What services were involved:

Marching on together as attendance hits record levels

This year, Banana Kick celebrated the 16th Leeds Sports Awards in style with the highest attendance to date as over 820 sport fanatics attended the first direct arena for yet another fantastic event.

Go big or go home…

We knew last years event was going to be difficult to top, so we needed to launch LSA19 with a bang and where else more impressive than on the pitch at Elland Road during a Leeds United home game. The launch took place on the 27th October and welcomed some familiar faces including Leeds fan and boxing World Champ Josh Warrington and divers Jack Laugher and Lois Toulson.

 

A star studded line up

On the night we were joined by local sporting royalty with the likes of Nile Wilson, Hannah Cockcroft MBE and James Simpson all in attendance, as well as the World Champion himself, Josh Warrington and Leeds United legend Eddie Gray. We were delighted to host an impressive turnout from winners and highly commended athletes as 42 out of 43 attended.

As part of our involvement, this year we gained support from key sponsors such as LeedsBid, Leeds Cares and Ringways and Motability, who’s sponsorship provides key funding to ensure the event continues to grow.

Trending in the UK

This year, due to the hard work of the Banana Kick digital team during the build up, the event itself and the follow up, we were able to step up our online exposure, which proved even more successful than previous years.

We managed to secure over 14,000 website visits, more than 10 features in the Yorkshire Evening Post and most notably managed to get #LSA19 trending across the UK on the evening, a first for Leeds Sports Awards. The team showed real passion and were a great asset towards making the event memorable.

The Leeds Warrior steals the show

There’s no denying that the pinnacle of the evening was the moment Leeds’ very own Boxing World Champion, Josh Warrington, deservedly picked up the prestigious ‘Sporting Pride of Leeds Award’.

Josh was warmly welcomed on stage with a standing ovation and was presented his award by no other than Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Cllr James Lewis. ‘Marching On Together’ echoed around the first direct arena as Josh left the stage, with everyone showing their support for their own Leeds Warrior.

From the first to the last whistle

Similar to the athletes, the Leeds Sports Awards requires a huge amount of time, preparation and implementation. Our team worked tirelessly securing sponsorship, creating specific design styles, facilitating ticketing and nomination services, creating all branding and print elements and managing all venue and guest liaison.

The awards team began as a duo and slowly unified the whole company. After such a memorable event celebrating an amazing year of sport, we now set our sights on making Leeds Sports Awards 2020 bigger and better than ever.

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