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Phil: the voice of sport on Future

Phil: the voice of sport on Future

One of the joys of sport is that there is always someone with an alternative view to yours – and as an ardent sport fan it’s a great privilege for me to host Sporting Brunch on a Saturday morning and be at the hub, of what can often be, a (very) lively debate!  I often find myself ‘umpiring’ in the studio between my regular pundits who can have some very forthright views, whether it is the latest happenings at Carrow Road, or the inevitable controversy thrown up in the last F1 Grand Prix.

But without doubt the input from listeners, whether by text, email, instant messenger, or Twitter is the ingredient that really makes the whole show tick.

As a local radio station we do our best to concentrate on local sport clubs, venues, and individuals, and we regularly have guests from the myriad of organizations that put on some cracking events, from grassroots through to major national championships like the Touring Cars or Superbikes at Snetterton.

Just recently paralympian Danny Nobbs popped in to bring us up to speed on his quest for success in the Javelin discipline at this years IPC World Championships, Bill Glover gave us an update on the revamped facilities at the Wensum Sport Centre in Norwich, and new British Super Featherweight boxing champion Liam Walsh gave us the inside story on his recent victory, and future plans. We also have regular updates from Active Norfolk, and their director Ben Jones will be with us this Saturday to preview some of their plans for 2015, and I’ll do my best to draw out some information about the Tour of Britain which is once again coming to Norfolk later this year.

There is no doubt, though, that the part of the show that always receives the greatest input is our weekly Norwich City discussion. The media team down at Carrow Road allows us access to the pre-match press conferences so we always have the latest views of the manager, and one of the players, which often throws up strong levels of debate. As a passionate city fan myself I do tend to get drawn into this part of the show, and ‘sitting on the fence’ is not always achievable!

As I mentioned earlier, one of the most enjoyable parts of hosting a show like this is being able to give exposure to some of the local grassroots clubs and events. So if you are involved in a local club, or you are an aspiring local sport star then drop us a line via email to sport@futureradio.co.uk or give the station a call, and we’ll do our best to get you on air.


Phil Armes is a volunteer and presents ‘The Sporting Brunch’ every Saturday from 11am till 12pm.

Picture by Ryan McGuire

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