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England v Rest of the World

On Saturday 16 September, Sid Sims from Explosive Productions and I had the great pleasure of representing our country at the home of English football, St Georges Park.

 

As the official training facility for all of the England national teams, it was fantastic to have the opportunity to visit and play at such a significant venue.  Sid kindly invited me to accompany him to play in a full 11 a side match against a ‘Rest of the World’ team who had travelled from Bristol to take part in what was set to be a tough match.

 

Explosive Productions formed in 2004 and provide a diverse range of bespoke entertainment solutions to all areas of the entertainment industry.  The wonderful entertainment showcased at our Platinum Ball was courtesy of Sid and his team and as longstanding clients of David Allen I was delighted to share the experience and attend this once in a lifetime opportunity with Sid.

 

The pitch at St Georges Park that we played on is an exact replica in size as the pitch at Wembley Stadium, where England play their home games.  Our team lined up pre-kick off and proudly sang along to our national anthem ‘God Save the Queen’ which was such a surreal moment that I will never forget. Our opponents followed us singing Pavarotti’s ‘Nessun Dorma’.

 

The lucrative prize for the day’s winners was a replica of the World Cup, and despite playing against a much younger and fitter team, the match proved a battle right to the final whistle.  The ‘Rest of the World’ side had the advantage of previously playing together, while our team had only just met for the first time a few hours prior to kick off.  Unphased our team formed together and put on a great display of football.

 

The first half was littered with what I felt were dubious refereeing decisions in the oppositions favour, had the goal line technology been working I believe we may have seen a different result!  We went into half time 3:1 down, and despite a strong second half performance we ended up losing the game 4:3.  Graceful in defeat we congratulated our opponents and thanked them for a great match.

 

As a memento of the day I was able to keep the England kit that I had played in which is certainly something I will treasure and show my grandchildren in the future.

 

I would like to thank Sid at Explosive Productions again for an amazing day.  We look forward to working collaboratively with Explosive Productions in the future as both our businesses continue to flourish.  At David Allen we operate like a family with a culture that is very different to most, this extends to our relationships with our clients and we recognise this is the best way to do business.

 

Steve Balmer

Posted: September 19th, 2017