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The Love of the Game

BBC sports presenter Mark Chapman is no longer in his physical prime. There is an argument to suggest he has never been in his physical prime. Now in his forties, he is facing a world of knee replacements and ever-expanding waistlines, whilst his children are thriving.There is huge pride that they are doing so well, mixed with a fair amount of jealousy that actually they are better at a wide range of sport than he ever was. He is passionate about sport and it has played a huge part in his life. His parents encouraged him from a very early age and he wants to pass the baton on to his son and daughters. Although there is every chance he might drop it and have a massive strop instead. He is also very aware of the huge changes in sport today compared to when he was growing up; and he is determined that his own attitude to his son and daughters' sport - be it football, netball, cricket or gymnastics - will be exactly the same. And he wants to shine a light on grass roots sports - the incredible and largely unsung contribution that volunteers make in the sporting commnity, without whom - for example - no professional footballer would be in the game today.Funny, touching, passionate about sport and parenthood, Mark Chapman paints sport as a touchstone for everything important: growing up, becoming a parent, enjoying family time, getting old, learning how to win (and how to lose gracefully), the legacy we all hope to leave our children; in short, life and all that goes into it.
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Mark Chapman has been a professional(ish) broadcaster since 1996. He worked as a continuity announcer and cricket report (though not at the same time) before joining Radio 1. After a decade presenting the station's sport and cack-handedly deejaying its weekend shows, he joined BBC Radio 5 Live. Now a fully-fledged grown-up, he is the main presenter of 5Live Sport as well as the Monday Night Club. Thanks to the wonders of make-up, he is allowed on television to present Match of the Day 2, as well as the BBC's Olympics, Rugby League and NFL coverage. He lives in Cheshire with his wife, son and two daughters. @markchapman

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