Ballroom Blitz of Glitz for Lancashire Business Awards

A famous Lancashire venue and favourite of the BBC Strictly dancers are set to showcase the best in Lancashire’s business.

And the leading business awards ceremony in the Tower Ballroom will offer Blackpool the chance to welcome people back to the resort.

Maria Coupe , of Shout Network, said a sell-out crowd for the Be Inspired Business Awards, The BIBAs, would be a fantastic sight to see in the Tower Ballroom at the Blackpool Tower.

The awards is scheduled to host its annual prize-giving ceremony on Friday, September 17.

Shout Network is the official Social Media Partner of the awards which has 20 prize categories hand out to businesses across Lancashire.

Maria said: “The sight of the Tower Ballroom with a sell-out BIBAs audience will be a fantastic lift for the Lancashire business community.

“I know that the hundreds of people who are attending the evening will make sure they do everything to support Blackpool’s economy with hotel bookings, taxi fares and even a pre-ceremony drink in the resort.

“This is a great opportunity to remind people who may not have been for a while exactly what a great place our county can be.”

The awards’ organisers have said the safety of all guests at the evening will be their number one priority with measures in place to limit the spread of the virus.

All guests attending the ceremony will be asked to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival at the Tower.

It will hand out 20 awards to recognise the achievements of Lancashire businesses and the people behind them during the past 12 months.

The prizes include the BIBAs’ lifetime achievement award, Lancastrian of the Year, which recognises the achievements of a special individual from within the county’s business community.

Written By Tim Gavell and published in the Blackpool Gazette.

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Euro 2020 winners

Who won the golden boot, best young player and player of the tournament? The awards in full.

Euro 2020 Awards & Trophies

Uefa has handed out individual awards following Italy’s win over England in Sunday’s European Championship final.

Italy won their second European Championship and sixth major trophy overall on Sunday by beating England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, but which players scooped the individual awards?

There are four main individual awards up for grabs at the Euros: Player of the Tournament, Young Player of the Tournament, the Golden Boot, given to the top scorer and the Goal of the Tournament. A Silver Boot and Bronze Boot are also handed out to the second and third top-scorers at the tournament.

Additionally, there is a Team of the Tournament, as selected by Uefa’s team of technical directors comprised of 16 former players and coaches from across the continent.

Unlike in the Premier League, there is no Golden Glove for the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets or a Playmaker Award for the player with the most assists. Had there been, Jordan Pickford would have won the Golden Glove after keeping five clean sheets, while Switzerland’s Steven Zuber would have collected the Playmaker Award for his four assists.

Player of the Tournament – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

Gianluigi Donnarumma’s heroics in Sunday’s penalty shootout ensured that he got his gigantic hands on the Player of the Tournament trophy shortly after the final whistle had sounded at Wembley.

Donnarumma saved twice in the shootout – as many as his opposite number Jordan Pickford managed – and also denied Alvaro Morata from the spot in the semi-final victory against Spain.

The 22-year-old kept three clean sheets in seven appearances in the competition, making eight saves in total. He is the first goalkeeper to win the award since its inception at Euro 1996.

All but one of the seven winners of the award has played for the eventual winners, Antoine Griezmann bucking that trend at Euro 2016.

The 22-year-old kept three clean sheets in seven appearances in the competition, making eight saves in total. He is the first goalkeeper to win the award since its inception at Euro 1996.

All but one of the seven winners of the award has played for the eventual winners, Antoine Griezmann bucking that trend at Euro 2016.

European Championship Player of the Tournament winners – in full

  • Euro 1996 – Matthias Sammer (Germany)
  • Euro 2000 – Zinedine Zidane (France)
  • Euro 2004 – Theo Zagorakis (Greece)
  • Euro 2008 – Xavi (Spain)
  • Euro 2012 – Andres Iniesta (Spain)
  • Euro 2016 – Antoine Griezmann (France)
  • Euro 2020 – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

Young Player of the Tournament – Pedri (Spain)

Spain’s most impressive performer, from the beginning of their tournament until the end.

The 18-year-old (yes, really), looked every bit Andres Iniesta’s successor for La Roja, keeping possession of the ball at will and committing defenders with balletic dribbles up the pitch.

Pedri saved his best performance at Euro 2020 for his last, excelling in the semi-final defeat to eventual champions Italy.

Remarkably, he completed all 55 of his attempted passes in the opening 90 minutes, finishing up with 65 successful passes out of 67 at the end of extra-time.

Golden Boot – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Cristiano Ronaldo led the golden boot football trophy race from the end of the group stage right the way through to the end of the tournament after scoring five goals and providing an assist in his first three matches.

Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary, registered a goal and assist in a 4-2 defeat to Germany and managed another double in a thrilling 2-2 draw with France.

Although the Juventus striker finished level on goals with the Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick, he was the outright winner of the golden boot, by virtue of supplying an assist and playing fewer minutes.

Schick scooped the Silver Boot award instead, while France’s Karim Benzema pipped Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Emil Forsberg to the Bronze Boot after scoring his four goals in less time.

Goal of the Tournament – Patrik Schick vs Scotland

Schick might have missed out on the Golden Boot and a place in the Team of the Tournament (somewhat controversially) but at least he didn’t end up empty-handed.

The Bayer Leverkusen forward was rewarded for his sensational strike against David Marshall at Hampden Park during the Czech Republic’s 2-0 win over Scotland in the Group Stage. Schick spotted Marshall out of his goal and gloriously lobbed the ball over his head and into the net with a from 49.7 yards out, making it the furthest goal scored at a European Championship since records began in 1980.

Team of the Tournament

Uefa’s team of technical directors – including Robbie Keane, Fabio Capello and David Moyes – announced the official team of the tournament on Tuesday with five Italians named in the XI.

Uefa’s Team of the Tournament – in full


  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)


  • Kyle Walker (England)
  • Harry Maguire (England)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
  • Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy)


  • Pedri (Spain)
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark)
  • Jorginho (Italy)


  • Federico Chiesa (Italy)
  • Raheem Sterling (England)
  • Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

Player of the Tournament Donnarumma was joined by Leonardo Bonucci, Leonardo Spinazzola, Jorginho and Federico Chiesa in the official team.

Runners-up England had three representatives with Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and Raheem Sterling all making the cut.

The other three positions were filled by Young Player of the Tournament Pedri (Spain), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark), and Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).

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By Oliver Young-MylesJuly 14, 2021

Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards 2021 – We’re back

first Posted by Laura Wolfe | May 19, 2021 | NWFA Blog

Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards 2021 – We’re back and open for entries now!

After an extremely difficult year for so many of us, we are delighted to be able to announce that the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards is back!

The Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) 2021 will take place on Monday, 22nd November 2021 at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, hosted by broadcaster Dan Walker, and will celebrate the Northwest region’s footballing elite, paying tribute to those from both on and off the pitch, who have excelled in the 2020/21 season.

The NWFA 2021 will see awards presented to those who have achieved footballing excellence, from grassroots level through to the elite level of the beautiful game, in what was a season unlike any other for fans, players, and clubs alike.

Laura Wolfe, of the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards said, “We are over the moon to be able to set the wheels in motion for a live event in 2021.  After our digital online event in 2020, we know how excited the everyone is at the thought of being able to be together again in person in November, after such a long time living under the necessary Covid-19 restrictions of the past months.   Whilst the fans have not been able to be in stadia live this past season, it has been no less exciting and certainly as controversial, and we look forward to sharing some of the wonderful stories from around our clubs and celebrating the personalities from across the Northwest region.”

Simon Clare of Ladbrokes said, “Ladbrokes is delighted to be back on board as title sponsor of the 2021 Northwest Football Awards.  We are in awe of the incredible work that has been carried out by all the Clubs, their staff, and the players over the past season in such difficult circumstances, both on and off the pitch, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements and successes with the Northwest football family in November.”

Ladbrokes is back on board as title sponsor for 2021, together with other sponsors and partners; the PFA, musicMagpie, Mob Sport, Tongue Tied Media, Pitch Publishing, the FMPA, the FSA, Kick it Out, Manchester FA, PFSA, Road3 Concierge, and Women in Football and media partners; the BBC, The Athletic, FC Business, She Kicks, The Cheshire Magazine and brand new partners for 2021, TalkSPORT.

The NWFA is delighted to be supporting the Darby Rimmer Foundation and The Offside Trust at this year’s Awards.

Stephen Darby, co-founder of the Darby Rimmer Foundation and married to Manchester City Women and England captain, Steph Houghton, said, “Chris and I are honoured that the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards has chosen the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation as its charity partner for this year’s event once again. I was lucky enough to play for three North West teams (Liverpool, Rochdale and Bolton Wanderers) in my career, and both Chris I reside in the North West. We look forward to raising awareness of Motor Neurone Disease in order to assist and support others with the disease and in our quest to find a cure.”

Steve Walters, director of the Offside Trust said:  “We are delighted that our partnership with the Northwest Football Awards continues in what has been a momentous year for the Offside Trust. After supporting survivors of child sexual abuse in the sport since 2016, the last few months have seen the publication of the FA’s Sheldon Report and renewed public awareness culminating in the BBC’s Football’s Darkest Secrets documentary. One of the most poignant stories featured the late Billy Seymour, whose struggle for justice and support for other survivors has inspired our work. To have an award named in Billy’s honour is a fitting tribute to the lasting impact of a man who epitomised the strength, leadership, and selfless service to others that deserves to be celebrated in football and throughout society.”

Nominations to the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards 2021 are now open. Having been forced to host the 2021 event online, the 2021 NWFA is expected to be bigger than ever.  Enter here.