28 May, LONDON – The British Olympic Association (BOA) – the body that selects and manages Team GB – has appointed Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) as its retained public relations agency for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The London-based integrated marketing and communications agency was selected from a strong list of agencies at both the long-list and pitch stage to deliver Team GB’s campaign through until September 2020. It will be H+K’s third successive Olympic Games in support of Team GB, the nation’s most loved sports team.
The team’s Tokyo 2020 campaign will look to drive awareness of the Olympic Games – taking place between 24 July – 9 August 2020 – and Team GB’s participation in it from this summer as the nation marks One Year To Go to the world’s biggest sporting event.
Focussing on bringing the fans closer to the athletes and their stories than ever before, the campaign will feature impactful PR moments, supplemented with engaging content from athletes, celebrities and superfans alike.
Carly Hodgson, Head of Marketing for Team GB, said: “H+K’s creative and compelling response to our brief really struck a chord with the whole team and we are incredibly excited to be working with them to drive awareness and grow excitement ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will be one of the best yet.
“Team GB is a team unlike any other, in that we are truly reflective of every aspect of modern Britain, so we really want to ensure that everyone is able to relate to the athletes and sports and understand the hard work and dedication that goes into becoming an Olympian.”
Anthony Scammell, Snr Associate Director in the H+K Sport + Partnership Marketing team, added: “Our work to support Team GB has been a source of huge energy and pride for the H+K Sport + Partnership Marketing team as well as the agency at large, which is why we feel extremely privileged to be on the starting blocks once again.”
“Team GB is a truly unique team that has done a brilliant job of uniting the nation to celebrate the best of what sport has to offer. At a time when the nation needs to embrace the positive power of Team GB more than ever, we are proud to be part of the Team GB family and working to bring the BOA’s inspiring purpose of ‘Believe in Extraordinary’ to life in the countdown to Tokyo 2020.”
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