Will and Steve collecting ISPO awardFor the film industry Hollywood is the place to be, but for the world of sports retailers read Munich and ISPO.

ISPO is the biggest sporting goods trade show in Europe. Along with a trade show boasting exhibitions and conferences with the elite sporting goods manufacturers of the world, the ISPO awards are regarded as the Oscars of sports retailing.

So for the Quickplay team to come away with a Gold award was some achievement!

Started in 1970 ISPO has always provided a comprehensive, annual overview of the world of sports equipment, footwear and fashion.

With 80,000 visitors from over 120 countries, it’s the perfect platform for a growing businesses like Quickplay to measure itself against and to be rubbing shoulders with other award winners like the North Face, Puma and Fitbit, says a lot about how far our homegrown, Sheffield brand has come.

To pick up a Gold award really shows that the industry believes what we’ve known all along: that our products are genuinely innovative, made of the best materials and still value for money. We received the award for a performance product in the team sports section.

Other winners in that section included an impressive performance running shoe from skiwear giants Salomon and a really cool combo watch combining GOS, Cardio measurement and music from Tom Tom. We are immensely proud of the fact that in an environment like ISPO, dominated by outdoor, mountain and clothing products ours was the only winner in the whole of the awards designed exclusively for ball sports.

The award we scooped went to the Elite Combo, a product we are really pleased with and one we knew was a world-beater. So, as delighted as we were, we weren’t surprised.

Combo Elite The Elite Combo ‘3 in 1’ training product that is unique to the market but which still has all the hallmarks of Quickplay quality.

We think that The Elite Combo is the ultimate football training system. It’s a goal, a rebounder and a free kick wall in one. Each configuration uses the same set-up with the frame in the same position. This makes it very simple to change from one use to another. And like all our products can be used almost anywhere by almost anyone – and not just footballers.

Made from a combination of steel and fibreglass, the Elite Combo durable and strong, but crucially also lightweight. Its own weighted base makes it perfect for training in any location, with no need for extra anchorage like sandbags or pegs. The Elite Combo also fits in to its own elegant bag for hassle-free transportation.

The ISPO jury echoed our feelings of pride in the product with their statement for the Gold Award;

“The multiple configurations and the quality construction gave the Quickplay Elite Combo the edge over the competition. Quick setup and low weight make the training device easy to use and versatile".

The accompanying eCoach app offers a wide range of training options to get the most of the system.” As well as picking up awards our men in Munich were working hard to expand our outlets across the world. Looking to capitalise on our success in Sweden this year, plenty of time (with a few obligatory local Weissbeers) was spent with new Scandinavian prospects.

Our Israeli customer was really impressed with our new range of products and most exciting of all, we are looking to set up a deal to sell Quickplay products via a TV shopping channel in South America. Who knows? Our products might help produce the next Neymar!