Copyright: Vaishali Bhardwaj

Copyright: Vaishali Bhardwaj


Vaishali Bhardwaj is an experienced sports writer and broadcaster whose work in English, Spanish and French football saw her shortlisted for the Football Media Award at the 2012 Asian Football Awards.

Vaishali works as a Digital Sports Reporter for The London Evening Standard, focusing on Chelsea Football Club, and London Live TV.

She has previously written for Sky News, BBC Sport, The Guardian, The Times, Metro Sport and Goal International among others and has presented and produced football shows for the likes of BBC Asian Network, talkSPORT, French Football Weekly and Beyond the Pitch.

She has also appeared on BBC London Radio 94.9, Australian FOX Sports TV and Sony TV Asia.

Vaishali graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Microbiology at Imperial College London before deciding to pursue a career in sports journalism.

To contact Vaishali about prospective opportunities or media appearances, any content that appears on these pages, or if you have a query about advertising your business on the site, please leave a message on her official Facebook page, send her a tweet via her official Twitter page or simply leave a comment here.


Vaishali has many interests outside of her job – one of which is music. She listens to everything from classical music to dance and RnB. She also plays the viola and spent 10 years playing in three different orchestras and singing in a choir.

Vaishali is also a fitness fan and loves running, cycling and swimming and is an avid goer to the gym.

Aside from these interests, she loves movies – with some of her favourite films including the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Rocky franchises – and reading books.

40 Responses »

  1. Rite$h says:

    cool reviews on all the games, keep up the good work ;)

  2. Muddassir Hussain says:

    Hello Vaishali,

    I am currently studying my AS Levels at sixth form and I am looking to become a sports journalist/broadcaster, having read your blogs I am extremely impressed with your work, your analysis is very accurate and on this basis I would like to ask you for some advice. As mentioned above, I am looking to follow in a similar carear to yours, however I don’t understand how to get work experience in places like BBC, if you could give me some advice I will be greatly pleased.

    Thank You
    Muddassir Hussain ( A huge Los Blancos fan)

    • Hi Muddassir

      Thanks for your comment. I am always ready and willing to give advice to any budding journalists – I will send you an email with some tips that hopefully will help!

      Keep on reading and leaving comments as I am interested in reading what you think on some of the topics I write about especially concerning Real Madrid as I see you are a fan!

  3. Muddassir Hussain says:

    Viashali, I am very greatful that you replied to my post, however you mentioned that you sent me some tips for guidance, but I haven’t recieved it yet, if it’s not too much trouble could you please re-send it to the email address below,

    BTW, how good was that performance against Zaragoza, Gonzalo Higuain on his way to the Pichichi,

    Kind Regards
    Muddassir Hussain

    • I have now re-sent the email to you – not sure why it didn’t send in the first place, but hope the advice helps.

      Yes the match was definitely a thrilling one – Higuain has been one of my favourite players for some time now and I could see a few seasons back that he would become a great player – he just keeps getting better and better! Got a new blog coming up on the match later on today so watch out for that!

  4. hello, i took your advice and created a blog, I am getting there slowly but it’s quite hard to get used to at. If you could invite me as a contact, as i am not sure how to at the moment.

  5. Hello Viashali,

    Hope you had a good christmas. I am writing to you asking if you know any developments or truth in the story that Real want to sign Man United’s Vidic and Chelsea’s Ivanovic.

    Happy New Year


  6. Hey Muddassir

    Thanks for the New Year wishes – happy New Year to you too, hope you have a good one.

    Well certainly reports here in England and in Spain seem to suggest that Real want to buy Vidic in the summer transfer window with Manchester United looking to perhaps buy Bruno Alves from Porto as a replacement. The Times and The Sun both did stories on it yesterday and Marca, the Spanish sports newspaper, did a front page story on it in yesterday’s edition.

    There have been rumours circulating for some time that Vidic wants to leave England although he has denied this but I think if Ferguson can get a replacement for the player, we may see him leave in the summer as Real will want to boost their defensive options. In terms of Ivanovic, I am not so sure Chelsea would want to part with any of their players this season especially with their title hopes, especially in the January transfer window.

    I hope that goes someway to answering your question! I am sure many of these stories will be surfacing soon now that the transfer window is open so I will keep an eye on it and let you know of any more developments.

  7. Lilo says:

    Hola! So you are a journalist in England? Which of the football leagues do you write about? Only the Primera Liga?

  8. Adam says:

    Hi Vaishali,

    I would also be keen to receive the tips you mentioned in the comment above,would this be possible?


  9. Phillip Jones says:

    Lilo – I think she writes about English, Spanish and from what I can see from her tweets, French football too :)

  10. Jonny Silver says:

    Hi Vaishali

    I tried to find an email address for you but had no luck so thought i’d send you a message on here. You’ve written quite a few articles for us on Four Four Two which have been fantastic. It would be great if you could drop me a line on to explore further ways of working together over the course of the season


    Jonny Silver
    Communications Exec
    Absolute Radio

  11. Pav Gill says:

    Hi Vaishali,

    I am a Broadcasting and Journalism student at university and I have always hoped to have a career as a sports journalist. I came across your blog and it has inspired me even more. However, I can’t seem to find any work experience placements.
    I would really appreciate any advice or help you could give me.

    Kind regards


  12. Parvinder Gill says:


    Yeah it’s

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Kind Regards


  13. thegeeman says:

    Keep up the good work. I always liked your blogs.I have a new home

  14. Kishan Parmar says:

    Hi Vaishali,

    It’s fantastic to see all the great you are doing in Football and sports media and also setting up the website for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. That cannot have been a simple task!

    I am setting up a Careers day for the asian community im involved in and would love for you to come and speak to the youngsters as you are the best in your field. Could I request you email me so I can send you further correspondance if this is something you would be interseted in doing?

    My E-Mail address is

    Kind regards,

    Kishan Pamarar

  15. Alice Delano says:

    Fantastic article post. Cool.

  16. Hi Vaishali,

    I’m a recent Sports journalism masters graduate and like many in the country, struggling for work.

    Any suggestions or tips you could provide for bagging work or freelance work would be really appreciated.


  17. Sam Rowntree says:


    Was wondering if you would be interested in appearing on a world cup tv show for bloomberg Africa, please send me an email if so on sam.rowntree[at]

  18. Antony David says:

    Hats off for your wonderful reports.Football is my passion and I just want to get associated,with it so,I was thinking of becoming a free lance sports reporter ,can you help me,with some tips?

  19. Beat Girl says:

    Hi Vaishali,

    The London Rockin’ Rollers are a female, London based roller derby League. we have various bouts coming up in London over the next few months. we wanted to invite you to attend an event or a training session if you’d be interested in featuring our sport in any upcoming projects or features you may have?

    Please email:
    Check us out on YouTube:

    Beat Girl

  20. Samuel says:

    Hello Vaishali,am Samuel from Nigeria,just got to know you after reading your post on the song initiation of Fabregas, Costa, and Luis all of whom are Chelsea players. Please,I would love to recieving latest news on my mails. If possible,here is my address. Thank you.

    • Vaishali says:

      Hi Samuel,

      If you subscribe to my website and also follow Metro Sport on Twitter, you will be kept up to date with the latest news!

      Thanks for getting in touch.


  21. Vikram Jain says:

    Hi Vaishali,

    Reading through your profile, it really is tremendous what all you have achieved.
    I am working in marketing in FMCG industry (after completing studies in Paris). I have been looking to get into sports industry – journalism/sports marketing. But with degree in a different field, it has been a challenge for me to get information as to what all may I do to break into this field. And then I see that you did your studies in Bachelor of Science and managed to make such a delightful career in sports journalism.
    If it is possible, may I have your email id to get some tips and advice as to how best I may hone my approach to break into the industry ?

  22. Jitin Joshi says:

    Hey Vaishali,
    Its impressive to see the span of your hobbies,albeit your nous for soccer.
    Actually i have just graduated in Enginnering & i think i have a tiff with soccer,a gut feeling that i can excel with some experienced one like you.
    So,if you can help me with a career in sports journalism,maybe posting articles on soccer blogs,it will be great.
    Kind regards

  23. Reisse Miller says:

    Hi Vaishali,

    I am currently studying at University but I want to change my career and be a sports Journalist.

    Do you have any tips or advice on how to start/break into Sports Journalism.

    Kind regards

    Reisse Miller

  24. Justan Roberts says:

    You’re beautiful, you talk about football, you love star wars and Rocky…. You’re perfect!! ;-)
    Great report about Spurs new signing Fazio, very helpful as I didn’t really know much about him. Thanks

    • Vaishali says:

      Hi Justan,

      Thank you for the kind words!

      I’m glad that you liked my piece on Fazio. It’s always good to hear positive feedback on my work. Cheers for getting in touch.


  25. Arun says:

    Dear Vaishali,

    I redirected here after reading an article you wrote on Metro Sport. I have to say, the content of all your articles are quite fascinating in that they expose many intruiging plots which go on behind the scenes at the BPL clubs.

    A lot of info can be found on footballers’ twitter feeds but we don’t really have time to check on them all, so we rely on you to do this for us. Thank you, you’re a good journalist and your prose is well written.

    Add me on Gmail if you want, I’d love to have you as a contact. I’ve worked as an editor and PR writer for an education-technology company, and if you need any help in writing anything up or finding information about something, I have some free time so don’t mind helping you out if you need it.

    Kind regds,


  26. Bruno says:

    Hi Vaishali

    I’m a French journalist and I Could read some of your articles, you’re absolutely brilliant. I’m currently working on a focus article about Eden Hazard, could you be interested to share some views ?
    My Twitter is @BrunoAhoyo. Please let me know.
    Kind wishes,
    Bruno AHOYO

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