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".
& The Machine – You’ve Got The Love Florence RUN DMC feat Jason Nevins – It’s Like That
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
MC Hammer – Can’t Touch This
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
– Use Somebody Leon
The Chemical Brothers – Galvanise
Daft Punk – One More Time
Basement Jaxx – Do Your Thing
Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix)
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.