After successful testing and trials, The CW Media Team will broadcast the full Buildbase FA Vase Second Round game live on YouTube.
CW have needed to wait through the full lockdown to see who they would face in the Vase after First Round progression past fellow Northern League Division 1 side Penrith. The delayed first round fixture between Hemsworth Miners Welfare FC from the Northern Counties East League and Abbey Hey FC in the North West Counties First Division South League.
Abbey Hey is from Manchester and plays in Step 6 of the National League System, equivalent to Division 2 of the Ebac Northern League. Due to Sunderland falling into Tier 3 (at the time of the game), no spectators can attend Football games at this level. Once it was revealed what measures were put in place leaving the National Lockdown and that the match would need to be played behind closed doors.
The CW Media Team, lead by David Shaw, quickly put into action plans that had been drawn up if such measures were put into place. After much testing and a successful trial during a friendly game on Saturday.
The team is confident all bugs have been worked out and the full game should be available for anyone wanting to tune in through YouTube.
“We have had some issues and needed to work out some bugs during the live stream tests.” said Andrew Gibson, heading up the behind scenes streaming project.
“It is all-new for the club and we have needed to combine the skills of every member of the team to get us to this point. Our main aim is to allow supporters who are not allowed to attend these games, get a view of the match. The players and Management put in so much work and commitment, it is not fair on them for no-one to see.
There are things that could go wrong on the day, there are no second chances when delivering live content. But we are confident we have worked out any issues but have backups planned if needed. ”
CW is asking supporters and anyone wanting to watch the match to subscribe to their YouTube channel so no-one misses out.
“Live streaming brings along an exciting development for the club and continues in the direction the Media Department is heading.” said CW Head of Media, David Shaw.
“What this means for the cub is that we are heading in a direction to bring fans better coverage and a new matchday experience.” Dave added “As this will be our first proper run out of the live stream, please be patient with any technical difficulties (fingers crossed for none) and like us, we hope everyone enjoys the game.”
The Second Round of the Buildbase FA Vase is set to be played behind closed doors this Saturday. Streaming will be provided through the club’s YouTube Channel, this can be accessed here.