Ash Foster of Hull FC has sent me an email with the following feedback about my self initiated project:
Ash Foster of Hull FC has sent me an email with the following feedback about my self initiated project:
My self initiated project has been absolutely invaluable for me in terms of what I have learnt from it, unfortunately it has also been massively frustrating at times.
I initially started by working on the HSAD commission for ABP and Green Port Hull, that never really got off the ground and saw me, however risky it was, having to change project to go and work on the community champions initiative.
When I changed to the Hull FC Cobus Communications initiative it was a risk because I was short on time, however Ash Foster put me very much at ease with regular communication by email, in meetings and eventually by phone.
While I recognise the fact that Ash is, undoubtedly, a very busy man I thought communication, which is vital to any project, dried up too much and I was left very much alone and just expected to get on with the project.
I was happy enough to get on with what I was doing but, because of the nature of what work I was doing, contact with Ash was very important, as he could get me access that I needed but couldn’t get without his help.
I believe I have done a very good job for the community champions initiative,especially considering the size of the task and, unfortunately, the lack of interaction I have had from Ash regarding certain vital factors.
Having said that I know Ash has a very wide ranging role with Hull FC so I should also be very grateful for what time he has been able to give to the project.
Making the documentary about the community champions initiative has been a big learning curve for me.
It has had some definite highlights such as interviewing JJ Tatten at The Warren and filming generic match coverage at Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants which saw Kirk Yeaman reach 350 appearances for the club.
Frustration has come from doing one interview which turned out to be inaudible because of the shotgun microphone and one that didn’t record because I was given the wrong SD Card for the camera I was using.
Much more frustration came from ringing certain people, who shall remain nameless, leaving messages and being told they would ring me back for whatever reason to do with the documentary, and them not ringing me.
I was also supposed to follow Feka Palea’aesina and film him out in the community, however this did not happen which was also massively frustrating.
Because of the constraints I have had I didn’t get anywhere near all the material I wanted to make a really excellent documentary, what I will take from the experience though is that I have learnt a lot and I am very happy, considering the problems I had, with the documentary I have produced.
As part of my self initiated I agreed with Ash Foster that I would start a Facebook page for the Hull FC Cobus Communications initiative because I am very aware of the rugby league presence on there.
As an admin for two rugby league based pages on Facebook, and a member of many others, I see how much traffic they attract and have outlets to share the new one around.
The one that appears to attract the most people is a page for which I am an admin called Everything Rugby League. This is a page that was set up by a rugby league supporter in Australia some years ago.
It currently has an audience of 141,000 and gets hundreds of new followers most, if not every, day. Being part of this team of admins has also given me a very insight into how to run such a page.
A page I set up myself called Loyal Old Faithful is still in its infancy a bit after having only been set up at the end of 2014. It currently has 439 followers and receives new ones fairly regularly and its audience is expanding.
There are other pages of which I am merely a member like Hull FC fans forum and rugby league supporters club that are all in 4 figures for how many followers they have.
The page I set up for the community champions currently has an audience of 160 people, which I am sure will expand as more things get posted on it, especially if I can get hold of Ash and he says yes to putting the documentary I made on there.
This shows my Gantt Chart which is planning out the work I’m doing for the Hull FC/Cobus Communications Community Champions Foundation.
Project Place is a very useful resource for planning what I’ve been doing for the project, and what I’ll be doing for it moving forward.
The interview with JJ Tatten was extremely informative and his passion for the Hull FC/Cobus Communications Community Champions Foundation, and what it is doing for the young people at The Warren, came across very clearly.
The work the foundation is doing is obviously very important and seems to be doing a very good job of creating a sense of belonging for some of the most outcast young people who, without what the foundation is doing, would have very little to look forward to.
The Warren was given eight season passes for this season and these are used in a sort of rota because so many of the young people want to take advantage of the work that the foundation is doing.
Mr Tatten communicated that they are enjoying going to watch Hull FC play in Super League but that it is about so much more than going to a rugby league match for them, he was very enthusiastic about the legacy that being involved with this initiative will leave.
Having been to The Warren and met Mr Tatten before personally it seems very apparent that the work being undertaken by the foundation is proving to be very positive and influential in a very good way.
I am very much looking forward to seeing how this interview looks in the documentary when it is finished.
I had a very positive meeting with my contact Ash Foster this afternoon which included him signing the client brief which I had written up some time ago.
Moving forward there are some very good plans including upcoming interviews on camera with Mike Smith at Cobus Communications who are the main partner of the Community Champions Foundation, and JJ Tatten at The Warren where many of the young people who are benefiting from the project go.
I am very much looking forward to making big strides with this in the coming weeks including starting to make a documentary showing interviews, generic match coverage and showing how the foundation is working and what benefits it is bringing.
I am also going to start writing articles about the work of the foundation for the official Hull FC website and Ash and myself have now committed to meeting at least once a week from hereon in.
I know exactly what I am aiming for in the next few weeks and what I am doing and I am very appreciative of the help Ash is giving like setting up interviews with people that he is in regular contact with.
Just looking through the plan, Ive noticed that there is a few mentions of players of promoting this and this seems to be a focus. Unfortunately we can’t rely much on the players to promote this in videos and regular posts. This is one of the ways we have to get creative at Hull FC as the simple answer would always be to use the players but they simply don’t have the amount of time that they get requests for.
If we can look at other similar charity sports campaigns that have been innovative through their use of social media that would be very handy.
I don’t mean to use endorsement by the players over much just at the occasional time when one of them might have time although I do absolutely understand that they won’t be available very often.
I seem to remember a mention that it is mainly young people at the Warren in the town centre who are benefiting so I wondered if I should maybe approach JJ Tatten to interview him for the Facebook page possibly?
That would be a great idea, if you could let JJ know that you are working closely with myself to promote the project and the organisations that we work with as I’ve worked with on this with JJ and I know he would be happy to help in that regard.
Please could you confirm the type of questions you would be asking him and maybe I could add some that I think would benefit it from our point of view of attracting more business sponsorship.
Yes I’ll draw up a list of questions, you can pick out which you think would be best for me to ask him and add any you feel would also be appropriate.
I have interviewed JJ before so he may remember me although it was about a year ago so I can’t say he definitely will, yes I will certainly tell him that I’m working closely with you.
Is there any other sort of content, either on the list I’ve sent you or that you’ve thought of, that you would like me to put on the Facebook page?
I think it would be good if we could go and do an interview with Mike Smith from Cobus, as they are the title sponsors and have put a significant financial backing to the campaign, he is also very active in the community so it would be good to get an interview with him.
I would like to promote the sponsors as much as anyone as this proves to the business that they get a good amount of promo back for sponsoring it and this will hopefully help grow the programme as more businesses will get involved.
Yes I agree entirely we need to promote the initiative and show the businesses that are helping us so if you could arrange a date and time for an interview with him that would be brilliant, I am now free all day every Monday so that would be very handy for me if possible and also a Thursday lunchtime.
Here are questions I intend to ask JJ Tatten, please cut out any unnecessary ones and add on your own if required.
They are good, I would just discount questions 4 and 6 and not use these ones. You can ask the others though. I will let you know about the Mike Smith interview.
It will be ok if you go by yourself for this one the questions are all good.
I wil lome with you on the Mike Smith one which will be on Monday 4th April in the afternoon, can you make that?
Yes I can do Monday 4 April to interview Mike Smith.
Ok that’s great cheers, its 2pm at Cobus off Hessle Road.
I will have a look at some questions for this.
My first meeting with Ash Foster went very well and we have made some exciting plans for the project which will see me getting some very exclusive access to certain people about the community champions initiative.
We have resolved to make a 20-30 minute documentary about the initiative, showing how it works, following the children who are benefiting from it on a match day from being picked up in a bus, taken to the KC Stadium, being fed, watching the match and being returned home afterwards.
There will also be at least one story a month put on the club website which will continue beyond the end of this project.
I have been asked to promote the crowdfunding and the JustGiving page on social media and include interviews with, and videos of, people who are taking on challenges for sponsorship for the initiative.
I am also going to produce a 20 page supplement about the initiative which will be printed by the club and distributed possibly at a home game and/or through the clubs retail outlets.
Social media is obviously very important to the project so it was decided that I would set up the official Hull FC Cobus Communications Community Champions Initiative Facebook page due to the large rugby league community that is very prominent on there, Twitter may be involved as well at a later stage.
There will also probably be short videos with Hull FC players promoting the initiative that will go online on the Facebook page and the official club website.