FROM early dreams of being a professional tennis player, to turning her eye to presenting and now hosting some of the biggest football shows in the country, it’s fair to say Jules Breach has done quite a bit in her still early career.

With multiple hosting roles under her belt, it appears the sky is the limit for Jules and her presenting career.

Born in Brighton, but with a childhood that harks back to the Caribbean, Jamie Walker speaks with the BT Sport presenter about her love of the city, her passion for journalism, and making sure she stays reserved on air whenever the Albion go a goal up.

“GROWING up in Jamaica they only showed Premier League football, so I never really had a chance to watch Brighton,” says BT Sport presenter and avid Seagulls fan Jules Breach.

“I lived there, with my parents, from the age of eight until I was 15.

“But it wasn’t until I moved back here and lived with my aunt, uncle and cousin, that I started going to watch Albion.”

Regular viewers of BT Sport’s flagship Saturday afternoon show BT Sport Score will be familiar with the passion Jules has for football - and in particular Brighton and Hove Albion.

Watching the 32-year-old take the reins on the programme - which rivals the Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday as a place where fans can watch scores from the Saturday afternoon fixtures come in live - it is obvious that this is a woman with sport running through her veins.

“I started watching Albion at the Withdean,” she said.

“I don’t remember my first match but I definitely remember the ground, especially the awful running track around the pitch.”

Like so many Albion fans, Jules stuck with the Seagulls throughout the Withdean years and is now over the moon to see the club she loves in the Premier League.

She said: “It’s amazing, it’s so satisfying to see us in the Premier League, knowing the history of the club and what we’ve been through.

“I know we’re in our third season now but I still can’t believe it.”

She also heaped praise on the new Seagulls boss Graham Potter.

Potter joined Albion from Swansea in the summer, and Jules sat down with him last week ahead of Brighton’s surprising 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, joking that she was “definitely” the lucky charm behind the win.

And Jules believes he will do great things at the club.

“It’s remarkable how much the team has changed,” Jules said.

“I’m a huge fan of [former manager] Chris Hughton but we needed a change.

“Potter is absolutely the man for the job. It’s been so much more fun to watch this season.”

Despite spending a large part of her childhood in Jamaica, Jules considers herself a Brighton girl at heart.

She was born in the city but moved to Mauritius until she was five.

She then came back to England and attended St Mary’s Primary School in Portslade from the age of five until her family moved to the Caribbean when she was eight.

Upon her return to Brighton at 15 she attended Cardinal Newman to do her A-levels before moving to Sussex University to do a degree in Media Studies.

And although she now lives in London, due to her work commitments, she calls Brighton home.

“I really miss being home in Brighton.

“We have a family home there so I come back whenever I can.

“I love going around the city.

“I love to eat at Red Snapper in Seven Dials and Otello in Church Road [Hove].

“Me and the girls will do brunch at Hixon Green [also in Church Road] or go for coffee near Palmeira Square.

“I try and be a bit more sophisticated nowadays, I stay away from West Street.”

But the one thing Jules always holds dearest is her love for the Albion.

As a TV presenter she says she has to come across as unbiased: “You have to restrain yourself on screen, even though most people know I’m a Brighton fan.

“Fans are passionate about their clubs, they’re part of their families, so you have to treat each club and fanbase with respect.”

But sometimes staying restrained isn’t that easy.

Jules really came into the public spotlight in November 2017, while giving updates on Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League clash with Swansea City.

Albion were 1-0 up in the match and Jules showed her excitement live on air when she thought the Seagulls had gone 2-0 ahead - only to realise the goal she was celebrating was just a replay of the first one Albion scored.

At the time she said: “Sorry, I got really excited.”

The clip did the rounds on social media and made Jules even more of a household name than she had been before - with people loving her little slip-up.

But she says those are the moments you look back on and enjoy.

“I don’t take myself too seriously,” she said.

“There’s nothing wrong with having a laugh about those things.”

Jules started her journalism career with Juice FM, Brighton’s local radio station, and nationally at jewellery station Price Drop TV.

However she wanted a career in sport presenting and took it upon herself to make it happen.

She hired a cameraman and visited sporting sites across London - including the Wimbledon tennis venue, Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge and QPR’s Loftus Road - pretending to be a sport presenter.

The video package clearly did the trick as now Jules not only works for BT but also Premier League Productions and Australia’s Optus Sport.

But things could have been very different for Jules who, early on in life, fancied a career as a professional tennis player.

She said: “When I was growing up all I wanted to do was play tennis. I was obsessed with Steffi Graf.

“In Jamaica I had a coach and would play five or six times a week.

“Coming back to England I didn’t have a coach and picked up other interests so didn’t play as much.

“I still follow tennis, and I’d love to present in the sport someday, because it was my first love, but there’s a reason for everything.

“I now understand sport more from an athlete’s point of view.”

Jules is active on social media, you can find her @julesbreach, and even has her own fantasy football league, but having herself been the subject of abuse online she says sites like Twitter and Instagram have both a positive and negative impact.

“I’ve had sexist comments directed at me online, but as sad as it is to say you just get used to it.

“It’s a part of putting myself out there on social media, you grow a thick skin.

“It’s important to try and have a positive impact on social media as well, especially because it’s such an important part of life now.”