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Achievements

Here, you will find a list of my career achievements, broken down by year.

2020 - aged 25

  • Appeared live on talkSPORT, the world's largest sports radio station, previewing an FA Cup 3rd round tie between Watford and Tranmere Rovers.

2019 - aged 25

  • Won contracts totalling 4 years and £750,000 in value while bid writing for Hill Dickinson.
  • Won first international contract through tendering for Hill Dickinson, successfully bidding for legal services work with an Abu Dhabi oil company. 
  • Presented awards at South Wirral Upper School Presentation Evening as a special guest speaker. You can read my keynote speech here.
  • Helped organise and operate TEDx Liverpool, an independently organised conference under the famous TED Talks umbrella.
  • Gained a number of marketing agency clients, contributing paid SEO content writing and other services.
  • Appeared on the first episode of PAPYRUS Hopecast, discussing my battles with suicidal ideation and how the charity helped me. 
  • Appeared on This is Tranmere, an independent fan podcast, promoting my book and website.
  • Held a successful book signing event at Prenton Park, meeting many Tranmere Rovers fans who enjoy my work. 
  • Launched Planet Prentonia merchandise.
  • Appeared on Radio City Talk to analyse Tranmere Rovers.
  • Appeared on BBC Radio Merseyside, promoting Planet Prentonia and discussing my mental health journey.
  • Interviewed John Hassall of The Libertines for The Mind Map.
  • Featured by The Wirral Globe, promoting my book and telling my story of mental health problems.
  • Wrote and published Planet Prentonia: The Real Story of Tranmere Roversavailable now on Amazon.
  • Rebranded and relaunched Planet Prentonia as a blog under the ryanferguson.co.uk brand.
  • Featured by MLB.com in an article about the most passionate baseball fans in Britain.
  • Interviewed by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, appeared in a feature story about the most committed baseball fans in Britain.
  • Attended the MLB London Series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Had a chance to network with heroes from my baseball obsessed youth.
  • Began working with The Mind Map, a mental health charity based in Liverpool. I help the organisation with SEO and content marketing.
  • Gained HubSpot certification in Content Marketing and SEO.
  • Completed my first 10k, raising more than £400 for PAPYRUS.
  • Began working with the marketing department of Hill Dickinson LLP, a commercial law firm with offices in England, Greece, Hong Kong, Singapore and Monaco.
  • Launched ryanferguson.co.uk, a central home for my work and community outreach goal. This marked my transition from corporate employment to focusing on my own business objectives.

2018 - aged 24

  • Promoted to executive Commercial Director of North Star Environmental.
  • Won contracts totalling 16 years and £1.2 million in value while leading the bid writing team at North Star Environmental.
  • Managed a 4.4% year-on-year growth in commercial sales at North Star Environmental between 2017-2018.
  • Acted as client relationship manager for illustrious council and university clients at North Star Environmental.
  • Attained IOSH Managing Safely qualification.
  • Wrote the season ticket brochure for Tranmere Rovers, generating a historic rise in sales.
  • Implemented an Employee Assistance Programme at North Star Environmental.
  • Established the first Human Resources department in the history of North Star Environmental.

2017 - aged 23

  • Won contracts totalling 40 years and £3.7 million as bid manager at North Star Environmental.
  • Promoted to Commercial Manager of North Star Environmental.
  • Led expansion of North Star Environmental into Northern Ireland, recruiting a regional manager and establishing an office in Belfast.
  • Took responsibility for elements of recruitment at North Star Environmental.
  • Provided research consultancy services to BT Sport prior to a Tranmere Rovers playoff match broadcast live by the network.
  • Wrote a landmark piece previewing Tranmere Rovers' National League playoff campaign. A Time for Glory was shared by the club owners, praised by historic legends, and read to the squad by manager Micky Mellon prior to a match.
  • Led North Star Environmental into the realm of digital marketing.
  • Delivered a full corporate film for North Star Environmental.
  • Delivered a new website for North Star Environmental ahead of time and under budget. I liaised with key stakeholders on the design, while writing all content myself.
  • Launched the first social media accounts in North Star Environmental history.
  • Attained UKATA Asbestos Awareness accreditation.
  • Headhunted by the owner of North Star Environmental to serve as the company's Media Manager.

2016 - aged 22

2015 - aged 21

  • Published by the Montreal Gazette, writing about the Canadiens and NHL.
  • Syndicated by the Vancouver Sun. 
  • Became a Major League Baseball feature writer for The Guardian.
  • Launched Planet Prentonia, a digital enterprise telling the real story of Tranmere Rovers.
  • Became a professional feature writer for The Lake magazine.
  • Joined Yawkey Way Report as a professional Red Sox blogger and magazine feature writer.
  • Joined Love Wirral magazine as their professional Tranmere Rovers reporter.

2014 - aged 20

  • Completed FA Level 1 course in football coaching.
  • Became a Major League Baseball columnist for FanSided.
  • Published by the Southern Daily Echo, writing about Ronald Koeman becoming Southampton manager.
  • Joined Football Oranje as a staff writer, mainly covering PSV and the Dutch national team.
  • Published by Cubs Insider, writing about the Chicago Cubs.
  • Published by Late Tackle magazine.
  • Published by Football Weekends magazine.
  • Became a voluntary product tester for Unilever, participating in consumer research projects.

2013 - aged 19

  • Award-winning article about baseball in Britain published by SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research.
  • Won the British Baseball Writing Award as the leading writer on that sport in the United Kingdom.
  • Became a qualified driver, gaining a full UK Driving License.
  • Interviewed Gabe Kapler, a World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox.
  • Secured a place to study Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, but developed a freelance career in the meantime, foregoing extra studies for professional advancement.
  • Gained three A-Levels at South Wirral VI Form, studying English Literature, Philosophy & Ethics and IT.
  • Completed a work experience placement within a local Liberal Democrat press office.

2012 - aged 18

  • Joined the media department of Tranmere Rovers on a voluntary basis, writing content for the award-winning matchday programme.
  • Became a columnist for GUAR, the leading Tranmere Rovers fanzine.
  • Began blogging about baseball more regularly.
  • Covered Euro 2012 on a personal football blog.

2011 - aged 17

  • Covered the AA North Division as a beat reporter for the British Baseball Federation.
  • Gained 11 GCSEs from South Wirral High School, inclusive of 1A*, 2A, 6B and 2C.

2010 - aged 16

  • Achieved an A* grade in GCSE English Language twelve months early, completing the course with unprecedented skill.
  • Named South Wirral Upper School English Champion in recognition of excellent performance in that subject.

2009 - aged 15

  • Became chief Tranmere Rovers reporter for the South Wirral school website.
  • Named South Wirral Lower School French Champion as the best-performing student in that subject.

2008 - aged 14

  • Wrote an unpublished book, 799 pages in length, chronicling the 2008 Boston Red Sox.
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