Touch World Cup 2011

I spent a very enjoyable week working at The Touch World Cup at Peffermill in Edinburgh.  Don’t mention the R world – Rugby.  It's touchdowns, not a try and there are mixed teams.  Oh, and Australia and New Zealand dominate! 

This was the largest Touch World Cup to date with 27 Nations competing in 7 competitions.  Early starts were the order of the day as we had to build the PA system each morning to cover 10 pitches so that the 3 MC’s could be heard and, importantly, the Hooter which signalled the start and end of each match.  There was a fantastic team of volunteers working at the event and an incredible atmosphere created by the 1500 people taking part. 

Each day there was a strict schedule to be met and the tunes played an important part in setting the scene and building the atmosphere.  The first matches tapped-off at 7:40am each day and as I recall, we went on until 9pm on the Saturday  Throughout the week there was a TV Crew filming and I was briefly interviewed, explaining what my role was.  I look knackered as it had been a start that day!  Key announcements were "One Minute to the start of play" and "Players and Officials, Teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen Seconnnnnnnnds". 

And so to the tunes played during the week.  Far from comprehensive, but this gives a flavour....

1 Min Before Start of Play
FatBoy Slim – Right Here, Right Now

Team Introductions (Finals Day)
Escala – Kasmir

Drop-Off Music
MC Hammer – Can’t Touch This

General Tunes
Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper
Katy Perry – Firework
Example – Last Ones Standing
Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello (Single Edit)
Aloe Bloc – I Need A Dollar
Ernie K-Doe - Here Come The Girls
Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb
Gorillaz - 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)
David Guetta – When Love Takes Over
Tiao Cruz – Higher                                             
Republica – Ready to Go (2010)
Eric Prydz – Pjanoo
Planet Funk – Chase The Sun  
Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
The Chemical Brothers – Galvanise    
Daft Punk – One More Time
Basement Jaxx – Do Your Thing
Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix)
RUN DMC feat Jason Nevins – It’s Like That
Young Soul Rebels - I Got Soul
Cornershop – Brimfull of Asha
Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
Runrig - Loch Lomond
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Frankie Miller - Caledonia
The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger

Huge thanks to everyone on the Event Team and the Volunteers who worked tirelessly to deliver an amazing event. 


  1. What a great job. We will remember you and your 10 seconds for a long time!
    Erick Acker (Touch France)

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