Sport Legends set for the inaugural TV Sports Awards

LONDON,06 OCTOBER 2015 –

With just a week to go until the inaugural TV Sports Awards takes place, some  of the biggest names from the world of sports have confirmed their attendance. 

The new ceremony, which will be presented by Sky News presenter Kate Abdo and television presenter Guido Bagatta, is set to honour some of the biggest brands and most influential figures in the global sports media industry. The event coincides with the annual SPORTELMonaco convention and will feature an array of sporting legends such  as  former  FIFA World  Player of  the  Year,  Luís  Figo,  Italian World Cup winning  captain, Fabio Cannavaro and former Manchester United and England legend, Rio Ferdinand. 

Also attending the star  studded  event  are  Indian  professional  tennis  player  and multi  Grand  Slam mixed doubles champion Mahesh Bhupati, along with current Juventus FC goalkeeper, Norberto Murara Neto, and German footballer Célia Šašić, winner of the UEFA Best Women’s player in Europe award for 2014/2015.   Co`organised by SPORTEL and Play for Change, in collaboration with Eurosport and Infront Sports & Media, the inaugural ceremony will be held at the Yacht Club de Monaco on Monday, 12th October 2015, in support of Play for Change, a global sports charity dedicated to the provision of life changing opportunities for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Awards will be presented across five categories, including; Best Sports Broadcaster, Best Live Event Coverage, Best Digital Media Project, Media Executive of the Year and Best TV Rights Deal. A  Play  for  Change  award  will  also  be  presented  to  recognise  a  top`class  athlete  who  is  responsible  for extraordinary  social  responsibility  work  through  supporting,  funding  and  advocating  worthy  campaigns, initiatives and projects for vulnerable children through sports.

Marie Le Page, Director for Play for Change, said: “We look forward to hosting world`renowned sportsmen and sportswomen plus some of the most important stakeholders in the sport and media industry at the ceremony.

A live auction will be run on the night which will help raise funds for Play for Change to develop and grow our global programmes that help transform the lives of young vulnerable children through sports and education”.

Play for Change uses sport and education as a driver of social change and the TV Sports Awards is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our work to an influential audience. The evening will celebrate the best of the sport media industry but also reflect on the power of sport in helping to change the lives of disadvantaged communities and children.” 

For more information, visit www.tvsportsawards.org.

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Notes to Editors

About Play for Change 

Play for Change is dedicated to the provision of life changing opportunities for children and young people from disadvantaged background. Through Play for Change we leverage our global network, media expertise and sporting connections to raise valuable funds to develop and scale`up sport and education programmes around the world that offer young people the opportunity to change their lives. You can learn more about Play for Change and their mission at http://www.playforchange.org. 

About SPORTEL

SPORTEL is the one event that unites the international sports marketing and media industry. For over 25 years, top level executives from all over the world, representing sports networks, international sports federations, sports marketing agencies, production companies, sports content right owners, distributors, technology, new media and more. They come together every year to determine the future of major sports events for the 21st century media platforms.

SPORTEL conventions are the most important business platforms to do business and find valuable insight on influential business trends and practices. The highly informative conference and expert panels are a profitable source of current developments of this industry. In 2014, SPORTEL Monaco featured 2,613 participants representing 961 companies from 78 countries.

About Eurosport

Eurosport is the leading pan`regional sports entertainment destination. Part of Discovery communications, the world’s No.1 pay`tv programmer, Eurosport is dedicated to delivering the most comprehensive live sports experience through compelling content and technical innovation. Eurosport reaches 222 million cumulative subscribers across 91 countries in Europe, Asia`Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Eurosport, the flagship channel, is the No.1 pan`European TV channel,  broadcasting over 5,000 hours of live sport every year into 137 million homes in 54 countries,  providing expert commentary in 20 different languages. Eurosport.com is Europe’s No.1 online sports news website with up to 23 million visitors every month. Eurosport Events is the group’s expert division in the management and promotion of international sporting events.  

For more information please contact:

Sarah Espir @Play for Change on +44(0)20 3