You Think It's All Over?

For those of you who missed the boat, because of the competition’s closing date, or were outside the 11 to 15 age range, then I must tell you that BBC Radio 5 Live’s Young Sports Commentator of the Year competition has just entered the judging phase.


The search is on to find a second winner of this less-than-regularly-run competition after Jerome Sale was the inaugural winner way back in 1986. Bizarre as it seems today, what with football’s massive appeal, but 30 years ago the competition, run in conjunction with the FA, had been launched to try and show football in a better light in the wake of disasters at Bradford and Heysel. Crowds at many crumbling grounds were dwindling and no broadcaster was willing to pay for TV rights to league games. How times change!

In the era where football is all pervading, the winner of the 2016 competition will get various media goodies provided by 5 Live and also (obviously) a chance to commentate on a live sports event.

If you have the urge to be a sports commentator, rather than sticking to voicing the game-play of FIFA 16, you could do a lot worse than cover the game at your local football club. Obviously if the local club is in the Premier or FA Leagues this maybe a little difficult, since the broadcast rights to their games will have been tied-up long ago, but how about the many hundreds of non-league clubs, the fans of which enjoy games played the breath of the country each week?

After a successful trail with Hereford FC, AV Resilience has launched a commentary equipment and web-based broadcast service tailored to the needs of non-league football clubs and their ardent supporters. In the case of Hereford FC, their fans cans now follow, in high quality, all the matches, both home and away, and enjoy a “listen-again” service of past goals and victories.

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Club based commentary in action at Hereford FC, thanks to AV Resilience

With the help of AV Resilience, other clubs can do the same too.

The AV Resilience service not only includes all the technical equipment needed by a commentator and a match summariser, much of which is exactly the same as TV and radio commentators use, but also the web-stream service to deliver it to the fans and, the really good bit, a training course how to produce great commentary.

Many club supporter’s trusts and fan clubs list in their articles of association an aim to promote both the club and generate social inclusion: what better way of doing all of this than with a commentary service? From giving the club “a voice”, having the coverage of a match taken to another level to providing a valuable service to the visually impaired, it really is a win-win for club and fan alike in so many areas.

So, from voice to web-stream, AV Resilience can really help you bring the match action to your fellow supporters with its commentary service.

You think it’s all over? Far from it, whilst Radio 5 Live may have closed their competition to find the next sports commentator, by contacting AV Resilience you could be instrumental in providing a commentary service to your club next season.

Just drop AV Resilience a line at:  and we’ll be in touch.

Iain Betson