Sunday 5th June
Well, when I say my off season I am referring to me being handed my weekends back as Guernsey FC’s season in the Ryman Isthmian League Division 1 South ended in late April. Their end of season awards were held last weekend with 14 of my videos going down a storm. So finally I can hang up my footy boots so to speak and archive all of my footage recorded from last season, and begin to think what I can do to enhance the coverage for spectators and fans watching the footage online and how the match analysis provided to the team can be even more beneficial.
Luckily the next season doesn’t start till late July with the club playing their first friendly games at Footes Lane before their regular league games are to kick off in mid August. Guernsey FC seemed to take up most of my weekends, and don’t get me wrong I loved every minute of it, even getting up at 5.30am some Saturdays to make those dreaded long journeys to away grounds on the South coast. However now that I have my weekends back I have considerably more time which I can dedicate to my other commitments.
I currently serve as the secretary to the Ray Lowe Sporting Foundation, and have been picking up on a few more news stories where we have been able to provide support to up and coming sports stars which I publish on their website and social media pages.
I have had a chance to upgrade a few bits of kit since producing my last highlights package. This includes a new Manfrotto Lume light to illuminate the players and coaches when we interview them after the games in those dark away grounds. A new carbon-fibre tripod and accompanying mount for an iPad Aid 2 has been added to my kit bag and will hopefully enable a more streamlined broadcasting solution when at the home and away grounds. A new rugged travel case purchased at the end of last season enables me to transport all my electronics in a single carry on case on those away days and continue working regardless of what mode of transport I am on. When at the football grounds themselves this can be securely attached to my new tripod allowing me easier access to the various screens needed to record match highlights and ensure the picture we will eventually relay to the supporters of the club is of the highest possible quality.
It was only on Tuesday of this week that Guernsey FC launched their new website – which has had a considerable number of viewers to it since the start of the month – currently standing at 7,500+ page views from viewers in 85 different countries. Before the next season kicks off I anticipate purchasing an additional 4k handicam to enable us to provide an even crisper image for the players and coaches that watch back the match analysis of every game they play. I am also exploring the possibility of wireless audio recording to enable our commentators to have a bit more flexibility when recording at away grounds.
Currently working to deadlines set by the Guernsey Disability Alliance and a States of Guernsey department whilst writing this, so better return to ‘the edit’ so to speak! Stay tuned.