57 ESA Diploma Students Graduate from the Class of 2017
On Thursday 30th November, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) played host to the sixth annual ESA Diploma Graduation ceremony, where we saw the majority of the 57 graduates from across the UK, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Slovakia, presented with their diploma certificates by Tim Hollingsworth, OBE.
Tim Hollingsworth is the Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, the National Paralympic Committee for the United Kingdom. He has also served as Secretary General for ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016, Sochi 2014 and London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Tim is a Board Director of the Youth Sport Trust and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and received an OBE in the 2017 Queen’s New Year Honours List. Tim was joined on stage by ESA Chairman, Andy Westlake and Course Director, Peter Raymond.
Amongst the Group, Five Graduates Achieved Distinction
Amongst the group, five graduates achieved Distinction: Neil Brotherston, Phil Horswill, Ailis O’Connell, Lucy Owen and Bex Worthington. A special congratulation goes to Phil Horswill, who was presented with Awards for both: ESA’s Top Student and Top Set Brief.
The ceremony was the culmination of seven months’ endeavour by the undergraduates, having juggled busy careers with the demands of the course.
“We’re Very Proud of All of Our ESA Diploma Graduates.”
Commenting on the graduates and the quality of their work, ESA Chairman, Andy Westlake said
“Within our Education work stream the ESA Diploma has become one of our flagship programmes and helps us to ensure that the future of our brilliant industry is in safe and expert hands.
Thank you to our graduates for being part of the class of 2017! We’re delighted to have another cohort going out in to the world, representing the very best of the European Sponsorship Association.”
Our alumni are growing all the time (now over 300) and we’re very proud of all of our ESA Diploma graduates.”
Course Director, Peter Raymond added
“These excellent results reinforce our unshakable belief that the future of the industry is in good hands and that anyone who passes the ESA Diploma has taken a stepping stone to a more fruitful and successful career. Well done to you all!”
The Graduation ceremony was followed by a glittery champagne reception and afternoon tea for all graduates and their guests.
As a final note, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our course sponsors: Activative, CSM Live, IMR, Sport England and Sports Sponsorship Insider.