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My main specialisms are sports and data journalism while also having previously covered lifestyle, technology and local news in which my articles have received bylines in Mirror Sport, Express.co.uk, Birmingham Updates and more.

I love to cover all sorts of sports which include motorsport, Gaelic games, tennis, rugby union and so much more. Whatever the sporting event is, I’m able to convey the atmosphere of the event through the content I produce.

While freelancing for other outlets, I also run Snooker Data Junkie, a blog dedicated to producing data stories around snooker.

Editorial Samples

Skinny Oat Latte please! Some of the best vegetarian and vegan coffee shops to help your productivity – Birmingham Updates

Where’s the vinyl? The hidden gems of Birmingham’s record shops – Birmingham Updates

Which WWE Superstars are the most successful in WrestleMania main events? -Mirror Sport

EXCLUSIVE – Government Awards £500m Data Centre Contract without Competitive Tender as Brexit Looms – Computer Business Review

I also design data visualisations and infographics in Tableau, Datawrapper and Infogram, as well as self-shooting and editing video content on my mobile through my own YouTube channel.

“Umar has many qualities but one has stood out for me, it has been evident from the first day I met him that he genuinely cares about other people. I have seen him take responsibility and volunteer and be willing to help others and would be an asset in team based environments.” – Dave Rooke – Head of Content Services at Sky UK

“Umar has been very enthusiastic with his work and keen to make the most of the opportunity with theCheckeredFlag.co.uk.

“He has understood the values we represent at TCF and fitted in with our house style quickly.”  – Vince Pettit – Editor-in-Chief of theCheckeredFlag.co.uk

If you would like more information about Umar, his experience and how to get in touch with him for new opportunities or a chat, you can contact him via the contact me page as well as accessing his up-to-date CV.