My name is Sam Gascoyne and I’m an Account Manager here at Square in the Air! It’s my job to make sure all of the B2B clients I look after are happy by providing them with top quality content week-in week-out, making sure the rest of the world knows what they’re getting up to!
Realistically, the first three things I usually do would be to hit snooze several times before begrudgingly hauling myself out of bed. Once I’m actually up and I’ve showered and drowned myself in tea I’m usually good to go. Before starting work I’ll take a few moments to catch up on Twitter to see what’s going on in the world of sport, this is followed by a mooch about on LinkedIn, a social media platform that’s fast becoming my favourite - I’m not sure what that says about me though!
I’m lucky to work with some incredible clients, particularly those from the world of online slots. Relax Gaming is one of the biggest names in the industry right now and it’s a real pleasure to look after their PR. I can’t wait to see them all in person, they’re a fantastic team with real ambition! I’m also looking forward to catching up with the likes of Vivo Gaming, an award-winning Live Casino provider who we’ll be doing some filming and photography with over the course of the week in Barcelona.
Being a football reporter is nowhere near as glamorous as people like to think it is, it’s a lot of strict deadlines and angry phone calls from sub-editors when they’ve not received their match report within 5 minutes of the full-time whistle being blown! That said, it’s one hell of a fun job. I was lucky enough to regularly cover the likes of Leicester, Wolves, Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Derby County and Nottingham Forest, amongst others. In terms of most memorable moments… I once got into a heated debate with former Leicester and current Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson in a post-match press conference, he called me a stupid idiot in front of a room full of journalists. When he left the room it exploded with cheers and applause and I didn’t hear the end of it for weeks. Nigel never apologised!
That’s a tough question, because I have a bad habit of blowing more than I can realistically afford on watching live sports and I’ve been fortunate to experience some great sporting events. If I had to pick it would be watching PSG lift the French league title earlier this year. I got to see the likes of Mbappe, Messi, Neymar, Ramos and Di Maria all play in the same squad. If not that, it would be seeing Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, there was a mix-up with tickets on the day and I ended up being seated in VIP, it was an experience I’ll never forget! In terms of what’s next, I’ve just booked flights to go to Milan next year for the Milan derby at the San Siro, however my dream sporting event would be the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November as I’m a HUGE Formula One fan.
Lewis Hamilton, on a race weekend in Monaco without a shadow of a doubt! I can barely drive in a straight line most of the time, so to have the talent he has for just a day would be incredible. Not only would I get the thrill of driving one of the most advanced cars ever made at 200+ mph, but I’d also get to enjoy the millionaire lifestyle staying in the best hotels, eating the best food.
Lego is something I’ve only recently gotten into and it’s hugely cathartic for me! I grew up seeing those huge lego sets such as the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars and I always wanted to build one, but they’re ridiculously expensive… But now I’m in my thirties and there’s nobody to stop me blowing my money on elaborate Lego sets! I’m currently working my way through a set of lego sports cars, my latest creation was a 1970s Ferrari 512… I’m coming for that Millennium Falcon though!
The late 90s and early 00s were the absolute best times to be young in my opinion (I'm sure some of my colleagues will argue otherwise)! It was a time in which technology was booming and millennials were the first generation to enjoy the Internet, portable devices and modern games consoles! It’s a tough question, but for me it’s a toss-up between the Nintendo 64 and the MP3 player. Everyone wanted to be your friend when you rocked up to school with the latest Now That's What I Call Music! Album downloaded.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness!