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Football Business Awards Shortlist Announced

Fri 27th Sep 2013 | Football Industry Events

The shortlist for the Football Business Awards has been announced with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal amongst the leading clubs shortlisted.

Categories for this year’s ceremony include Best Club Marketing Campaign, Sponsorship Deal of the Year, Best use of Social Media in Football, Use of Technology by Clubs, Best Football Community Scheme and the fcbusiness Magazine CEO of the Year Award.

There has been a huge increase in the quality and quantity of entries this year which includes twelve out of twenty Premier League clubs making the final shortlist. Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are some of the names that will be competing to win a prestigious award.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Football Club, London on Thursday 7 November.

David Sheepshanks, Chairman of St George’s Park, said: "These Football Business Awards are so important to the industry and the recognition that they bring to the leading operators in their various fields is invaluable.

“It is not only the many, diverse elements that comprise the business of Football that make it so compelling but also the constant need to adapt and change, to embrace the continual advances in sports science and technology that keep it so vibrant"

Simon Burton, Director of the Football Business Awards, said: "Business and football are inextricably linked and on-pitch performance needs to be matched by commercial achievement and acumen.

“Football clubs are economic drivers for their communities and football itself is one of the UK's greatest exports. The quality and diversity of the FBA entries never fails to inspire.”

To find out how to book a place at this year’s awards please visit www.footballbusinessawards.com or call the sales hotline on 020 7384 8213.

2013 Finalists

Best UK Club Marketing Campaign

•           Aston Villa Football Club

•           Everton Football Club

•           Manchester United Football Club

•           QPR Football Club

•           WBA Football Club


Best Business Serving Football - up to £2m turnover

•           Green Star Media

•           London Football Association Ltd

•           Matchsaver Limited

•           PureNet

•           Twentyfour7 Football Magazine


Best Business Serving Football - over £2m turnover

•           Designwerk

•           Opta

•           Rippleffect

•           St. George's Park

•           StreamUK

•           The FA Group


Best use of Social Media in Football

•           Aston Villa Football Club

•           Budweiser

•           EA SPORTS

•           Manchester United Football Club

•           Opta

•           Royal Belgian Football Association


Best Football Club Hospitality

•           Cardiff City Football Club

•           Chelsea Football Club

•           Everton Football Club

•           Manchester City Football Club

•           Manchester United Football Club


Best/Most Innovative use of Technology by Football Clubs

•           Arsenal Football Club

•           Aston Villa Football Club

•           Birmingham City Football Club

•           QPR Football Club

•           WBA Football Club


Best/Most Innovative use of Technology in Football

•           Collstream

•           Huggity

•           OptaPro

•           Social Pundit

•           Sports Session Planner

•           Teamer

•           Wyscout


Best Football Community Scheme

•           Albion in the Community (Brighton & Hove Albion’s charity)

•           Continental Tyres

•           Everton in the Community

•           Foundation of Light

•           Fulham FC Foundation

•           Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme

•           Sport Esprit Academy

•           West Ham United Community Sports Trust


Best Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme

•           Albion in the Community

•           Aston Villa Football Club

•           Budweiser and The FA

•           Cardiff City Football Club

•           Freestyle Football Federation

•           Liverpool Football Club

•           West Ham United Community Sports Trust


Best Non-match Day use of Venue

•           Anfield Stadium Liverpool

•           Arsenal Football Club - Emirates Stadium

•           Chelsea Football Club

•           Wembley Stadium


Football Brand of the Year

•           Budweiser

•           Continental Tyres

•           FIFA Interactive World Cup

•           Opta

•           St. George's Park


Best Professional Service Business Serving Football

•           Bluefin Sport

•           Garners Food Service Equipment

•           Pinsent Masons

•           Sport Value Credit Management

•           Walker Morris LLP


Sponsorship Deal / Partnership of the Year

•           Budweiser / The FA Cup

•           Elite Soccer - Green Star Media / League Managers Association

•           Millwall Football Club / Prostate Cancer

•           Peter's Food Service Ltd / Cardiff Football Club

•           Wonga.com / Newcastle United FC


Football Business Writer of the Year

•           Ashling O'Connor

•           Bill Wilson

•           Christian Radnedge

•           Nick Harris


Innovation Award

•           Cardiff City Football Club

•           Forest Green Rovers/Ecotricity

•           Major League Soccer

•           Mask-arade

•           St. George's Park

•           Teamer

•           We R Interactive


 Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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