At the end of last year Synergy worked with Sky to launch the Sky Sports Scholarships. This programme supports some of Britain and Ireland’s most exciting athletes to help them fulfil their potential on the international stage and prepare them for life in the spotlight. Sky will tell the athletes’ stories through Sky Sports channels to build their profiles, engage its customers and inspire the stars of the future. Details of each of the athletes and the support Sky is providing can be found here.
Sky have been one of the leading investors in Sport in UK and Ireland for the past 20 years – not only through their broadcasts, but also through programmes like British Cycling, Sky Sports Living for Sport and the ECB Coach Education Programme. Sky Sports Scholarships extends this support to individual athletes, providing them with crucial funding (helping to cover the costs of coaching, training and competition), valuable mentoring support and media relations advice from Sky Sports News talent.
Eight of the 11 athletes were welcomed at Sky Studios on 2nd November for the announcement of Sky Sports Scholarships. The athletes completed live interviews on Sky Sports News, web-chats, green-screen filming as well as camera and social media training and a chance to meet their Sky Sports News mentor. To see behind the scenes footage and more information about the Sky Sports Scholarships click here.
Having been so closely involved since the very beginning of the programme (working up the campaign strategy, developing the brand messaging, identifying the right athletes, negotiating the contracts, creating the activation strategy and managing all the logistics), it was great to see it finally ‘go live’. And it is just the start of an exciting new component of Sky’s long term commitment to improving sport in the UK and Ireland at every level.
By Lisa Parfitt on January 25th, 2012