Post 1 (9th October)
My original idea was to create a feature on female football commentators. After some research i decided it would be too restrictive with many working for the FA unable to talk freely about there experiences. I discovered WIF women in football this is an association trying to change the way women are thought of within the sport. They offer regular meetings and a support network for women within the industry. This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary. This inspired me to widen my idea to all women within the sport from those on the field to up in the boardrooms of the FA.
I have already pitched to podcast and feature creators Abrupt Audio, They have already verbally approved my idea so looking to get a written commission within the next week.Once i have this i will then contact ‘WIF.’ to see if they would be interested in posting the content on their site once commissioned by abrupt audio.
I want to tell the story of how far women have come within the sport, stories from those within the game and the challenged they have faced and finishing with what is being done now and is it enough. I have already recorded short clips with Joe hart (England and West Ham Goalkeeper) and Eddie Howe (Bournemouth Manager.) I have a number of people in the pipeline to interview so will now concentrate on fine tuning my idea and making dates to interview those individuals.
Today (16th October) I received full confirmation of my commission in writing. Link below to PDF:
Post 2 (24th October)
This week I have spent mainly looking deeper within my subject area. I have been listening and watching lots of sports documentaries to get a feel for the general form. By doing this it has given me lots of ideas about how i was my final piece to sound. The sounds you get from the crowd during a match evoke lots of emotion so i want to use this within my piece accompanied by a music bed to build atmosphere.
I had confirmation from David Gerty (Head of Communications for the FA, Emirates Cup and Women’s FA.) After pitching my idea he was very keep to get involved within the piece. He also stated that he will also try and get someone who is extremely senior within the FA to chat with me also.
I attended a game last week so i have recorded some actuality which i intent on using. Currently looking at the next best game to attend at Wembley to go and record Vox pops with vans in order to get an unfiltered view no matter how honest. I would like to play some of these clips played to other interviewees as it will be interesting to get their reaction and responses.
Post 3 (31st October)
This week has been spent focusing on nailing down all of the contributors for my piece. I am pleased with my progress so far managing to secure interviews with two very senior members of the FA whom I will be interviewing on the 6th November at Wembley stadium.
I plan to interview fans of the spurs v. Real Madrid game on the 1st November. I have decided that I will take someone along with me who is male who will speak to some fans with questions I have already prepared. As I feel that fans will feel more confident giving controversial views on women within the game if they are speaking to a male. I have been in regular contact with ‘women in football’ association who are keen to get involved however there are some ethical issues regarding their members. Many of their members are given complete anonymity as they fear that it may cause them problems within their workplace. To get around this problem I have suggested that they send out an email to all of their members with my contact details and give those who feel comfortable the option to contact me directly or if someone high up within the organisation is free to give their views.
I have posted on several social media platforms asking those with a particularly strong view on women within the game to come forward. I am having an issue with many willing to type to me how ‘I do not understand the game’ or ‘is the documentary on girls or real football’ but are not willing to come chat with me and speak their view openly. I feel this is because they know that sexist views are generally frowned upon and are worried that meeting me would prove their points to be invalid. I am currently in talks with individuals from BBC Sport, providing coverage for majority of football events it will be interesting to see how programmers make decisions on gender roles and whether thy have noticed any changes within the game and how women are generally perceived by their audience.
I have also been carrying out research into more the figures side of the topic. For example how many are actively following women’s football, attendance of the women’s games in comparison to the men’s and also which proportion of the fans are men and women as many feel that men do not follow the women’s game.