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Alan March Sport Training Day

Club host audio description day for prospective new commentators

6 June 2017

On Monday the club hosted Alan March Sport, who were in the club’s Mayo Wynne Baxter Suite for their training day ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Their audio description commentaries of all home matches is a highly valued matchday service for our visually impaired or blind supporters.

Steven Jamieson explained what the company do and the service they provide here at the Checkatrade Stadium.

“Audio description is one of our original services which is essentially commentary of events for partially sighted or blind spectators.

“We started doing that at Wembley Stadium about 10 years ago when it opened and we’ve continued to do that and we’re now lucky enough to be able to offer the service to a number of different football clubs.

“It’s very challenging but a rewarding thing to do, we came to Crawley Town two years ago and the club has been blessed in the last couple of years by having a great AD team here.”

The training day allowed prospective new commentators the chance to try a number of exercises throughout Monday to test their skills before the team select indivduals for the 2017/18 season.

“We had applicants in today (Monday) and we’re just putting them through their paces throughout the day.

“It involves things like describing still images, which as a lot of the lads will testify is a lot harder than it looks. It’s all about understanding who you’re describing the action to and the guys here today have done really well.

“Directors here at Crawley have even tested the service in the past to see what it’s all about and they were blown away by how good these guys are.

“It’s not the biggest audience but for the people who do use it, it means everything and it makes it really enjoyable going to football for them – that’s what we try to do.” 

Fans can watch Steven's exclusive interview with Crawley Town TV below. 

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