Steve Hall

Steve Hall

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Cycling through England and Wales to see YOU!

(My "ordinary" profile is below but between May and September 2010 I am doing something "extraordinary") Hi, My name is Steve Hall. I am a Brit who lives in Spain and who loves football. My plan is to cycle to all the 92 football league clubs in England and Wales between May and September 2010. This blog follows my progress. I have currently completed 78 grounds .... so just a very few to do. Why am I doing this? My aim is very clear. 1) I want to help to raise awareness for the world's 45 million refugees. I am not looking to raise money. I am simply focused on raising the level of awareness for this huge global issue. 2) I have been a member of Ecademy for over four years and I have thoroughly enjoyed my life "on the outside" I have decided that now it is time to commit. Whilst I am cycling through the UK, I aim to meet A MINIMUM of 1,000 Ecademists and if you are in England or Wales I hope to see you. Why, I realise that there is much to Ecademy that I am not benefiting from, I "get" Ecademy but have not, in all honesty "got" Ecademy. Meeting you all will be the icing on the cake! During the summer of 2009 I started to help my great friend and former professional footballer Bjorn Heidenstrom on his mission to cycle from Oslo to South Africa to raise awareness of the world's 45 million refugees who have no home and little hope. His chosen partner is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees He is currently in Tanzania after 9 months of cycling through Europe/Africa) I introduced him to Ecademy (please say "hi" and spent 6 weeks in Spain as his back-up). How does he raise awareness? Simple, he collects shirts from all the clubs he visits and encourages those he can't get to to forward their shirt. They will be sewn together to form the world's biggest ever shirt which will be on display during the World Cup in South Africa this summer. The Guinness Book of Records have been advised and Steve and Bjorn have already received massive support from FIFA, UEFA and hundreds of clubs from the VERY biggest (Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool etc) to the most humble level 7 clubs in hamlets in deepest Latvia. The media awareness has been ENORMOUS and several Ecademists have had a key role. I must thank in particular Penny Power and Cornelis/Jan in the Benelux. Without their support I fear Björn´s task would have been much more difficult. THANKS! Back to me, I feel that I have been blessed in life and aside from surviving a few ex-wives and a few health scares over the past twenty years, life has been sweet I have been moved by Bjorn's mission and so I have taken up the mantle himself, to raise awareness of the mammoth task that exists for refugees all around the world. There are 45 million - they outnumber the population of Spain! So, on May 20th at the London Ecademy meeting I am off on my bike to help support Bjorn's cause and re-enforce his efforts. My objective is to travel to England and Wales and visit all the 92 football league grounds ("doing the 92" as it is called), starting in London and finishing at the Ecademy cricket match in Southend on September 5th. I´ll be cycling some 30-40 miles per day cycling over 3,000 miles! I am NOT looking to raise money. That is NOT what the UNHCR wants. My aim is to create awareness. I gave my first newspaper interview this week and I think the Coastrider quoted me well, "So how can you help? Steve is not asking you to put your hand in your pocket and give to charity. His only requirement is to cover his expenses, which he estimates at around £20 per day. His plan of action is to start in London where he is meeting representatives of the Premier League, the Football League, the Football Association and the Football Conference, to collect their endorsements. Once completed it's time to hit the road and visit all the 92 league grounds in the English League (and many other semi-pro/amateur grounds along the way). Although Steve had ambitions to play professional football as a kid and also played Rugby League at a good standard, he's the first to admit that for the last 30-years his athleticism has been mainly chasing debtors and stepping out to get a breath of fresh air from behind a computer screen! Steve says "What would be great is if I can meet football supporters and those concerned about the refugee issue as I travel through England and Wales. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible en route and if you can supply me with a signed Football or T-Shirt from your local team, that will be added to those already collected and join the World's Largest Ever T-Shirt at this year's World Cup. Ecademist Pete Clark has kindly provided and hosted my "Doing the 92" web-site and I will use Ecademy, FaceBook and Twitter (@doingthe92) for regular updates." If you'd like to become involved, meet with Steve, supply a shirt, help with the logistics, introduce him to local media, TV, radio, newspapers, provide a bed for the night, a hot cuppa tea or a bottle of water, all and any help would be appreciated. This is where YOU come in! Steve continues, "We have learned much from Björn's trip and the fact is that it is not the cycling that is the most difficult. No, it's everything else. It's local knowledge, it's advice on where and when to meet football fans, it's access to wifi or a sofa. It's sending a fax or uploading some photos and most important, we need shirts. New, old, worn, torn! It does not matter. We just need shirts in numbers. Please find one, sign it and get your friends/team-mates to sign it and send it off to the address below. I need to meet fans as I travel the country. I need to hear your stories about the teams you love and I need to tell you my story about the refugees. If you have a spare bed/sofa/somewhere to shower that would be great too! I need contacts with all the local newspapers and radio stations as I travel the country. If you have a contact at any newspaper group or in a local radio station I would really appreciate it. I can do exclusive content for your site, magazine or club. "How far has my shirt got this week?" If you have contacts at schools, churches, clubs/charities where I can give a talk that would be fantastic. It does not matter whether it is two, two hundred or two thousand, I would be happy to meet them Finally, please do the most simple thing. Tell your friends about this project and this site. Send them an email, send them a text or contact your friends on Facebook, Twitter etc." And so; Steve Hall, a man with his own mission to help in whatever small way he can to raise awareness of the plight of the world's refugees, all of whom could use a little help from you and I. For more information please visit www.theshirt2010.co.uk and send any shirts to The Shirt, 1 Shipley Road, Tynemouth, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, ENGLAND, NE30 2SB or give them to Steve in person during his trip." So, Ecademists, I am coming to see you. I will be at numerous Ecademy events throughout the four months and if you are within striking distance of any of the 92 grounds PLEASE get in touch and we can have a coffee or a water. I look forward to getting at least ONE THOUSAND signatures on the Ecademy shirt!

Spain

My key area of expertise is placing products or services into the expat markets of Spain. Successful projects to date include insurance, telephony, alarms, language courses and exhibition services. I have big networks of end users and distributors among expat residents especially on the Costa Blanca. I am always happy to discuss any potential activity with this user group. I have tried to help many of the thousands of British and Northern Europeans who emigrate to Spain to settle in - we have organised Newcomers Clubs meetings, forums, free Spanish lessons and expat exhibitions. I have written extensively about life as " a new immigrant" in the expat press and I am regularly interviewed on English-language radio. The backbone of this is an English language portal www.thisisspain.info which I have developed over many years and which I am trying to expand into a respected source of information about expat life in Spain. I am always looking for additional content and I am always happy to offer all Ecademy members free links or editorial space to www.thisisspain.info Just send me any links, articles, anything. As long as it relates to Spain or the Spanish it has a place on the site. No cost - my pleasure. Obviously, I am always looking for quality links to other appropriate sites. Please contact me if you can oblige. I am also currently launching eight new Spanish property portals in English, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, German and French. I would welcome contact with any professional estate agents who are active in the Spanish property market. The English language and the Spanish language sites are nearing completion www.searchspainonline.info www.todaslascasas.net the Scandinavian sites will follow soon. I am working on the admin for Bjorn Heidenstrom who is cycling from Oslo to South Africa to raise awareness of the plight of 4 million refugees. This incredible journey will cover 50+ countries over 10 months and will end with the shirt being flown high and proud at the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Now, every single Ecademist can help. We are looking to sew together a HUGE shirt from 1000s of individual shirts from around the world. You are NOT being asked for a single cent, penny or rupee. Just your wishes .....and contacts at ANY soccer club ANYWHERE in the world. Please check Bjorn Heidenstrom to learn more of this incredible project. We also want to know how to say "good luck" and "football" in 2010 languages. I'll kick off with "Mucha suerte, lycka till, bonne chance, viel glück" Much of this above costs me money so I indulge my other passion -- video - in the commercial world. Video is BIG 11,5 Billion videos were watched online in March 2008. * US Internet users viewed 11.5 billion videos online during the month of March 2008, a 13% net gain over February 2008 and over 64% gain over 12 months ago. * 139 Million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 83 videos per viewer in March 2008. * 73.7% of the total U.S. Internet Audience viewed video online during the month of March. * 84.8 million viewers watched 4.3 billion videos on YouTube, alone! Are you taking advantage of this extraordinary growth? How can video e-mail revolutionise your business? Quite simply video e-mail allows you to spend more face time with your customers .......................without leaving your desk. It has endless applications - a product or service launch, details of special offers, social greetings, updating contact lists, keeping in regular contact with customers/prospects, promoting your brand................ The list just goes on. Not only is this affordable but you can SAVE YOU MONEY too by proving to yourself what works and what does not work from your current advertising. I have a special offer to all Ecademy members: I will make a personalised template for you incorporating your logo, banner, url and contact details so you can test the power of video email AT ZERO COST for one week. You can send out 5,000 video e-mails to promote your business completely free of charge and with absolutely no commitment. This will enable you to see some of the more obvious benefits of video e-mail and how it can improve your business Steve Hall

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Ingar Hagen

"Steve is a true Networker and I can't thank him enough for the things he have helped me with over the last few years. Steve has learned me to understand the power of networking, and that he also is a true gentleman helps :-) I can strongly reccomend Steve for just about anything!"

Sally K Witt

"I have known Steve for years from great networking here on Ecademy. I am so impressed with his knowledge and services for people moving to Spain from other cultures. Great to connect with you again Steve! "

Andreas Wiedow

"I know Steve exclusively from his online activity until now and the first crossing way back was more of a clash than anything else. That slowly changed over time and took kinda U-turn last year when we learned more about each other through a mutual interest in Groupon like activities. Following that and during the phase of prelaunch of one of my ventures he proved to be a big supporter who even expanded to introducing me to one of his acquaintances to explore mutual business opportunities. I think when you deal with Steve you come to deal with a straight forward person who values his time very much. So don't waste it. Talk straight. My impression. Thank you, Steve, for teaching me a lesson."

Milton Rodrigues

" Steve Hall is an everyday Joe, but a Real SuperMan in my opinion ! His 3000 Mile Cycle Ride to raise Awareness for World Refugees was followed by many on Ecademy... and we all shared in his completing this marathon successfully ! Steve...You're definitely one of my Real-Life Heroes !"

Melinda M. Sörensson

"I have known Steve for a while, I do not quite remember how long but in all of our correspondences he has been very polite and conscientious and I am glad to be in his circle. Melinda M. Sorensson"

Derek Williams

"Steve has proved to be a good network (and personal) friend since our paths crossed within ecademy and he has proved a great help and support. He is tireless in the pursuit of high standards and generous in his active assistance. Thanks for everything Steve and great good luck in all you undertake. You deserve it! Derek"

Tom (THE HARRIER!) Brown

"I have known Steve for a long while now on Ecademy. I asked him for some help a few days ago and he came back to me with the information I needed and thus avoided what could have been an expensive exercise. I therefore recommend that you connect with Steve as he is someone you can trust and rely upon Thanks once again Steve Regards Tom www.ConceptPromotions.com"

fiona pitt-kethley

"Steve is a top guy. He has helped so many people I know in Spain."

Lydia Michelle Habets

"Dear Steve, Thank you for connecting with me on Ecademy. I'm looking forward to share some ideas or doing buisness with you in the future. You van contact me directly at: info@dletamarman.com asd we will be pleased to assist you in any kind. Kind regards, L.M. Habets"

Asghar Ali Khatau

"I am honoured to be connected to your network I look forward to our closer friendship and mutual business relationship. Asghar Ali www.rinenterprises.com "

Robert WoW De Souza

" WoW what a man with so much talent and a great networker. I have known Steve for many years now and have seen him rise to the top when he put his mind to it. He is also smart as he moved to Spain to avoid the cold winters here in the UK and then started his publication business with great success. I am happy to be part of his network and wish Steve every success. "

Ramesh Shankerlal

"Wish you a journey full of Success in 2009! ……….. I recommend one and all in my network as well as outside, in this Ecademy to connect with you, and have you as a contact in their network. I look forward to network with you for discussing business that is legal and profitable as well as mutually beneficial for both of us Best Wishes"

Nilesh Roy

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Lutti Anderholm

"Fantastic people and networker like Steve symbolize what ecademy´s all about!! Be sure to connect with him! Lutti"

Susanne Hottendorff

"Hola! Feliz navidad y un prospero año nuevo! Susanne www.susanne-hottendorff.com"

Bux "Opening Doors" Shayeb

"Hi Steve, Thank you for connecting! Remember, 'if you are going to think, you might aswell thing BIG!' Bux Shayeb www.itrade-uk.com Head Trader "

Antuori Yan

"Really helpful, kind and ready to help others. One of the most valuables contacts that one can meet in Ecademy. Thank you Steve!"

Zahir shamsery

"May I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Regards, Zahir shamsery "

Zahir shamsery

"Dear friend, Thank you very much for your kind co operation. It is my honor to be a friend of yours. Honestly, it is a grate honor. Surely I am here in Ecademy for business but simultaneously looking to different people from different culture, faith and professional verticals. Friendship is one of the ways to remove hatter from mankind's mind. I am not author, I can not express my honest feeling, I wish to read and learn. Communication can play a great role to make the world friendly. A true friend can do a lot for other friend. You can get my brief profile here: http://sta.rtup.biz/profile/Zahirshamsery Here is my primary e mail address : shamsery@yahoo.com Wish you will mail me. Kind regards, Zahir "

Starr-Leaha Therrien

"A random and chance meeting but clearly meant to be. I am certain that the information that is being provided is going to assist me in moving my business forward. I'm grateful that our paths have crossed. "

Keith Whitney

"Have known Steve for a few years on line look forward to meet one day 4 real always very supportive "

Tina Jonasen

"Having known Steve for years online, but have yet to meet him IRL - I still see him as one of the best networkers that I know ! He is always ready to help people, support them by commenting on their blogs and forum threads, giving advice from his fantastic experience, sharing his inner circle network etc. etc. Steve really understand our motto here; WINNING BY SHARING !! On top of that he is a very warm, kind and funny man - who is surely on the top of my of people to visit in the future !! HIGLY RECOMMENDED!!! ThinkInNewAreas Ecademy Denmark "

Ashraf Mohamed

"when I contacted Steve I wanted to improve networking skills and work on the way I integrated my values into my professional life. I ask Steve for help because I knew he would not only coach me professionally but show me areas personally that affect my professional performance and my life in general, If you'd like to know more about the value of working with Steve, I'd be happy to speak with you via email, He is Great Networker , Thank you Steve and wish you all the best"

Claudia Ortiz-Fonseca

"Steve was very helpful with valuable tips for expanding my business. Great person and excelent networker!!!. I would highly recommend having Steve as part of your network. "

Peter Rutland

"What a nice chap! most helpful, knowledgeable and interesting"

Garry Holland

"I have known Steve for a little while now and he was the first person to invite me onto here as well as LinkedIn. He is always there to help out, give advice and very easy to get on with. An ideal person to have on your network."

Anna-Karin Lingham

"Steve has helped me with his time and competence in a very generous way. I am very happy to be connected. Thank you, Steve."

Graham Hunt

"Not only is Steve a great networker and a good ideas person he also knits together many threads of business and gives recommendations and contacts that work. Extremely happy to have Steve in my network and I am sure we will be working together on lots of stuff very soon"

Gabrielle Van der velde

"amazing guy! with great technology!!! I for one willl certainly endorse his product and his heartfelt sentiments gabrielle"

Claudia Ortiz-Fonseca

"Steve is a great person !!! Very helpful, active and open to new ideas and projects. It's a pleasure to network with him. Highly Recomended :):)"

Nigel Salmon

"Steve is a top person, always looking to give without expecting to receive, a rare thing indeed, heaps of know how and the ability to see "for miles" - the jigsaw man....don't abuse his gift - thanks Steve for your great help so far, Nigel"

Johan Dhaenens

"He is a real networker. He is open to listen and ready to help you"

Lingaraj Ra

"Steve is a wise and nice social networker. I am happy to his connecting. Best wishes from Lingaraj :)"

Graham Hunt

"Steve is the consumate networker. Always ready to help out, put forward a good contact for you to talk to or just give damn good advice. Connect with Steve if you want to do anything remotely connected with Spain as he will be able to help you out."

Simon Harris

"Seems like a nice guy, very direct and businesslike. He's got an excellent webpage and what's more, he's into football. I look forward to working with him in the future."

Bent O. PALMVANG

"I recommend everybody to connect with Steve, if you want to have a serious, honest and interesting discussion, that will open your eyes to new points of view and exploit your never-ending capability of learning. "

Amanda Hamilton

"Loyal. Honest. Hardworking. Filled with Integrity. Authentic. Steve is a genuinely wonderful man who will stand by you and support you when you need it most. Thank you Steve."

Jenny Popplewell

"A great guy - very hepful and a leading expert on life in Spain! Jenny"

Terri Grant

"Steve, thanks for contacting me, for the great humour :-) and the video clips! Much appreciated. T"

Andreja Lajh

"What a wonderful person! Extremelly energetic, positive, with a great sense of humor and always ready for new business possibilities. Open, kind and active. A great networker, great businessman and great human. Pleasure to be in touch with you, Steve."

Victor Marques

"Thanks a lot Steve Hall for being in my network of fantastic people that love to help others to achieve what they dream about... Life is about helping others ....farming and planting seeds... Douro Valley is waiting for you... I raise my full glass of wine to you and the ones that you love! Kindest regards from the best region for Port Wine... Victor Marques"

Patricia Susan Garau

"Met Steve for the first time this weekend......I am a newby to Ecademy, but Steve has made me feel very welcome in this club. Face to face he is very funny, and extremely interesting, full of very helpful information, and is not shy in sharing it. Thanks Steve for helping make Sunday a great day. Sue "

David VanAmburg

"Steve goes out of his way to provide personal assistance of great value to the people he interacts with. I would highly recommend his video email services, and his support for English speaking folks looking to locate or do business is Spain. Thanks, Steve for your insights and help."

Amanda Hamilton

"I met Steve for the first time this weekend when he took the trouble to visit us ..... and I cannot let the moment pass without leaving him a further testimonial ... Steve is funny, serious, helpful and kind ... his genuine desire to support and give care to his extremely wide circle of friends and acquaintances is a great gift. I feel privileged to have met him in person."

Amanda Hamilton

"What I find absolutely amazing about Steve is that he doesn't miss a trick. He is kind, thoughtful, extremely helpful and a brilliant connector and always sees the things that I have missed. I would be lost without that! Thank you Lovely Man! Amanda xx"

Carl Willy Carlsson

"This is a person with good ideas and a connection to Sweden so I recommend him as a contact in your network. CWC"

Jorge García Gil

"Thank You We'll keep in touch:-) Jorge"

Tina Jonasen

"Just wanted to let you know how much I value our friendship here, in hope of mutual benefit of our future network together ! I now got fully settled in here in Denmark and work fulltime online, so: Remember that my inbox is always open, if I can assist you in any way !!! Have a great week, all the best Tina Jonasen www.worlddect.com"

Gitte Lund

"What on earth has happend here - I thought I´d made a testimonial for Steve ages ago......at least I should have ! Steve Hall - a man who stick to his word, who say a lot of words (fortunately ;)), who always are there when you need help, who always help before you even ask for it, who are a fab networker, who are so respectful, who are so playful, who are so full of integrety, who are so great in the Ecademy Denmark forum, who have loads of danish friends because of his fantastic way of being in the Ecademy Denmark Club ....and I could say much more (as usual :)) but......PM me for more praising on Steve if you need it...I can promise I can say a lot more ;) Another thing - why not hurry up - connect with Steve ....now ;) Steve - thanks for being who you are and the way you are..... ;) Hugs and XXX Gitte"

Yvette Lissman

"hansk for your quick and vey useful mail in regards to my request! Very kind and loving ! And funny too.. :-)"

Jesvir Mahil

"I spoke with Steve on a Business Mastermind call today and got the distinct impression that he is a masterful networker. Within hours of our call he had connected me with one of his contacts with whom I have much in common. That's what I love about natural networkers...they just keep on making random connections with a spirit of generosity that is quite refreshing. Thank you Steve...I hope that I will be able to reciprocate the favour in due course! :) :)"

Caroline Slater

"Thanks for your advice Steve, much appreciated - and point taken! Caroline "

Rajesh Semrete Selassie Aggarwal

"Sincerely Appreciate your kind offer of help & support. God Bless You Steve, with all that your heart desireth. Universal Love Rajesh You can download 3 Great songs and a Video from this website for free - www.connectingroutes.co.uk raj@connectingroutes.co.uk r.aggarwal@ntlworld.com +44 (0) 1785 256797 07837 895052"

Gareth Parkes

"A great contact"

Arthur Kendall

"Fast. Action. That's what I like to see on Ecademy. Thanks, Steve. Still a bit jealous of you being in Spain and me back here in the UK, but with what we've started together, maybe that will change soon! He's also got even more 'scars on the arse' than me! Arthur :)"

Arthur Kendall

"Fast. Action. That's what I like to see on Ecademy. Thanks, Steve. Still a bit jealous of you being in Spain and me back here in the UK, but with what we've started together, maybe that will change soon! He's also got even more 'scars on the arse' than me! Arthur :)"

Garry Pierrepont

"Great to deal with Steve, who called me from Spain. We had a lot of football in common!"

Deanna Derbyshire

"What a guy!!! Steve is a genuinely kind, giving and caring man. Thanks Steve for all your kindess and help, much appreciated. Deanna :)"

Lynne "Tarot Reader" Robinson

"Steve is a warm and caring person, a good friend always ready to help and a pleasure to know."

Kim Payne

"Steve has been a big help in introducing us to networking partners all over Spain. I hope we can return the favour one day. Kim eRoomBidder.com"

Robert WoW De Souza

"I have known Steve for many years. He is a great networker and never stops working on projects that bring people together. I am sure his move to Spain was an excellent turning point in his life. Robert "

Steven Barratt

"His name is Steve so he has to be good, he is a decent man and good to work with. Steve Barratt www.stevenbarratt.com"

Jon Court

"During my journeys here on ecademy I have found Steve to be both very helpful and supporting. It is an absolute pleasure in providing him with this testimonial. As of yet I have not had the privilege of doing business with Steve, but I am most certainly looking forward to that opportunity !!!! Jon Court. "

Robert Sweetman

"Bloody nice bloke - noticed something I'd messed up and told me with humour. Thx Steve!"

Mark Trowbridge

"Steve is an awesome networker, always does what he says, gives without receiving and is a nice chap to boot."

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