SUFFOLK FA will be breaking new ground with the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Final at Portman Road on Friday being streamed live online.
University student James Watson, who is originally from Beccles, is behind the initiative to stream the final between Bungay Town and Woodbridge Town on the Suffolk FA Facebook page.
The 21-year-old approached Suffolk FA to ask if he could stream the final as his major project for his Digital Television Production degree.
James is in his third and final year at Ravensbourne University in Greenwich, where his major project will count towards 30 per cent of his degree.
He has assembled a crew of more than 30 people to assist him, mainly made up of other students, and will be using at least ten cameras situated around the ground.
James said: “Everyone has been brilliant and so willing to help from day one when I approached (Suffolk FA County Cup Competitions Manager) Adrian Moye.
“Ipswich Town Stadium & Facilities Manager Greg Pillinger has been a lifesaver, and the two clubs have also been very helpful.
“Everyone we have come into contact with has been staggeringly enthusiastic about it and wanted to make it happen.
“The crew has worked on numerous projects prior to this one, from live events spanning over multiple days to television programmes on specialist subjects.
“This will be the largest scale broadcast we will have done as a crew outside of the studio in the university and we are up to the challenge.
“Once the stream has finished it will remain on the Suffolk FA Facebook page and we will also be making digital copies available.”
BBC Radio Suffolk’s David Mann will be providing commentary and coverage of the game will feature replays and graphics.
James has set up a GoFundMe page to contribute towards the cost of the project to cover equipment rental, as well as transport and accommodation for the crew.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund should click here
To visit the Suffolk Facebook page click here