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Sportsbeat have boosted their growing production and social media teams with the appointment of two new members of staff.
Ben Coldwell joins Sportsbeat as our new social media editor after a hugely successful period in the same role for the London 2017 IAAF and World Para Athletics Championships.
Ben, who came through our News Associates training scheme, is also a former Athletics Weekly news editor and brings a wealth of sports journalism and social experience to our team.
He will help manage and deliver social content strategies for an expanding roster of clients including Premiership Rugby, the Guinness PRO14 and British Cycling.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ben on board and I’m sure he will make an immediate impact,” said Sportsbeat editor-in-chief David Parsons. “As a content agency we are working ever closer with a wide portfolio of brands and NGBs to provide a sophisticated social media service and Ben will certainly help us to drive this service going forward.”
Also joining Sportsbeat is Tony Waghorne, who is the latest videographer to be added to our production crew.
A TV and Film graduate from the University of Essex, Tony is a talented camera operator and FCPX editor and has joined Sportsbeat as the we continue to grow and expand our production unit.
“In the short time he has been with us Tony has already proved a fantastic addition to the team,” added David Parsons. “Over the past five years our production crew has grown from one camera operator to a hugely experience and talented, multi-disciplinary team of nine shooting on location anything up to 400 times a year and we are very excited about what the next 12 months holds.”
Sportsbeat will work with Badminton Scotland to provide extensive coverage of this month’s Total BWF World Championships at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
The agency have a brief to provide content across digital and social media channels, including reports, results, video and infographics.
In addition, Sportsbeat will offer a range of press support services, including a full syndication service for international, national and regional media.
“Our team are looking forward to heading to Glasgow to join the world’s best players at the Total BWF World Championships,” said editor-in-chief David Parsons.
“We already provide extensive coverage of the sport through our ongoing work with the Yonex All England Championships but the chance to work on this showpiece event is a great opportunity to showcase our skills of delivering major event content across a range of platforms.”
“We are delighted to welcome Sportsbeat on board as we gear up for what is set to be a fantastic World Championships,” said Badminton Scotland chief executive Anne Smillie.
“We are already seeing the benefits of this partnership and I am confident Sportsbeat will help us deliver an outstanding event in Glasgow.”
Sportsbeat will supply a range of content services to the British Paralympic Association in the build-up to the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang.
The agency has a wide-ranging brief to produce exclusive web content, a news feed, video and social media content, for use across ParalympicGB’s digital channels.
Sportsbeat worked with the British Paralympic Association in the build-up to and during last year’s Games in Rio, producing the team media guide and producing their official news service and have previously supplied editorial support and news syndication for events around National Paralympic Day.
“It’s a huge summer with Wimbledon, the IPC World Athletics Championships in London and IPC World Swimming Championships too,” said Sportsbeat’s managing editor James Toney.
“We’re excited to continue our relationship with the team at ParalympicsGB, with the aim of making their digital channels the go to destination for the latest news on Paralympic sport.”
Sportsbeat will provide a range of digital editorial services to British Cycling during the 2017 domestic season.
The agency has been appointed to assist with the production of content around British Cycling’s championships and series throughout the year.
Responsibilities will range from live blogging and text commentary, event coverage, sub-editing and populating social media feeds.
Sportsbeat’s coverage began earlier this month at the HSBC UK National 4X Series in Bedfordshire.
“British Cycling is recognised as one of the most forward thinking national governing bodies when it comes to their digital content strategy,” said Sportsbeat editor-in-chief David Parsons.
“The work their communications team already produce is consistently held up as best practice by many in the industry.
“We’re delighted to have been appointed to work with them in the 2017 season and look forward to an exciting calendar of events across the UK.”
British Cycling joins a growing number of national associations and sports events who work alongside Sportsbeat to deliver editorial and social media strategies. In the last 12 months these include: The British Olympic Association, FA Women’s Super League, Aviva Premiership and Badminton England.