Alex Waite

Freelance sports writer with experience writing digital news, blogs, features, exlcusive interviews and SEO, evergreen articles.

On the whistle match reports for and Sportsbeat. Exlcusive features for Fansided, Pickles, Futbolista, and the Grassroots Post. 

Keen interest and knowledge of UK and European football, ATP and WTA tennis, cricket and boxing. 

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Serena Williams' Retirement One Year On: Motherhood, Business & More

Serena Williams' emotional retirement at the 2022 US Open closed the curtain on a once-in-a-generation career.

Throughout her playing days, which lasted over 20 years, Williams won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, and she is regarded as one of the best-ever tennis players of all time. Yet, like all of the sporting greats, the time eventually comes to make way, and this moment arose for Serena at Flushing Meadows last season when she lost against Ajla Tomljanovic in the US Open third round.


Jamie Young: Brisbane, Berkshire, Brendan, And Back

A life in goalkeeping that took one man to the other side of the world and back…

Like many young Australians, Jamie Young loved playing sports. After being raised in a strict Brisbane household by a Scottish father and a Sri Lankan mother, Young had firm boundaries from a young age. There were no house parties and excessive socialising was off the cards. But this firm grounding, along with a love of football, gave Young the focus, determination and diligence to pursue a professional football ca

In Search For The Industry, We Lost The Product

Live football has given me some of my most cherished experiences.

I remember my first-ever football match in 1999 – Crystal Palace vs Grimsby on a chilly autumn afternoon at Selhurst Park. Aged eight, I only knew some of the Palace players at the time and, honestly, I don’t even remember the score. What I remember more strikingly is being in absolute awe of my surroundings. As my dad and I climbed the concrete steps to our seats midway up the Main Stand, one of my first observations was one of

Djokovic and Alcaraz Set For Tense Number 1 Battle in Grass Season

ATP world number one Novak Djokovic can retain top spot in the rankings if successful at Wimbledon, but number two Carlos Alcaraz is likely to provide a tough challenge.

Even after the 2023 Wimbledon, Djokovic can retain the number one spot in the ATP Rankings. However, Alcaraz could head into Wimbledon as the number one seed as he prepares to participate in the ATP 500 Queens event for the first time this year.

If Alcaraz is successful at Queens, he could temporarily overtake Djokovic, who is

Serie A Transfer Market Stories: Zico's Sensational Move to Udinese

In the late 1970s and early 80s, Zico was a global sensation and his move to Udinese in 1983 sparked bewilderment across the globe.

The small Brazilian was a renowned set piece taker, creator, and visionary, often operating in the number 10 role. Referred to as the “White Pele”, Zico made over 200 appearances for Brazilian side Flamengo before moving to Udine. Also, he played at two World Cups and won South American footballer of the year in 1977, 1981, and 1982.

Zico had the world at his feet

How Do Different Sports Help Goalkeepers Develop?

Some of the world’s best goalkeepers have benefitted from playing multiple sports to a high standard.

From world-renown names to regional heroes, goalkeepers past and present have drawn on a plethora of different sports to improve their performance, and often excelled in them before or after life in professional football.

The only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or, former Soviet Union player Lev Yashin played bandy and ice hockey for his country. Former Chelsea and Czech Republic goalkeeper Pe

Women's boxing in the UK: A brief history - Reader's Digest

Women’s boxing in the UK can be traced back to London in the early 18th century. Informal, bare-knuckle fights often took place on the streets of London in the 1700s and all-female contests were also documented.

The first-ever record of a female boxer was Londoner Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, known at the time as the “European Championess” of boxing.

Despite women’s involvement in the sport throughout its history, barriers were eventually created to prevent participation in modern times.


Why Are There So Few Female Goalkeeper Coaches?

Over 95% of teams in the top four tiers of English football and the top two in Wales and Scotland last season had male goalkeeper coaches coaching female players.

Jim Hepworth, goalkeeper coach at London Bees and the Women’s Army team looked into the topic as part of his MSc Sports Performance dissertation at Stirling University.

He found that over 95% of teams in the top four tiers of English football and the top two in Wales and Scotland last season had male goalkeeper coaches coaching femal

Re-living Canada's 1986 World Cup Campaign —

Reflect on Canada’s World Cup Campaign in 1986 Canada qualified for their only ever football World Cup finals in 1986. Despite initial success and jubilation, the team experienced challenging preparations. The decline of US soccer before the 1986 World Cup in Mexico gave the Canucks a near impossible task to be competitive in the competition. Then, Tony Waiters’ side faced one of the toughest draws in the group stage to further their against-all-odds chances of success.

However, the experience

Coaching, Cage Football And Casual Practice: Exploring Routes Into Goalkeeping

Many urban footballers in the UK develop their technical skills whilst playing casual matches in the local cages and small-sided pitches. Does this hamper goalkeeper development?

These tight spaces, within the high rises and traffic, provide essential footballing areas for players who may not have opportunities to practice elsewhere.

The importance of cage football and casual games in developing the technical skills of outfield players has been well documented in recent years. Some current Pre

A new era for stadium food and sustainability

Sports teams are reducing their carbon footprint in the name of sustainability. Changing the food they serve in stadiums is a big piece of the puzzle.

Internationally, millions of sports fans travel to stadiums each year. This season, as the world tries to wrestle back some normality following the Covid-19 pandemic, the numbers of soccer supporters heading to live matches are booming as record-high numbers attended in person.

While there are huge benefits for the entire soccer world when fans

When Eagles Dare: Crystal Palace’s ‘legacy piece’

Every football club has a story to tell. Whether it’s the constant quest for greatness behind the scenes at Pep Guardiola’s Man City, or a painful downward spiral of AFC Sunderland and its impact on the city, the ins and outs of football clubs make for great entertainment.

Many football club stories have been told through the sports docuseries medium in recent seasons. Unprecedented access for camera crews has allowed access to players, coaches, backroom staff and owners from pre-season to the

The Devon Triangle

Football is the secondary sport in Devon. The formation and growth of three professional football teams (Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Torquay United) lagged behind other clubs across the UK.

Plymouth Argyle didn’t become a professional club until 1903, Exeter, 1901, and Torquay, 1921. By comparison, the Exeter Chiefs, the region’s biggest sport team, formed in 1871.

The Devon footballing trio spent their formative years playing in local and regional leagues. Argyle and Exeter joined the Football League Third Division as founder members in 1920. Twenty-two years after the Football League was established and featured 12 clubs from the Midlands and North of England.

Madison Hammond is blazing a new path for American soccer

Madison Hammond is the first Native American woman to play in the NWSL. She’s working hard to make sure she’s just the first in a long line. A 22-year culmination of hard work and passion came to a head for Madison Hammond on Sept. 26, 2020. She took to the field as a second-half substitute for OL Reign and became the first Native American female soccer player to play in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Family, coaches, friends and culture all influenced Hammond’s rise from playing for

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