A local TV firm was involved in a live broadcast of the FA Women’s National League Playoff Final.
For the first time, the match was streamed live online globally by the BBC on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer, bringing wider exposure for the third tier of women’s football in England.
Held on Saturday May 21 at Edgeley Park, home of Stockport County FC, the final was played between Southampton Women FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC, respective champions of the FA WNL Southern and Northern Premier Divisions. The teams were contesting for the National League title and a place in the next season’s FA Women’s Championship. Southampton defeated Wolves 1-0 to secure promotion.
“We were commissioned by the FA to work with the BBC based on our proven experience in the sports sector,” comments Sales & Marketing Manager Kieran Phillips. “This includes Step 2 (National League North & South) of Men’s non-league in football and Tier 2 (Championship) in women’s football. We were also commissioned by the FA to produce content around the FA Cup Semi Finals and Final for two years in succession.
“We deployed a complete transportable solution for the WNL Playoff Final, including four JVC cameras and a CJP Live Sports Production System. System operation was in the capable hands of Technical Manager James Ruddock, with supporting technician Louis Shaw plus freelance No.1 & No.2 Camera operators Paul Farrell and Alex Queen.
“We also received very welcome assistance from Edge Hill University and Sunderland University students who in return gained important experience of working on a live OB project on contribution cameras 3 & 4.”
CJP customers include national and regional broadcasters in the UK and overseas, government organisations, universities, corporate studio operators and sports clubs. In the sports field, CJP works directly with clubs, delivering both technology and live sports production. Also available from CJP is hands-on training in all aspects of media system operation, as well as technical support for new or legacy studio infrastructure.