Football365.com, a division of Planet Sports, operated by the Cape Town headquartered Ole! Media Group, has been crowned the winner of Online Media of the Year at the 2017 Football Supporters’ Federation Awards – the democratic organisation representing the rights of fans and articulating the views of football supporters.
Named among a strong field of contenders including OptaJoe, Copa90, Spencer FC, David Squires and uMAXit Football, Football365 emerged as the victor of a public vote at the awards ceremony in London earlier this week.
The honour comes one year after Football365’s Daniel Storey was crowned FSF’s Football Writer of the Year following his wonderful work that has since been published in the book Portrait of an Icon.
“What a wonderful way to recognise 20 years of Football365,” said editor Sarah Winterburn. “The award is just reward for my team’s phenomenal effort and commitment to delivering excellence in football journalism. Our dedication and loyalty is only matched by that of our amazing readers who are the lifeblood of what we do.”
F365’s Winterburn and Matt Stead, were presented the award by well-known sports commentator, Conor McNamara. The team were honoured alongside Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane who was unveiled as Men’s Player of the Year and former Manchester United star Gary Neville who won Pundit of the Year.
Cheering from the sidelines in Cape Town, group CEO, Deseré Orrill said: “We’re delighted for the team at Football365. They’ve built up an incredible product, which reflects in the award they’ve received from the people that matter – their fans, over 3 million of them. Very well done to them.”
Planet Sports, with the help of Football365, Planet Football, TEAMtalk, Planet Rugby, Cricket365 and Golf365 reach a total network audience of around 5 million unique viewers every month. While mostly UK-centric, the sites have a global footprint with growing audiences in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and increasingly, the USA.