Audio Descriptive Commentary

Audio Descriptive Commentary

I provide Audio Descriptive Commentary for Middlesbrough Football club for the 2017/18 season at the Riverside Stadium.

The RNIB state the Audio Descriptive Commentary is an important part of football:

The provision of a commentary service is the most important part of the football experience for someone with little or no sight.

For most football fans, there’s nothing quite like attending a live match. Coverage of the game on TV or listening on the radio can never quite provide that match day experience. From the smell of the pies to the roar of the crowd, there’s nothing quite like saying, “I was there”.

It’s something most of us take for granted. However for a blind or partially sighted football supporter the story is different. There are around two million people in the UK with a sight problem







Following a recent audit by Audio & Accessibility consultant Gavin Griffiths, the club and I received the following feedback:

The actual commentary provided by Andy was excellent. He was accurate, to the point, didn’t over describe and stuck to on pitch play. Excellent addition of historical facts and figures before match kick-off.

There was clear speech throughout. Great use of asides about the players, pitch side action or Match Officials, but not over used. Also, very rarely showed bias so the commentary would be more than useable by both sets of fans during a game.

The initial set up and running of this audio system and commentary for disabled fans at Middlesbrough Football Club Riverside Stadium I can only commend highly and would be very hard to better anywhere in the UK.