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Episode 32 is an interview about the extraordinary power of sport with – Baroness Sue Campbell. It’s an interview about culture and purpose, how you bring people together and how you create a cadre of individuals who believe in something bigger than themselves.
It’s a conversation which reminds us about what’s important and gives an insight into the passion and purpose which drives one of the most influential women in sport.
Sue Campbell trained as a physical education teacher, taught in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. During this time, Sue represented her country as a player, a coach and a team manager. She then went on to spend four years as a regional officer with the Sports Council (now Sport England) before moving to the National Coaching Foundation (NCF). Following 11 years as the Chief Executive of the NCF, she became Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. In February 2005, Sue became Chair of that organisation until December 2017. Sue was appointed Head of Women’s Football with The Football Association in March 2016, and became Director of Women’s Football in January 2018.
Among many honours, Sue has received 11 honorary doctorates and in June 2003, Sue was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport.
In April 2005 she was appointed as Chair for UK Sport, following 18 months as the Reform Chair. Sue held this position for two terms until April 2013, where she presided over Team GB and Paralympic GB’s incredible performance at the London 2012 games.
In December 2008 Sue was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent Crossbench Peer.
Sue was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.
To announce McDonald’s renewal of its partnership with the four home nations Football Associations for a further four years, England and Everton keeper, Jordan Pickford and England and Manchester City striker, Nikita Parris joined children from every home nation to play some of the best loved fun ‘rules’ of football together. The children from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales taught Jordan and Nikita how to play games such as Rush Goalies, One on Ones, the Numbers Game and even took on the famous wheelie bin challenge!
McDonald’s football ambassador, Everton goalkeeper and England international Jordan Pickford said: “Growing up, I was lucky enough to benefit first-hand from McDonald’s support for grassroots clubs and their volunteers, so it’s exciting for me to help them announce the renewal of this partnership. It’s really important that clubs all over the UK get the support they need but also that we continue to attract young, new players to the sport so we can continue to develop talent.”
“Over the past four years we’ve seen some major changes in the game from the growth of disability football to the ongoing rise of the women’s game,” said McDonald’s ambassador and Manchester City and England star Nikita Parris, also speaking at the launch. “With the new programme placing even greater focus on participation and opportunities to play, we’re aiming to make football more and more inclusive and open to everyone. We can’t wait to kick this off and I’m sure it will result in grassroots football being in an even stronger position in four years’ time”.
Having worked closely with all four UK FAs over the past 16 years, McDonald’s is the longest-standing supporter of grassroots football in the UK. Building on the huge growth of grassroots football over the past decade and a half, the next four years will see the introduction of a new, participation-based programme aiming to provide five million hours of fun football for children across the UK by 2022.
Find out more at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/football or follow @FunFootballUK on Twitter and Instagram.
Episode 30 is an interview with the Managing Director of iris Culture, Laura Weston.
As MD of a leading sport and entertainment agency she talks about how you can bring a brand to life with sport, the excitement of breaking conventions and why working on the Launch of FA Women’s Super League (WSL) was one of her proudest moments.
Twice nominated for the prestigious BT Sports Industry ‘Agency of the Year’ Award, iris Culture is known for its creative and innovative work for global brands such as adidas, Samsung and Speedo.
Laura worked with The FA for three years launching The FA WSL and supporting the England women’s football team and recently advised her Sydney office on the amplification of Samsung’s sponsorship of Australian netball. Her goal is to help brands understand both the creative and commercial opportunity working with women’s sport can bring.
As a former county netballer and athlete Laura has seen the benefit that sport has had on both her life and career, so is keen to inspire other women and girls.
June 14: Russia v Saudi Arabia (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Group A) – ITV
June 15: Egypt v Uruguay (Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Group A) – BBC
June 15: Morocco v Iran (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Group B) – ITV
June 15: Portugal v Spain (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Group B) – BBC
June 16: France v Australia (Kazan Arena, Kazan, Group C) – BBC
June 16: Argentina v Iceland (Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Group D)- ITV
June 16: Peru v Denmark (Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Group C) – BBC
June 16: Croatia v Nigeria (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Group D)- ITV
June 17: Costa Rica v Serbia (Samara Arena, Samara, Group E) – ITV
June 17: Germany v Mexico (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Group F) – BBC
June 17: Brazil v Switzerland (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Group E) – ITV
June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Group F) – ITV
June 18: Belgium v Panama (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Group G) – BBC
June 18: Tunisia v England (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Group G) – BBC
June 19: Poland v Senegal (Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Group H) – ITV
June 19: Colombia v Japan (Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Group H) – BBC
June 19: Russia v Egypt (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Group A) – BBC
June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Group B) – BBC
June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Group A) – BBC
June 20: Iran v Spain (Kazan Arena, Kazan, Group B) – ITV
June 21: France v Peru (Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Group C) – ITV
June 21: Denmark v Australia (Samara Arena, Samara, Group C) – ITV
June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Group D) – BBC
June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Group E) – ITV
June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Group D) – BBC
June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Group E) – BBC
June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Group G) – BBC
June 23: Germany v Sweden (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Group F) – ITV
June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Group F) – ITV
June 24: England v Panama (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Group G) – BBC
June 24: Japan v Senegal (Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Group H) – BBC
June 24: Poland v Colombia (Kazan Arena, Kazan, Group H) – ITV
June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Group A) – ITV4
June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Samara Arena, Samara, Group A) – ITV
June 25: Iran v Portugal (Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Group B) – BBC
June 25: Spain v Morocco (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Group B) – BBC
June 26: Australia v Peru (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Group C) – ITV4
June 26: Denmark v France (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Group C) – ITV
June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Group D) – BBC
June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Group D) – BBC
June 27: South Korea v Germany (Kazan Arena, Kazan, Group F) – BBC
June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Group F) – BBC
June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Group E) – BBC
June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Group E) – ITV4
June 28: Japan v Poland (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Group H) – BBC
June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Samara Arena, Samara, Group H) – BBC
June 28: England v Belgium (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Group G) – ITV
June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Group G) – ITV4
Round of 16
June 30: Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D (Kazan Arena, Kazan) – ITV
June 30: A1 v B2 (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi) – ITV
July 1: B1 v A2 (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow) – BBC
July 1: D1 v C2 (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod) – ITV
July 2: E1 v F2 (Samara Arena, Samara) – BBC
July 2: G1 v H2 (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don) – BBC
July 3: F1 v E2 (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg) – ITV
July 3: H1 v G2 (Otkrytie Arena, Moscow) – BBC
July 6: Winner R16 1 v Winner R16 2 (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod) – BBC
July 6: Winner R16 5 v Winner R16 6 (Kazan Arena, Kazan) – BBC
July 7: Winner R16 7 v Winner R16 8 (Samara Arena, Samara) – ITV
July 7: Winner R16 3 v Winner R16 4 (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi) – ITV
July 10: Winner QF1 v Winner QF 2 (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg) – ITV
July 11: Winner QF3 v Winner QF 4 (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow) – BBC
July 14: Loser SF1 v Loser SF 2 (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg) – ITV
July 15: Winner SF1 v Winner SF 2 (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow) – BBC & ITV
An amateur football team from London were left speechless when legends Rio Ferdinand, Michael Ballack, Michel Salgado and Rivaldo were substituted onto the pitch to play against them during a local five-a-side match.
Hidden cameras captured the moment when footballing royalty turned up to hand out a master-class in ‘the beautiful game’.
The former international stars staged the prank with the help of bookmakers Betfair ahead of the start of this year’s World Cup, due to kick off in Russia on Thursday 14th June.
Check the video – https://vimeo.com/274628740
The prank was setup after a number of local teams responded to cryptic DIY posters created by the legends. The mysterious poster gave little information apart from a number of outrageous claims including; the team were ‘proper class’ and had scored ‘100s of goals scored all over the world’.
Check out all the photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/taylorherringpr/sets/72157696182002701/
After an influx of amateur teams looking for a game, the former international players picked out a team to stage the prank on. A team of lads turned up for the game, only to be greeted by an unfit, overweight, middle-aged squad of 50 year olds.
With a coin-toss between the captains complete, the older team showed they had confidence and the guts by making a shrewd bet, the men took to the field to play however, ten minutes into the game the older chaps were in dire assistance of a break. Showing their smarts from the earlier bet, the unfit 50-year old goalkeeper hailed over the superstar substitutes.
The international sensations descended on to the pitch and delivered world-class silky skills, showboating with expert tackles, exceptional goals and infamous signature celebrations. The dream team left the field with minutes to spare to allow the middle-aged team to take all of the glory.
Rio Ferdinand who captained the super sub-international team said: “It was a great feeling stepping back on the field and playing alongside some of the world’s best players, even if it was on a local five-a-side pitch. We had a real laugh staging the prank and I won’t forget the look on the lads faces when we all turned up.”
Stephen Mault, Brand Director at Betfair said: “The country is in fever pitch ahead of the World Cup and we wanted to bring the magic of the game to a local five-a-side team who got the chance of a lifetime to play with football royalty.
“An estimated £5 billion will be bet across the bookmaking industry during the World Cup and Belgium at 9/1 is the most heavily backed outside team with £356k staked so far. We are placing England at 16/1 to win the competition and Harry Kane is 14/1 to win the Golden Boot. One customer is due to take home just shy of half a million if current European champions Portugal win the World Cup”
Betfair’s open bets on this year’s World Cup can be found at: www.betfair.com
Adidas and Nike have teamed up with Bitmoji to let football fans wear their favourite World Cup kits this summer.
Available from today in Bitmoji, fans worldwide can kit out their avatar in the iconic white adidas kit worn by holders Germany, or the powerful red jersey of the 2010 champions Spain, as well as England’s official white Nike kit, or the famous yellow Nike shirt of tournament favourites Brazil.
Other adidas kits available include 2010 winners Spain, Belgium, Sweden, hosts Russia, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Japan and Egypt.
Other Nike kits available include France, Poland, Portugal, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Australia and South Korea.
Once fans have updated their Bitmoji, they will see their Bitmoji wearing their favourite kit everywhere they use Bitmoji. This includes on Snapchat in Stickers and 3D Bitmoji AR Lenses, in Google Chrome and Gmail extensions, Gboard for Android and Bitmoji keyboard for iOS. Bitmoji can also be saved and used as an image anywhere.
“Football fans are passionate and creative, and with Bitmoji kits we’re giving supporters a new way to show their love of the game”, said Ba Blackstock, creator of Bitmoji, “Fans can choose from hundreds of cartoon images and 3D experiences to express how they are feeling about the World Cup and share this instantly with friends.”
To create or link your Bitmoji:
Link your bitmoji
If you already have a bitmoji and want to link it to Snapchat:
Edit your bitmoji
To edit a Bitmoji you already have on Snapchat:
Bitmoji was the world’s most downloaded app in the iOS App Store in 2017. It is your own personal emoji, designed to make mobile communication more human and fun.
Ten-year-old Aariyan Ludhor, from Witham in Essex, has won a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with his football hero, Arsenal defender, Héctor Bellerín.
Arsenal fanatic Aariyan won the coveted prize after his mother, Banita Ludhor, entered WaterAid’s Priceless Prize Draw; a raffle offering a variety of top celebrity prizes to raise funds for the international development charity’s winter fundraising appeal, Untapped.
Aariyan, who has been an Arsenal supporter since his family took him on a tour of the Emirates stadium at just three months old, now plays for his local Under 11’s team, the Valley Green Blizzards.
Now Aariyan is the envy of his team-mates having met his sporting idol for an exclusive 30-minute one-on-one training session. Hector, famous for his speedy skills on the pitch, put the youngster through his paces; helping him become a nine-a-side superstar.
WaterAid supporter Héctor Bellerín said:
“I am delighted that Aariyan, one of Arsenal’s biggest fans, won this prize. The fact that it is all for a good cause makes it even better. By donating to WaterAid’s raffle, Aariyan’s mum has helped raise vital funds to help bring clean water to those that need it most and helped change lives for good – that really is priceless.”
“When mum told me she had won WaterAid’s prize of a training session with Héctor Bellerín for me, I was absolutely overjoyed! My whole family are all huge Arsenal fans and now I got to play with my absolute hero, I just can’t believe it – it’s like a dream come true.”
Money raised from WaterAid’s Untapped appeal will help transform hundreds of thousands of lives by improving access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in some of the world’s poorest communities. The work is being made possible with support from UK aid from the British people.
WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 34 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25.8 million people with clean water and 25.1 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or find WaterAid UK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.
Brendan Murphy-The Chef Explorer has spent the last 30 years cooking, traveling, teaching and writing about food and culture from around the world. He has also been teaching Commercial Cookery at Technical Colleges in WA and the UK as well as his own ‘Taste of the World’ Cooking Classes for Adults and Kids at School.
He has been writing a regular Cookery Column for the ‘Swan Magazine’ for the last 10 years and published his first book ‘A Taste of the World’ in 2010. That book was a successful ‘ recipe ‘ of true Chef and Travel short stories, set in 12 countries where he has worked or travelled, including info on their culture and cuisine and an authentic recipe.
This book is the same format but with the extra ingredient of the ‘World Game’ =football! It profiles all 32 countries including travel and food highlights and a tasty recipe to prepare and enjoy during the tournament. Plus, of course the extra ingredient of each countries World Cup history thrown in the pot to deliver a truly Tasty World Cup & Cuisine Experience!
Embrace the delights of international cuisine, plan your games and enjoy the food.
Find out more about the Chef Explorer – http://chefexplorer.com.au/
Midfielder Jamie Murphy is determined to hold on his place in the starting line-up. The 19-year old joined Inglewood United over the summer but, following a minor injury setback, had to be content with only the occasional appearance – mostly off the bench – across the opening rounds of the National Premier Leagues.
Having bided his time, Murphy was promoted to the eleven a fortnight ago and he’s not disappointed. A lively performance that afternoon against Floreat Athena was rewarded with another 90-minute run six days later when Inglewood chalked up their first win of the month by dismissing Forrestfield United 2-0.
“I’m definitely very happy to be making the starting eleven,” said Murphy, back-to-back winner of the Under-20 NPL Player of the Year. “It’s always nice to be given the chance to show what you’re capable of. I had a bit of a slow start at Inglewood but I feel I’ve been progressing as the weeks have gone on.”
“My consistency has improved a lot and as my match fitness improves I’m able to maintain a higher level of intensity for longer periods of the 90 minutes. I want to be playing first team football regularly so I’m always pushing myself to improve all the aspects of my game that will make me a better player.”
Murphy has been doing everything possible on the training track this week to ensure himself of a third successive start, against Perth Glory on Saturday. Glory are one of the leagues form sides, collecting maximum points from three of their last four games to surge to the top of the competition ladder.
“Glory has been in great form and have been scoring for fun,” commented Murphy. “We’ve also been playing well of late and it’s a very important match in terms of our season. It’s going to be a very close, intense game with some good football played by both teams … and I believe we have more than enough quality to get the points.”
Image and article courtesy of http://inglewoodunitedfc.com.au/murphy-targeting-an-extended-run/