A New Look

Five years since the launch of bencroucher.co.uk, I am delighted to present an exciting and refreshing new look.

The website has been having a bit of a snooze since February (which may or may not have something to do with me breaking it) but the supremely talented folk at 5or6 have given it a little TLC, nursed it back to full health and given the whole site a bit of a facelift. A huge, huge thanks to James Robertson and Ryan McNamara for their patience and expertise in designing such a top website.

I think the site has really taken a positive step forward with a crisp, simple design and with everything a little bit easier to find. The dark look of old has been updated with lots of white and a brand new logo and identity that I’ll be using across personal and social media platforms.

Thank you 5or6!

So what have I been up to in the last 6 months or so?Ben reporting at Manchester City Academy

It’s been busy for sure. I have continued producing plenty of content for BBC Sport and BBC News, and have had the chance to produce my own bespoke packages for Saturday Sportsday and Victoria Derbyshire. It’s been really rewarding to be given the freedom and support to come up with the ideas and then follow them through to the small screen. You can read how an idea goes from conception to creation here.

I have also joined BBC Radio 5live Sports Extra’s commentary team for the Women’s Super League in 2015. The sport is massively on the rise in the country and I’m really lucky to be a part of the change. I’ve done a couple of games so far this year, kicking the season off with Aston Villa versus Everton in WSL2 and commentating alongside one of my favourite England players Karen Carney. More recently, I covered Chelsea Ladies versus Manchester City Women alongside Bristol goalkeeper and Loughborough girl Mary Earps.

In addition to producing sports bulletins on BBC Radio 5live, I am now broadcasting too, predominantly the late and overnight bulletins from 2200 until 0430. It’s a real thrill to get that buzz back of live radio and the pressure of hitting your times and interacting with reporters around the world. It’s also nice to be Ben Croucher commentating Mary Earps on BBC Radio 5live Sports Extracreative with your own scripts and get a bit of personality across the airwaves. They’ve been well received so far and I’m keen to keep progressing on a such a well respected platform. I’m also regularly producing the Friday Sports Panel with Eleanor Oldroyd on 5live.

My audiboom page will be updated regularly with my various radio antics – you can find it here.

A terrific project called Switch the Play, which aims teach young sportspeople about the value of education and life outside of sport, is something which I am proud to now be working with. The brains behind Switch the Play are some of the very best in the country when it comes to sports development and coach education and they have recruited some hugely successful national and international sportspeople to become ambassadors and promote their message. I’ll be working alongside them with their case studies and copywriting and would encourage you to follow an innovative and growing concept.

During Wimbledon, I had another new role to learn in continuity announcing. Pronouncing names like Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova can send shivers down the spines of most broadcasters, myself included, but I had to master them and plenty more in being that friendly voice that greeted viewers on the BBC Red Button. It was fantastic to work in a new team and develop some different skills in a live environment. The couple of days I did were immensely enjoyable.Ben providing continuity during Wimbledon 2015

Personally, I am back training for a couple of triathlons and duathlons before the end of the year. I’m also playing Saturday league cricket for Cheadle Hulme CC 2XI, although a torn pectoral muscle has somewhat curtailed much of my participation! And with the winter months coming up, the BBC football team The Quays FC will also be receiving some of my mediocre defending as my refereeing goes on hold for a second season.

Thanks for stopping by to read this. Any feedback on the site, please feel free to get in touch via ben@bencroucher.co.uk.

All the best

Ben