Best Operations Team
Deloitte Ride Across Britain – Threshold Sports
Deloitte Ride Across Britain is the largest Land’s End to John O’Groats ride of its kind, with 1,000 riders taking on the 9 day, 980 mile challenge every September. For most, this isn’t just a 9 day event, but a year long journey where people dedicate hours of training through all kinds of conditions.
2018 saw the Ride’s 9th edition, which has steadily grown from just a few hundred riders, helping to raise millions of pounds for hundreds of UK charities. With an average fundraising per head of £2,600, the 2018 event helped to raise £1.1m, with partners The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK, the main benefactors.
The Ride also has a huge impact on the economy as we travel up the length of Britain. An incredible £3.3m was contributed to UK sites, suppliers and local businesses as a result of the event, which was a 27% increase YOY.
Deloitte Ride Across Britain is a one of a kind event, which attracts global participation. From bucket list challengers to professional cyclists, and charity fundraisers in between – few walk away from this event without making life changing memories.
England Hockey Event’s Team
Staging the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup was a huge undertaking for England Hockey, but one which delivered with impact and success. The decision to plan and deliver the event through our existing England Hockey staff team without the establishment of a special purpose vehicle meant that we could both stimulate and prioritise the event opportunities for the benefit of our sport and our members. After 4 years in the planning over 4,000 contractors, 650 Hockey Makers, 80 LVHTC staff and 60 England Hockey staff came together to deliver a fantastic event under the #oneteam mantra.
The scale of the event almost trebled, the facility was pushed to it’s absolute limits, we ran not one but two connected sites, our partners contributions were maximised and we delivered an amazing spectator overall experience score of 9 out of 10. All our other clients reported excellent experiences and the event was brought in on budget. We don’t believe that these results, or the positive impact on the wider business and sport, could have been achieved if it hadn’t been for the approach taken and absolute passion and dedication of the England Hockey Events/Operations Team, #oneteam.
Glasgow 2018 European Championships – Glasgow City Council
History was made when the inaugural multi-sport European Championships took place from 2 to 12 August in the great sporting cities of Glasgow and Berlin.
While Scotland hosted the Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon, the Athletics was staged in Berlin.
More than 3000 athletes from 48 nations competed across 12 disciplines in Scotland. They competed in world-class fields with records broken and history made.
The ground-breaking event was broadcast across Europe, with a staggering 1.4 billion cumulative audience watching 850 million hours of action on television across the continent and beyond.
Festival 2018 brought a carnival atmosphere to the world-class sporting action, with live music, circus, dance, theatre and much more.
Glasgow’s George Square attracted thousands of visitors daily with a spectacular line-up that allowed Scotland’s renowned creativity to shine.
GO LIVE! at the Green also welcomed many thousands of people to enjoy a world-first attraction – a live experience which brought together sport, fitness, health, food and drink, arts and entertainment in an engaging and exciting way to encourage people to live more active lives.
The Ryder Cup – Golf and Event Tech Operations Teams – CSM Live
CSM Live are the branding and live experience specialists, creating unforgettable sporting moments across the globe, enabling the industry to evolve and change for the better.
In 2018 our Operations Team brought to life the biggest one-off sporting weekend in the world, the Ryder Cup. We helped the event break audience records and garner incredible feedback on how Le Golf National looked and how the atmosphere was electric.
Our team overcame numerous challenges that tested even the most experienced members. Strict French regulation limited logistical and staffing options, and the sheer scale of the project meant that the team was on-site for 58 days installing and derigging.
Yet despite the challenges, the team demonstrated incredible professionalism, collaboration and knowhow to create a sea of blue, with bold, impactful event branding, that truly enhanced the Ryder Cup experience for players, fans and all involved. Behind the scenes our Operations Team also pulled together to create remarkable team rooms from empty spaces, for both the USA and Europe.
As Tom Johnson, Head of Marketing for the European Tour, stated: “You guys are legends.”
Our Operations Team really are just that.
StatsBomb Data Operations Team
StatsBomb are an analytics and data provider in football that apply data science to inform a deeper understanding of the game. We set up our football data operation as existing data was not sufficiently granular to answer the questions that we, and our customers had.
Starting in October 2017, we designed our football event data spec, then custom-built collection and validation software, hired and trained data collection and quality control teams from scratch. We also integrated the new StatsBomb Data into our statistical algorithms and analytics software and publicly launched it in May 2018.
Scaling at that speed created a plethora of operational problems as we have been continuously hiring, training and monitoring performance whilst simultaneously developing and testing technical solutions that require further training and coaching. We now collect data from video for 25 leagues across Europe and the Americas, and have secured customers in the big 5 European leagues and the US MLS as well as Media and gaming.
Our data operation facilitates R&D that enables StatsBomb to stand out from the herd in Football Analytics and provide true unique insight to the game.