap on. Anthony regularly contributes website news articles and has provided more in-depth profiles for our magazine.
4. Anthony Pascoe, Sunday Media Managing Editor ( firstname.lastname@example.org 083 406 5666)
This serves to confirm that Sunday Media employed Anthony McLennan on a full time basis for a year in 2005-06. Subsequent to that we have made extensive use of his services on a freelance basis.
Anthony’s writing skills are top class and his understanding of and passion for South African soccer always shines through in his work. His knowledge of the local game is second to none and his broad variety of contacts have added value to Sunday Media’s football department.
I believe that Anthony has a bright future in the local soccer media and would be an asset to any company.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.
Anthony Pascoe, Managing Editor, Sunday Media
5. Nick Said (0832722948) :Former Operations Manager at 365, now Managing Editor at Kick Off Magazine
Anthony McLennan joined 365 Digital Publishing in January 2003, tasked with taking the company’s newly-founded South African soccer offering forward.
Anthony proved to be a hard-worker, whose passion for the subject matter shone through. His diligence and attention to detail are perhaps two of his greatest assets, and it was these attributes that quickly saw him handed sole leadership of the four South African soccer websites under 365’s wing.
He handled the added responsibility with maturity and proved exceptionally reliable in this regard. I am convinced Anthony has a bright future in journalism, and he would be a welcome addition to any publication.
6. Gavin Smith (082 379 1700) :Former News Room Manager at 365, now employed as Content Manager by Engen.
Anthony is a talented journalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of South African football. Working alongside him, he always displayed an exceptionally high level of professionalism and a meticulous eye for detail. Anthony will be an extremely valuable addition to any newsroom.
> Match reporter for ‘The Times’ daily newspaper
> Journalist and match reporter for Kick Off magazine and website
> Journalist and match reporter for BackPagePix (contracted to SuperSport.co.za and PSL.co.za websites)
> Journalist and match reporter for the Football365.co.za website
> Web developer and webmaster for the AmaZulu FC website
> Web developer and webmaster for the Engen Santos FC website
> Web developer and webmaster for the Maritzburg United FC website
Previous soccer-related work experience
> June – December 2007 – Worked at Onside Consulting as a Technical Analyst for Moroka Swallows Football Club. (see www.onside.co.za)
> Jan 2003 – December 2005 : 365 Digital. Worked o n all aspects of the PSL, Moroka Swallows, Ajax Cape Town and SASoccer365 websites.
Duties included liasing with managers, players, staff and readers, editing stories, writing stories, the taking of
and editing of photographs, as well as the updating of fixtures, results and league tables.
I also managed a team of ‘live-scorers’ around the country which we used to supply sms content.