Pure TV brilliance from Sport England: The Thinkboxes Awards for TV ad creativity

Winner for January/February 2017

"Phenomenal women", by FCB Inferno, was chosen by The Thinkboxes Academy as winner of the January/February 2017 Thinkboxes award for TV ad creativity.

The next step in the "This Girl Can" initiative, launched by Sport England two years ago, this film is aimed at women between the ages of 14 and 60. It shows women of all ages engaged in sport and is a heart-pumping celebration of the sense of belonging that participation brings.

The TV ad, directed by Kim Gehrig through production company Somesuch, is set to a new soundtrack blended with a narrative by celebrated US poet Maya Angelou.

"We’ve stayed true to our original formula, showing real women and girls playing sport and getting active," says Kate Dale, head of campaign strategy for Sport England.

"Our ambition is still about overcoming judgment, but we feature new messages to empower women – with a range of new and returning faces. The message is clear: it’s OK to sweat, it’s OK to jiggle; it’s OK to be brilliant (or not to be). And it’s normal for life to get in the way sometimes."

"McCafé – Madness", for McDonald’s by Leo Burnett London, won second place in the January/February Thinkboxes winners’ line up. In this ad, trendy coffee shops are gently mocked for over-complicating the beverage – in contrast to McCafé, which simply focuses on great-tasting coffee.

IKEA’s ‘Win at sleeping’ ad, in which sleeping is humorously represented as a competitive sport, won third place. The spot was created by Mother.

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Kate Dale, head of campaign strategy, Sport England

"The message is clear: it’s OK to sweat and
jiggle; it’s OK to be brilliant (or not to be).
And it’s normal for life to get in the way sometimes"

Client Kate Dale, head of campaign strategy, Sport England
Creative agency FCB Inferno
Creative team Al Young, Ben Edwards and Martin McAlister
Production company Somesuch
Director Kim Gehrig

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