Huddersfield Town named Sporting Achievement of the Year
- Huddersfield Town wins Sporting Achievement of the Year award
- Sean Jarvis receives the Business Man of the Year 2018 award
- Operations Director Ann Hough named Business Woman of the Year
Huddersfield Town scooped three prizes at the Yorkshire Choice Awards on Friday 13 April 2018.
At the awards ceremony, held at Centenary Pavilions at Leeds United, Huddersfield Town won the Sporting Achievement of the Year prize.
The Terriers were nominated after achieving promotion to the Premier League, with the award recognising teams who have had outstanding seasons and gone from strength to strength. The category covered all sports within the Yorkshire area.
Town was up against Castleford Tigers, a Rugby League team who finished top of the table for the first time in their 91 year history, as well as British parasport athlete Kadeena Cox and former Yorkshire and England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom who retired in September.
The Brownlee brothers shared the award last year after they made history in winning the gold and silver medals in the Rio Olympics triathlon.
Christa Ackroyd commented:
“Starting the 2016/17 season as one of the favourites for relegation, Huddersfield Town Football Club went against all odds to secure promotion to the Premier League in 2017. Working on one of the smallest budgets in the league, the Club, through its #TerrierSpirit beat some of the biggest football clubs in British football to get to Wembley for the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final, where Christopher Schindler scored the winning penalty to send the Club to the Premier League. It is not just on the pitch where the achievement was made - the hard-working staff behind the scenes ensured that the Club was prepared to move up to the next level, meaning a complex summer of work ensuring that the club was ready to compete.”
Two of the Club’s Directors also walked away from the awards ceremony with prizes!
Commercial Director Sean Jarvis won the Business Man of the Year 2018 award.
After winning the award Christa Ackroyd said:
“Sean Jarvis joined Huddersfield Town in 2006 before joining the Board of Directors in June 2009. He has been primarily involved in developing new income and sponsorship activities. Sean has also been instrumental in improving relations between the Club and its fans since his arrival as the driving force behind the formation of one single supporters group - now known as the Huddersfield Town Supporters Association and he's always known to be open and available to meet fans and businesses alike. He's the mastermind behind the #WagnerRevolution campaign, which saw the Club increase attendances by 100% and helped to turn unfashionable Huddersfield Town into a Premier League club.”
Huddersfield Town’s Operation Director Ann Hough, also walked away with a top prize, winning the ‘Business Woman of the Year’ award.
After receiving the prize, Christa Ackroyd at the Yorkshire Choice Awards, commented:
“In an industry dominated predominantly by males, Ann Hough is one of the longest serving female Board members at a Football Club in the country. Ann is also Operations Director at Huddersfield Town. She joined Yorkshire’s only Premier League Club in 1993 initially as PA to the Club Secretary, Ann then moved up to become Club Secretary six years later and excelled in that role and was appointed to the Board in 2007. With the Club's recent promotion to the Premier League, Ann's Director of Operations role has expanded, with extra pressure of the eyes of the world on Huddersfield Town Football Club.”