7th May Community Event: MICHAEL MCCANN – ‘THE MAN THAT CAN’

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7th May Community Event: MICHAEL MCCANN – ‘THE MAN THAT CAN’

Ahead of the FBB Community Cup, we hear from up & coming commentator Michael McCann on why he’s delighted to be involved on Sunday!

MY FOOTBALL BEYOND BORDERS JOURNEY – MICHAEL MCCANN – ‘THE MAN THAT CAN’

I’d been an follower on Twitter for ages.
I’d watched and admired what they do.
I’d appreciated the ideas behind it.
I’d always been keen to find out more.

Then at the D word conference in autumn 2016, I spotted it from a mile off. I wouldn’t have missed the logo. An FBB tracksuit. The man wearing it was investable consigned to the misfortune of having to chat with a poor man’s Harry Potter – yours truly.

That unfortunate man was Pezzativity, or Pez (never known as Tom Perez!). The man far too cool for a proper first name. Not something you’ll see me dare attempt. Also a man misguided enough to nickname me ‘Michael McCann – the man that can’. The two of us chatted about how I could help. I’ve always had a background in teaching and a huge interest in helping young people fulfil their potential.

I headed to Oval one Tuesday night for Youth Voices, nattering briefly about football commentary and covering Premier League games. I happily spent most of my time recalling my worst moments on a microphone, as it’s important young people realise that life is really about failing your way to success.

I then sat with Jaden and Debra as they planned for interviewing Rachel Riley later that week. They already knew all the right questions to ask her, and frankly aside from just helping shape those ideas, I was of little to no help! It was just enjoyable to see young people learning through the power of sport.

At Kick It Out: Raise Your Game 2017 Pez then had another idea. A live-streamed Twitter commentary via Periscope from Dulwich Hamlet’s play-off semi-final later that week. Who wouldn’t want to describe a big game for a worthwhile charity to viewers worldwide?

I was also lucky to have a good friend and trusted colleague in the co-commentators seat, Luke McLaughlin. I’m pleased to say the stream went down a treat, with a peak of 658 unique viewers tuning into watch FBB live in the second-half. Hamlet won 4-2 to seal a play-off final spot in an entertaining game to match the occasion. Below is just one short clip from the game to give you a taste – the stunning hattrick goal from DHFC striker Ibra Sekajja:

Livestream Unique views – approx 1000 across the 90 mins
Total views – 1696
Total time watched – 42 hours 36 minutes – almost two days!

The next big FBB event is on 7th May at Champion Hill – I’m delighted and humbled to have been asked to do live commentary again. I’m really enjoying being involved in FBB, and I’d urge anyone reading this to get involved too.

Join the #FBBFamily for what promises to be the biggest football community event in London this year! The FBB Community Cup is taking place on Sunday 7th May, hosted at the stadium of our charity partner Dulwich Hamlet Football Club (SE5 8AP), BUY TICKETS HERE.

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