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Clay Paky light the Sky Sports Living For Sport Awards
Lighting Designer
Iain Davidson
Richard Martin Lighting
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UNITED KINGDOM – For 10 years Sky has been sponsoring young people in schools by providing mentors from the top people in sport. This year Sky mounted a full spec awards ceremony to mark their achievements.

The Awards, which have two categories, Student of the Year and Teacher of the Year, celebrate the successful way secondary schools are using sport to inspire young people, through Sky Sports Living for Sport projects. They are only open to students who have completed a project that academic year.

Delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, the Awards celebrate the success of secondary schools across the country in using sport to inspire young people and provide an opportunity to profile the achievements of both students and teachers.

Sky Sports Living for Sport is one of Sky’s Bigger Picture initiatives.

‘Although Sky has several studios it was a tight turnaround to fit the event in Studio 4 and 5 (removing a dividing wall gives a larger studio from two) due to other programme commitments. Studio 4 was available to be rigged at 22.00 on Thursday and had to be ready for crew call at 6am and TX at 11.30am.’
syas lighting director Iain Davidson.

Davidson and his crew worked through the night to get the rig in place, keeping the design uncomplicated but dramatic enough to give a sense of occasion for the participants. Richard Martin Lighting (RML) provided Sky with the lights for the event.

Iain used four groups of Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700’s for the ‘big beams’ and a couple of Clay Paky Sharpys to give a fine column of light behind the presenters.

Since the programme started, it has gone from strength to strength and to date Sky Spots have worked with over 2,600 schools and helped benefit over 45,000 young people. The primary aim of the programme is to use sport stars and sport skills to help increase young people’s confidence, self-esteem, engagement in, and attitudes to, learning, and improve their health and wellbeing.