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The Match of the Day society have recently launched their new On the Bench podcast.

Having now released three episodes, the podcast is off to a flyer. We caught up with Abi, the president of the Match of the Day society, to get the lowdown on all things "On the Bench".

So first of all, can you give me a brief history on the Match of the Day Society...

We’re a brand new society that was established in at the beginning of this academic year. A few friends decided that there wasn’t a society within the SU that was football orientated and we felt that this could be something that a lot of people would be interested in. We now have 42 members within the society which is absolutely amazing. Our aim was to unite football fans together to discuss everything about football. By having a female president I think it’s great to promote equality in that respect and encourage more females to get into football.

Why did you begin the "On the Bench" podcast and where did the name come from?

We had the idea of starting a podcast in the works for quite a while but never really knew how to get it going. Quite a few members were interested in participating in this so we gained for great advice from Abi Brown to help us get started. From there we were able to establish what format to recorded this on and felt that Microsoft teams was the best. The name “On the Bench” and the design of the logo was voted by members. Tyler Bourke, a member of the society came up with names as well as the logos which were then selected.

How often is the podcast recorded?​​​​​​​

The podcast is recorded once a week on a Tuesday. It is then edited if needed by a media student within the society. It is then uploaded to our YouTube channel ‘Match of the Day Society’ every Wednesday.​​​​​​​

 Give us an example of the topics you cover during your podcast?​​​​​​​

Some topics we have discussed includes: The use of VAR in the Premiership and the possible introduction in the championship, equality in football, Regional and Premier League XI teams, transfers and more.

Why should students listen to the podcast?

I think the podcast opens up a lot of avenues and it’s great for students to discuss topics that are currently spoken about in the media. I think allowing students to express their opinions on any topic in football is always great to have a debate on. Football is arguably the biggest sport in the UK and seeing the different sides to students opinions really opens up a new perception on things.

Why would you recommend students doing similar activities such as podcasts?

I think starting up a podcast with any society would really get members actively involved especially during the current lockdown restrictions. It’s a great way to get to know your members and their views on a lot of things. I think it really helps keep students minds focused on something if they’re going to be on the podcast for that week. The topics that are going to be discussed are told to each student prior to the recording so it allows members to do some research on these areas. Ultimately, it’s a great way to bring together your society virtually and getting to know one another without physically being able to meet.

If you are interested in checking out the "On the Bench" podcast, you can click here to link to their YouTube channel, where content is uploaded every Wednesday.

Alternatively, if you want to find out more about the Match of the Day society, you can find them on Instagram here.

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