Anna’s Introduction

Anna’s Introduction 

Hey I am Anna, I have just joined the Lloyd bell team for the summer! I am from Pembrokeshire in South Wales.

I am a student at Bournemouth University studying events management, in November I will be off to USA for my placement year in Aspen Colorado. I will be working in a top ski resort as part of their events team!

I have been playing sport ever since I can remember, my two main sports are horse riding and Hockey though I love watching all sports. I have been riding and competing since I was 5 years old, I have competed at various competitions across the country up to Pony Club National Champs.

I have been playing hockey since I was 11, I have represented South West Wales and was a member of Wales’ Goal keeping under 18’s goal keeping coaching programme. I am currently a member of the Bournemouth University XI hockey team.

I hope to gain new and different experiences through joining the Lloyd Bell team I am really looking forward to being a member of the team and getting involved various projects with the team throughout the summer!  I am really looking forward to working on the equestrian and hockey events Lloyd Bell are involved with!

Hockey Wales Filming – Lucy’s Blog

Hockey Wales Filming – Lucy’s Blog 

It’s always exciting working with new clients. New clients mean new projects and new projects often mean new challenges. Hockey Wales came to Lloyd Bell for support during the lead up to the Women’s Euro Hockey Championships which will be taking place in Cardiff this August. The governing body have been given a huge opportunity in hosting the tournament and therefore wanted to ensure they were promoting it as much as possible, in order to capitalise on such an opportunity.

We began to brainstorm different ideas around how to best promote the tournament and eventually decided upon running a social media campaign of short films, each encapsulating a different aspect of Hockey Wales.

We worked with Hockey Wales to establish key dates that would enable us to film footage of the Welsh women’s team, but also other individuals who are key to the Hockey Wales family. As we all know in this industry, it’s not as simple as choosing a time and date and all parties being available – so three dates in the diary later, we were ready to rock!

We attended two international training sessions, a club tournament and an international match in order to capture the variety of footage required to portray the real Hockey Wales family. It was great to film with a fantastic group – the squad, the coaches, the volunteers, the background staff – everyone was so enthusiastic which made our job a lot easier!

After weeks of planning, filming and editing, the films turned out fantastic!

We created a total of nine films, which were themed:
- The Hockey Family
- Team Work
- The Coaches
- Volunteers
- Fans
- Playing for the Dragon
- Heroes on Home Soil
- I Love Hockey
- Trivia

The reaction to the films has been great since Hockey Wales have began publishing – which is something we are very proud of!

It was great to see a project through from start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Hockey Wales team!

 

My Royal Ascot – Bobby’s Blog

My Royal Ascot – Bobby’s Blog

Cheltenham Festivals, Grand National, Ebor and St Leger’s, are all meetings I have covered over the years but this year for the first time I was offered the opportunity to cover the five days of the Royal meeting for Lloyd Bell Productions. To say I was excited was an understatement.

I arrived on the Tuesday to 30 degree heat already for the week ahead. I walked round the course taking it all in, it was amazing.

Over the period of the 5 days, I was getting features ahead of racing with a variety of different people from the person in charge of the Ascot shop to the ice cream stall.

When racing had commenced, then it got exciting. Getting interviews with wining connections, previews for the following day and getting the chance to see some of the best horses that dominate the flat season. To say the hours were long, the days went fast, by the time I knew it, it were Saturday evening and time to make the three and half hour journey back home.

There were so many highlights of my time there, a few to mention. I got my first interview with Aidan O’Brien, he was very polite and I were so happy I got the chance to speak to him. Also, it were great to see a fair few Yorkshire trained horses pass the post first especially on the Saturday with Snoano winning the Wolferton, former Great St Wilfrid winner Out Do taking the Wokingham and Oriental Fox recording win number 2 in the Queen Alexandra. And not forgetting Ribchesters’ win in the Queen Anne and Permian winning the King Edward VII.

It was fantastic to be apart of such a fantastic meeting on the racing calendar, already looking forward to next year.

By Bobby Beevers

My first time at the biggest race in the world – Blog

“It’s the biggest race in the world” they said. “You’ve never experienced anything like it” they insisted. “Yeah, sure” I thought.

I’ve been a motorsport fan in one way or the other for as long as I can remember. It started, as it does with plenty of British fans, because my parents were into Formula 1. I would watch race after race on Sunday afternoons as Michael Schumacher dominated in his glorious red Ferrari and my dad “rested his eyes” through the less exciting rounds.

Next came going to my first race tracks. Donington Park, Silverstone, Valencia, Estoril and Sachsenring followed as a fan with an exciting, intoxicating atmosphere at each one better than the last.

Now in covering the Porsche Carrera Cup I’ve visited the best circuits Britain has to offer and there’s a real vibrancy to the British Touring Car race weekends.

But…I’ve never experienced anything like Le Mans.

The most startling thing about the race is the sheer scale of the event. The entire city of Le Mans faces a week-long occupation by racing fans from around the globe and I would be surprised if there was a single can of beer left in the fridges of the supermarkets come Monday morning.

In sporting terms, every moment was a classic. The Carrera Cup proved to be one of the most exciting races I’ve ever seen and immediately I thought “wow, can this be topped if this was just the entree?”.

It was. Drama unfolded at every corner of the main event and witnessing the cars navigate the circuit at night time is genuinely magical and was a real moment for me. By the time the race had finished I had committed to returning one day as a spectator a thousand times over in my head.

To say that you’ve covered an event like Le Mans, to say you were one of the first to interview the winner after the race are just two more ticks in a week where my bucket list took a serious hammering.

I’ve not been to every race in the world but it really is hard to imagine one bigger than this.

Preparation for Royal Ascot Begins!

The homework starts here for one of the biggest challenges of my year, but also one I am honoured to be asked to do- The commentary, broadcast live around the racecourse and beyond of the Royal Procession at Ascot.

One of my most cherished possessions is a painting which hangs above my desk at home of the scene in 2005 when Royal Ascot took at York, as the Landaus swept off the track and into the Royal Enclosure. Two years earlier I had been taken to hospital with a severely twisted arm after the late and much missed Alistair Haggis had persuaded me to give it a go! The rest, as they say, is history and I am humbled that I have been asked to put words to it again this year, more than a decade later.

The homework is intense- Buckingham Palace supply you with a list of 16 names, a little more than 2 hours before the 4 carriages, led by the Windsor Greys turn into the Golden Gates and head down the straight mile. The Royal Standard is raised as the Sovereign’s carriage turns into the paddock as the welcoming party waits to greet her, and the National Anthem is played.

Research throws up many wonderful anecdotes about the Royal guests, who one year included a former Captain of the Scotland Elephant Polo team!

My main sources remain covered by the Official Secrets Act, but let me assure you they do not include a reliance on search engine alone. I treasure the look on the face of an Australian journalist a couple of years ago who told me how thrilled he was that the Queen had the recently retired Catholic Archbishop of Sydney in one of the carriages.

He had told people ‘back home’ and it fell to me to point out that…er…the gentleman in question had his wife with him!!!

The perils of Google reliance!!

The Queens triumphs at Royal Ascot have been amongst my most prized ‘I was there moments’. There’s no pressure on for next week- honest!

By Mike Vince