I’ve just returned from Paris, where I spent a month working on the Women’s World Cup for HBS. I was producing, scripting and voicing preview features, so my knowledge of the teams and players grew reasonably quickly.
The tournament was clearly a major breakthrough for the women’s game, but perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay was that it felt no different to any other major competition I’ve worked on. For instance, I saw two games at Parc des Princes – South Africa v China, which was terrible, and Scotland v Argentina, which was dramatic, controversial and extremely entertaining. So, a mixed bag – just like a men’s World Cup.
Here’s an edit of some of the features I produced. It was good to be involved with the whole process, rather than just adding the voice at the end.
It’s time for a holiday now, and then it will be the new football season and of course, the Rugby World Cup. I’ll be working on daily highlights shows for IMG.
At the start of the year, I kept myself busy with my usual bookings – EFL Highlights for Quest at IMG, Premiership and European rugby for Channel 5, BT Sport and News UK and a relatively new gig, working on Serie A Highlights. As soon as the football season ended, I spent the rest of May voicing County Cricket highlights for the ECB.
This is traditionally my busiest time of the year and 2018 was no different. I worked on BT Sport’s Champions League highlights shows every 2 (or 3) weeks, provided voiceover for UEFA’s Europa League coverage at Input Media and also enjoyed the UEFA Nations League much more than I expected to. I voiced various preview and review shows at IMG, and a tournament that I’d dismissed as irrelevant and far too complicated turned out to be really engaging and worthwhile, and not just because England fared well. Further proof, if it were needed, of how little I know.
As well as all that football, I also worked as a commentator and reporter on Premiership rugby for BT Sport, Channel 5 and News UK.