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The popular workshop celebrates it's tenth anniversary this season and continues to be the place to go for aspiring commentators and football fans keen to sample life as a football commentator for the day!

The next workshop is on Saturday 11 November 2017 in at the match between Thamesmead Town and Guernsey at Dartford's Princes Park. Tickets are selling fast, priced at just £40 per person. Under 16s welcome (accompanied by a non-paying guardian).

Feel free to email us on call us if you have any questions. Tickets for November's workshop are now on sale on this website via secure pay.

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Saturday 11 November 2017




Join us on November 11th of the next workshop which is being hosted at the impressive Prices Park, home of Dartford FC.

There are only a limited number of places available and these places are selling out fast. Only £40 per person and you can pay securely right here on our website, via Paypal.

if you have any questions, feel free to email or call us and we will be only too happy to help.

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Under 16 year-olds welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (no extra charge)



Ever wanted to be a football commentator? Maybe you are planning to become a sports broadcaster? It could be that you are just curious and want to give it a go?

Whatever your reason, you'll love the experience of becoming a football commentator for a day with us on the Football Commentary Workshop.

The workshop is open to all ages, adults and under 16s are all welcome and for just £40 per person.

what is involved?

You get to meet our experienced commentary experts as part of a matchday experience at a top non-league match.

We'll prepare you for 90 minutes of live commentary later in the afternoon as well as speak on what makes a good football commentator, how to become a commentator and where to find working opportunities as a football commentator and sports broadcaster.

when is the next workshop?

The next workshop takes place in London on saturday 11th November although at this stage we cannot confirm the venue as non-league fixtures for 2017-18 have yet to be finalised.

The workshop starts at 1pm and wraps up on the final whistle at around 5pm. We try to carefully select a venue that is suitable for the event as well as accessible by road and public transport.

We are giving away a ticket to our next workshop on Saturday 11th November in our latest competition where you get to showcase your true commentary potential by simply providing us with commentary to accompany a goal clip provided by our colleagues at Play With A Legend.

The goal is a sizzler from Darren Anderton in a recent PWAL game played at Selhurst Park and presents the ideal opportunity for aspiring commentators to go to town with their vocal chords and provide commentary that does the goal justice and catches the eyes (well, ears) of our panel of commentary experts.

Closing date for the competition is Thursday 31st August 2017 at which point we will shortlist our favourite commentators and put together a compilation to see what the public thinks is the best.

Thank you to the guys at Play With A Legend for agreeing to allow us to use this clip of action for this competition.

Entries can be recorded simply on an audio recorder app on any smartphone and then emailed to us directly at info@footballcommentator.co.uk

As well as getting to join us on the next workshop, the winning commentator will also receive a trophy for being named winner of the competition and the goal will be aired right here on our website as well as on social media.

Get recording and show us what you can do! Click play (right) to view the goal footage.

May Workshop Audio Highlights

Click (above) to listen to the highlights of our last workshop in May 2017 at Leek Town FC

Provisional Workshop dates 2018

Saturday 24th March 2018 (London)

Saturday 21st April 2018 (Manchester)

History of the workshop

In 2008 the Football Commentary Workshop will celebrates its tenth anniversary. in November 2017, our next workshop will represent the 25th workshop that we have run in that time, where over 200 aspiring commentators have come to us for an insight into the art of football commentary.

In 2012 we decided to run the first live workshop when we set up camp at the Soccerdome in derby for four years before turning to non-league football in late 2015 and running the workshop at a Ryman League fixture between Metropolitan Police and Leatherhead. Its the preferred format for our workshops now.

In 2017 we teamed up with UCFB to run bespoke workshops for their students from both Wembley campus and The Etihad campus.

We've had success sories along the way including Callum Williams coming along to one of the first workshops back in 2008. Callum is now a recognised commentator over in America and in the MLS with Sporting Kansas City and Minnesota United.



meet our hosts


Karl Bates

BBC commentator who has also worked on Soccer AM on Sky Sports and has read the results out on BBC1 on Final Score. Also a stand-up comedian.

Barry Swain

Commentated on over 1,000 matches. Commentates for talkSPORT as well as BBC and also presented on William Hill Radio and done voiceover for Arsenal FC.


"In 2003 I was pictured on my first day of secondary school saying I wanted to be a football commentator when I grew up. For the next 10 years, I never got the chance until this Football Commentary Workshop. I got myself booked in and enjoyed every moment of it. After going again in 2014, I was then asked to commentate on a real game. Braintree vs Barnet 30/09/2014 will remain the greatest 1-1 draw of my life as I had been able to realise my childhood dream. Whether you are going for a fun time or looking to get into commentating, this is well worth it. And I can vouch for that after going four times! To FCW, thank you!" Will H

"A remarkable resource for up-and-coming football commentators and reporters, offering support, guidance and inspiration during and after the workshop. Don't change a single thing - that would be my advice! Simply put, an insiders look at the world of a football commentator. I'm going to keep quiet about the price of the workshop though - it's too cheap!. I've been to two workshops and can't recommend it enough." Stephen C

"I would highly recommend the Football Commentary Workshop to anyone with either a professional or leisurely interest in sports commentary. Coming into the workshop I did have commentary experience, but this was from another sport completely different to football. I was actually quite daunted by football commentary, but Barry and Karl helped provide a fun and enjoyable learning environment which I enjoyed from start to end."  Tom G

frequently asked questions

If you have any questions that you would like to ask about the Football Commentary Workshop, please email us or call us and we will be only too happy to answer your queries.

We provide bespoke workshops and matchday training for UCFB and their London and manchester campus students.

To find out more about UCFB - visit www.ucfb.com

kick starting the workshop

Everyone who enroles on one of our popular workshop is given a headstart ahead of the workshop.

We provide them access to an hour long audio show that includes interviews with Clive Tyldesley, Martin Tyler and Callum Williams to give you a flavour for the workshop in the days and weeks leading up to the event!

This show is not available to the general public and is exclusive to those who attend the Football Commentary Workshop.