Not all of us (me included) agree with some of Platini’s theory’s and ideas but I do believe he’s on to something here with this sin bin rule. Personally I wouldn’t like to see a sin bin style sanction at “any level” of football over the age of 16 but I do think it would be a valid rule for kids playing under the age of 16 - discipline is a major factor within football and over the years the game has become more cynical and sportsmanship is dying art. A yellow card seems a bit strong to be given out at that age and I feel maybe being sin binned for 10 to 15 minutes would be more beneficial for their development rather then receiving a card. That 10 to 15 minutes off the pitch would give them time to reflect on their actions and time to cool down which would allow them to come back on to the pitch with a clearer state of mind and less anger.
It’d be great other people’s view on this because it is an interesting topic.
I’ve been apart of some amazing projects, some amazing concepts and met some amazing people. Last week I was working at the Nike Hyperfeel 10 day workshop leading talks and runs which was amazing! I had the chance to work closely with Yuri Suzuki and Ben Drury who are legends in their field of work and many more inspirational personnel. If you would’ve told me that I would be working with them a couple weeks ago I would said “don’t filter my head with nonsense.” Fast forwarding to day 7 of the workshop which was a big day for everyone involved. Now for those who missed what was going on let me bring you up to speed why Thursday was a massive day.
Nike partnered up with interactive duo Hellicar & Lewis to host a groundbreaking live and interactive online broadcast at 1948 featuring a series of artist, musicians and performers and a night run with Run Dem Crew. So yes the event of the night will filmed live and would be streamed worldwide to everyone who logged on. I was asked to be apart of this, my role was to film the run whilst running with RDC. Now how am I going to do that I hear you ask? “Well Shameek, you’re going to wear a mic and have a go pro strapped to your head plus we are going to have a camera on a bike filming the run as well so they cross shots between a what a runners sees on route and the camera man on the bike.”
The day before I tested out the route and what it would be like running with a go pro (which I’m no stranger to) but this time I had a battery packs strapped to my back looking like a virtual android or failed power ranger. It was like running with a small baby on my back, turns out it makes good resistance training (not that I’m advising people to start strapping babies to your backs and start running… No, no) the dummy run went perfect the visuals looked amazing considering we was filming live from a go pro. I was ready, the team was ready…
So going in to the live night I was very excited but also very nervous not because I would be interviewed live, not because I might fall over with the go pro - just simply because filming live off a go pro hasn’t been done before, I wanted to create viewing spectacle and I didn’t want to technology to fail me but the run went amazing well! I was at the back of the group recording everyone as we ran from 1948 to this warehouse in Hackney Wick to meet Olympic GB athlete Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. Once we got to the warehouse me, Charlie Dark (founder of Run Dem Crew) and Harry are lined up on three different tracks, one made of grass, one made of straw and the last lane was made out if sand. We raced each other on the different surfaces trying to set the fastest time. I would love to say that I beat an Olympic athlete… I didn’t but coming second is more than good enough for me.
I don’t think anything sunk in my head in terms of meeting and causally chatting to Harry or whether be the director saying to me “Shameek that’s a wrap!” We did it” but for sure the most surreal moment was when I sitting in the cab with Charlie and Harry in Hackney Wick where I’ve grown up all my life, the hood, the estate, a place where some of my friends lost their lives and for me to bring Harry to the “ends” was a humbling moment and one of my proudest achievements. I could’ve easily shed a tear! It just made me reflect on how far I’ve come, what I want to achieve and the man I’m becoming,
On a whole the experience was amazing, working with Hellicar & Lewis, Tim & Barry to running on a track in a empty warehouse on my doorstep (which should be a permanent feature by the way) with my crew. Life couldn’t get any better could it…