Home technology has changed my life, says former England international and Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp
Capped 17 times for England and married to former pop star Louise, Jamie Redknapp has gone on to have a successful career as a football pundit. But are apps starting to rule his life…?
Is there one particularly tech savvy person in your household?
My kids are, thankfully! I try, I do try. If there’s a new iPhone out I like to have it. It takes me a little while to get up to speed with these things, but I do love gadgets.
What one piece of technology has benefited your life at home?
We’ve got the Crestron app, which is a great system. We can do a lot of stuff on our smartphones, like see the security cameras. We’ve only had it a year or so, but it’s really changed our lives. By using your phone you can control everything, even the TV. It has definitely revolutionised the Redknapp household.
What are your best ever tech buys?
Like anything: the nice things cost money! It’s expensive, but the Crestron system we’ve put in the house is well worth it. We’ve got a home cinema as well, which is brilliant, especially for watching the football. Seeing it on the big screen is really nice.
Is there one piece of tech that lets you down or breaks easily?
My iPhone – the amount of times I’ve dropped it, and smashed the screen…
If you could design one piece of technology, what would it be?
I love watching cricket and golf on TV, particularly when the commentators break down the swings – right down to where the club face or bat face should be. They are both such technical games, and there are great apps that tell you how the players actually take their shots. So, I’d quite like to invent my own personal app to help me play better golf.
Is there one member of the Redknapp household who just doesn’t get tech?
Louise is the worst – she’s useless. I’ve lost count of the amount of times she’s asked me ‘how do I switch it on?’ and ‘how do I do this?’ The kids are great though. My seven-year-old is so clever, especially when it comes to technology. It’s very difficult, because you don’t want children to become too obsessed and playing on the iPad too much. But a lot of the games that are coming out are also educational, so it’s a fine line; you’ve got to get the balance right. You can’t suddenly ban them from using tech, because they’ll be missing out on development.
If you had to take a 24 hour break from technology, would you be able to cope?
I’d love to take a break from my phone. I’ve often spoken about it, saying how I can do it, but unfortunately it’s still the first thing I look at in the morning, and the last thing before going to bed. I really want to try hard to stop doing that. I need to get rid of a few of the apps; that might be the best thing for me.
It makes you wonder how we lived without mobile phones
We did pretty well without mobile phones, so when people say ‘oh, we can’t live without them’, I always think ‘well of course we can.’ Unfortunately, thanks to all of us using apps too often, the art of conversation has gone out of the window.
Recently you’ve been getting out-and-about with kids, playing football with a youth team funded by with the Laureus project (which uses sport to improve the lives of young people). What was that like?
The kids from Urban Stars were great, they enjoyed it, I really enjoyed it – I actually got a bit of a sweat on myself – so it was great playing football again. It’s not just the kids either, the people that work behind the scenes, all the mentors, they do a great job as well.
Jamie Redknapp is an ambassador for charitable organisation Laureus, which uses sport to engage vulnerable young people who are marginalised from mainstream society. www.laureus.com
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