Author Archives: Matt Jones

Jay Jay Okocha – Manchester Dinner

GamePlan Solutions was briefed by event agency Legends7 to secure Bolton Wanderers and Nigeria legend Jay Jay Okocha for a dinner at Bolton Whites Hotel.

Jay Jay travelled in from Nigeria especially, for what was a highly anticipated event. He mixed with fans, posed for photos and after dinner took to the stage for what was a very entertaining and insightful Q&A.

Ben Cohen – Volunteer Expo Live

On Friday 5th May Ben Cohen went down very well as a guest speaker at Volunteer Expo Live at the Birmingham NEC.

Volunteer Expo Live is all about connecting communities and bringing together a cross section of society under one roof.

Broadcaster and Paralympian Ade Adepitan led Ben in a Q&A, speaking about how volunteers supported him as an up and coming rugby player, along with the invaluable role that volunteers play in his own charity, The StandUp Foundation.

Other speakers included, Olympic sailing champion and environmental advocate Hannah Mills and broadcaster/Crisis UK Ambassador Ayo Akinwolere.

Speakers – What’s On – Volunteer Expo

David Seaman and Helen Skelton Open New GO Outdoors Store in Swindon

A brand new GO Outdoors store opened in Swindon with an official ribbon cutting event by David Seaman and Helen Skelton.

There was a queue around the block well before opening time, with customers eager to meet David and Helen and be in with a chance to receive a goody bag and enter the prize draw.

The pair signed autographs ahead of participating in a Q&A

The brand-new store will add to the vast estate of GO Outdoors stores across the UK, with free and easy parking, it will be the go-to destination in Swindon for outdoor enthusiasts, stocking everything from the latest tents and camping equipment, to waterproof jackets, walking boots, bikes, rucksacks and more. 

With over 65 stores, GO Outdoors are one of the UK’s biggest and most loved outdoors retail chains. The company is well known around the UK for offering unbeatable in-store ranges of quality outdoor equipment and clothing. They have recently seen sales increasing, as people continue their love affairs with the outdoors, gained in the lockdowns. This positive news bucks the gloomier trend in retail recently.

Ray Parlour – Rugby League World Cup 2021 – Emirates Stadium

March 29th sees the 200 days to go until the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) makes a real impact across the nation when England take on Samoa in the tournament’s opening fixture at St James’ Park, Newcastle on 15th October 2022.

To commemorate the milestone , the tournament is undertaking a 48-hour trophies tour of the 18 host towns and cities in celebration of a 48-hour ticket upgrade offer. The offer will allow fans to buy a Category C ticket for the Emirates Stadium fixture and be upgraded to Category B.

The tour started in Newcastle with RLWC2021 ambassador Jason Robinson plus local names, and culminated at the Emirates Stadium, London on Wednesday 30th March with Arsenal and England football legend, Ray Parlour, that GamePlan contracted for this appearance.

The Emirates Stadium will host a men’s semi-final and it will be the first non-football match to be played at the venue. If England make the semi-final stage, as is anticipated, they will play in the match. They are likely to face Tonga, however, they could also face Wales, Papua New Guinea or Cook Islands. The venue has had rugby league posts installed in preparation for the game on Saturday 12th November, 2022, kick-off 1430.

Ray undertook a batch of interviews and photography to assist with making a splash.

David Seaman – England v Switzerland – Wembley

Saturday 26th March England hosted Switzerland in a friendly at Wembley Stadium. Working alongside some other stars such as; Emile Heskey, Ray Parlour and Paul Merson, David was called upon by the FA to be part of their hospitality programme. David mixed with guests in the One Twenty Club pre game, followed by the Bobby Moore suite post game, as well as undertaking a pre-game pitch-side interview.

Kyran Bracken – Paris

With England taking on France in the 6 Nations, Kyran was once again booked by England Rugby Travel to join a trip to Paris. ERT had arranged a special event for a collection of their most valued customers in the capital.

Kyran, along with fellow Rugby World Cup Winner Will Greenwood, entertained guests on a delightful Seine dinner cruise, on the eve of le Crunch.

Martin Offiah – Boxpark

The Boxparks; continue to be very popular locations to enjoy sporting events. The fantastic variety of street food, the bar and entertainment create a wonderful atmosphere.

As expected, for the Rugby 6 Nations they were full of excited fans. GamePlan engaged Rugby legend Martin Offiah to attend the Wembley and Croydon sites to bring some stardust and interact with fans. Martin was at Wembley for the Eng v Ire gamed then Croydon for France v Eng. After mixing with guests pre game, he took to the stage for a match preview and post-game returned for analysis.