One of the UK’s biggest law firms has been announced as category sponsors at this year’s Nottingham Post Sports Awards. The event, which this year will take place on 25 October at East Midlands Conference Centre, will recognise the incredible work of individuals, teams and clubs in Nottingham’s sporting community.
As an award-winning law firm who is extremely experienced in the sporting world, Shakespeare Martineau were a fitting choice of sponsor for the awards. They will be heading up the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award which recognises a sportsman who has impressed the most over the last year.
Chris Kirby is a Partner at Shakespeare and he explained what benefits sponsoring the awards bring to their company. He said: “As a firm with a strong commitment to bringing our understanding of sport to life for the region’s sporting community, as well as our clients and our people; we are delighted to be involved in the sponsorship of these awards. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise and appreciate the sporting success of Nottingham and its communities, both now and in the future.”
Nottingham has always had a thriving sporting community and Chris explained how sporting events can raise the area’s profile. He said: “Nottingham has successfully established itself as a major sporting hub. As well as being the home of the National Water Sports Centre and the National Ice Centre, Nottingham is home to many hugely successful past and present elite professional athletes and sports teams. Nottingham also possesses a number of iconic sports venues and regularly hosts a number of hugely successful national and international events attracting a global audience, including national and international cricket at Trent Bridge, Nottingham Forest and Notts County football, International World Triathlon events, the Nottingham tennis tournament, national league rugby, hockey, squash and badminton to name a few.”
Chris continued: “Hosting national and international sports events attracts a global audience which helps to promote the proud city and culture of Nottingham. This in turn attracts more visitors to our wonderful city, leading to more investment and improving the local economy.”
Sponsoring the Nottingham Post Sports Awards is not the only way in which Shakespeare Martineau support the local sporting community. Chris explained how else they contribute:
“We work with a number of clients in the sports sector, many of whom have close connections with the East Midlands area. Indeed, some of our lawyers also carry out non-executive roles within sports organisations, providing us with invaluable first-hand knowledge and experience of the commercial and legal issues within the sector.”
He continued: “We also contribute to the region’s sporting community through our own people and our firm’s ethos. Recognising both the importance of wellbeing and parallels between sporting and commercial success, we have over the last three years encouraged and supported our people to adopt healthy and active lifestyles. Our staff are involved with a vast range of local sports and activities and we have drawn upon the support of locally based elite athletes who have shared their experiences with our people and supported them to achieve their own personal health and wellbeing ambitions.”
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open and close on 14 September and to nominate visit https://nottinghampostsportsawards.co.uk/
For more information on this year’s Nottingham Post Sports Awards, get in touch with Devon Coverdale at event organisers Champions (UK) plc by calling 08453 31 30 31, or email firstname.lastname@example.org