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Telehandler swapping tools for microphones to commentate at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

For one of our employees, the day job will take a back seat for a month after he was recently selected to commentate for blind and visually impaired audiences at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Taking place from November 20 to December 18, the World Cup is a showpiece tournament for football fans worldwide – with the competition taking place once every four years. 32 teams will compete across eight groups over the course of four weeks, with group winners and runners-up progressing to the final stages in late December.

Steve Corry, 46, from Bestwood Village in Nottingham, works as a Telehandler Operator. Alongside working full-time for McCann, Steve volunteers his weekends during the football season to provide audio-descriptive commentary for Alan March Sport Ltd – a unique business that provides hosts, commentators and event presentation for sporting events.

This specialist service enables blind and visually impaired fans to enjoy an immersive matchday, ensuring that they don’t miss any of the action on and off the pitch by delivering a more accessible experience.

Steve has already commentated on a number of high-profile footballing events in the UK and across Europe and most recently travelled to Seville this summer to cover the Europa League final. However it is his recent selection to cover the 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar which is taking pride of place for Steve – where he will join commentators from across the globe to cover one of football’s most prestigious events.

“I can’t express how happy I am to be a part of one of the biggest football events in the sporting calendar,” he explains. “As one of a handful of volunteers selected from Alan March Sport, I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Qatar and experience this unique competition first hand,”

“For anyone who loves playing football, it’s your dream to play at a World Cup. While I might not have had the chance to play, I’ve now been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the action,”

He continues, “While this is a massive personal accomplishment of mine, it’s really part of a much bigger conversation around accessibility at sporting events. I do this because I love what I do, but I also do it because audio-descriptive commentary can be life-changing for fans who might not be able to enjoy the game as much their sighted peers,”

“I’m incredibly thankful to my employer, McCann, for being so accommodating and granting me almost a month’s leave so that I can be a part of the event,” adds Steve. “The business has been absolutely fantastic in supporting me to live a lifelong dream and it is something I will definitely never forget.”

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