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It says HEAVYWEIGHT Trophy, what exactly does that mean?

David Smith,

Good question. In our first article on the new heavyweight trophies we’ll smash the mystery – literally.

How Celebrity Chefs changed our concept of eating.

At 8:55 pm on Wednesday, 12th June 1946 the journey of the TV Chef began with a Worldwide first on British Television. The BBC’s first cookery programme came to air, called simply “Cookery” and starring Philip Harben it was just 10 minutes long.

Tower Trophies | Philip Harben's Cooking Encyclopedia

Philip showed the Nation how to make lobster vol-au-vents during his first broadcast but as Britain was still subject to food rationing following the War he would often use his own rations to show his audience how to make Steak & Kidney Pie and how to cook chips. He may well have been the first but he set the path for the rise of the Celebratory Chef and more importantly the way the British Nation view food, cookery and the kitchen.

Fanny Craddock, Keith Floyd, Ken Hom, Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver, Paul Hollywood. The list is extensive but each has one thing in common with the other, they have all influenced our daily view of eating and cooking and for the most part for the good. During the 1940’s the emphasis was on cooking healthy food on a budget with ingredients sourced from as local as possible, often the cooks own garden, not least because War time food rationing did not end until July 1954.

Tower Trophies | Blackberries in the Hedgerow

Locally caught game was complimented by potatoes and vegetables from the garden and followed with a hearty pudding of Blackberry and Apple pie foraged from the hedgerows. and encased in homemade pastry.

As the people became more affluent the cooking programmes reflected the yearning for better things and austere dishes gave way to home entertaining with produce sourced from around the World. Kumquats and Mangoes replaced local berries and Tiramisu trumped traditional pies and of course Fanny, Keith and Ken inspired and led the charge.

In the 21st Century the World of television and radio has its own cooking celebrities and much anticipated programmes – now even it’s own channel. The Great British Bake off commands an audience of 6.3 million and added drama to the airways when vast sums of money enticed it from it’s original BBC home to Channel 4. Now watching Baking is as big an industry as the actual baking itself and encompasses Drama, Popularity and Money . Trends have come and gone with Prawn Cocktail giving way to Snail Porridge but there is an irony to be seen in the turning of the Celebrity Chef circle as flying exotic ingredients half way around the World is now frowned upon with ingredients grown locally or foraged in the hedgerows once again – hello 1940 it’s great to see you back!

Tower Trophies Baking Trophy

Competitive cooking emerged from the early days of Baking with the best short bread taking the winning card at local produce and farming shows around Britain with Granny’s Victoria sponge cake being the talk of the village. Never one to miss an opportunity our celebrity cooking alter egos invented Master Chef, The Great British Menu and of course The Great British Bake Off which is in a Marquee just like the village shows of yesteryear.

Needless to say its not the taking part that counts – its the winning! So you’d expect our Baking Trophies to keep up with the trends and we continue to add more designs year on year. Tower Trophies is one of Britain’s Biggest Stockists of Trophies and Awards and we are regularly asked to supply custom made Cooking Awards, Chef Trophies and Corporate Branded Trophies for village shows and National exhibitions alike.

What prompted modern day Football Trophies?

Since ancient times trophies have marked victories, in fact, the word “trophy” is derived from the Greek tropaion, which comes from the verb trope, meaning “to rout.” In ancient Greece, trophies reflected victory in war, and were created on the battlefield at the place where the enemy had been defeated.

At that time some sporting trophies included shields originally used in battle, thought to be the inspiration for the Wooden Shields we give today, but some contestant winners were given prized Olive oil which was naturally held in a vase or cup. This is most likely to be a forerunner to the silver cups and chalices that we use as trophies to this day.

For many years where a trophy was presented for Annual Perpetual Challenge, that is competed for every year, the Winners name was recorded on the original trophy cup, usually by engraving, however it became tradition to award a small replica of the original trophy cup so that the Winner had a memento to display at home after the main trophy had been returned. These replica cups became the fore runner of the Football Trophies that we award today.

Traditionally these cups were made from silver by skilled Silversmiths and smaller exact replicas made for the winner to keep after the original cup was handed back for presentation to it’s next winner. Mostly Sports Trophies were available from the local Jeweller’s shop but as popularity grew the specialist Sports Trophy Shop began to appear throughout the Country. With the rise of these trophy shops came an explosion of designs and ideas.

As costs escalated the fledgling trophy industry began to explore new materials and production methods to ensure the continued affordability of the replica trophies.

Vacuum Plated Plastic Cup

A Sporting Trophy Cup made from solid silver is still available but commands a price in the thousands of pounds so identical items finished in silver plate, nickle plate or even chrome are more likely to be found on the shelf of your local trophy shop today. The trophy cup shown here is, amazingly, made of metallic vacuum plated plastic!

The oldest Association football trophy is the Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup (Scotland), commonly known as the Scottish Cup, which has been continuously awarded since 1874. The Cup is played for annually as the main national cup competition in Scotland. The only known football trophy older than the Scottish Cup is the Youdan Cup, which was awarded for Sheffield rules football and only once, in 1867.

As fashions and trends develop the traditional trophy cup remains popular but more regularly the replica has become a model of a footballer, a medal or even a shield.

FA Cup Runners Up Medal

The winners and runners-up of both the FA Cup and the Scottish Cup receive medals to mark their achievement and this tradition is becoming increasingly fashionable again at Football’s Grassroots level. The popularity of bespoke football medals is on the rise and increasingly affordable.

Modern production methods and materials have opened the door to a diverse Football Trophy range. The 1970’s saw the rise of American influenced plastic awards as tall as a skyscraper but as light as a butterfly wing. As the decades have passed we have seen more British design influencing the Football Awards readily available with cast resin figures dominating the Industry for some considerable time.

Humorous Hulk Football Trophy

This humorous football trophy is cast in Resin and individually hand painted and costing around £10 shows just what incredible value can be achieved.

From Ancient Greece to the 21st Century the attraction of rewarding our great achievers is as popular as it ever was and new generations of Youth Football Players are spurred on by the excitement of receiving their first ever Football Trophy some of whom, of course, will one day mount the steps at Wembley Stadium to receive their ultimate goal with no care for the history that has proceeded them.

How to order Winners and Runners Up trophies at the same time.

Our pages are laid out with all sizes of each trophy shown at the same time with a group picture at the top. This allows you to order two sizes of a trophy at the same time. This is particularly useful when you are ordering different size trophies for the Winners and Runners Up of your competition (or maybe first, second, third and fourth for example)

The COPY button to the right of the engraving box allows you to enter your engraving instructions ONCE and then copy the line into any other trophies that you are ordering from this page. (Remember to enter the amount of trophies that you need, of each size, before using the copy button.

Copy Engraving Instructions

We recommend that you always log-in before working on your order as your progress will be saved to our servers as you go. If you are not logged in anything that you have changed will be lost if you close your browser.

Have a ‘play’ with our systems to see how to get the most from them. Try a spoof Trophy order here to see how it works.

How to send your Engraving Instructions by Email

  1. Enter the quantity of trophies that you need.
  2. In the first box [Engraving Line 1 ] type the words See Email
  3. Download Excel Template here
  4. Complete Excel sheet as the example shown on the sheet
  5. Reply to your order acknowledgement email and attach the completed Excel File
How to Email Engraving Instructions
Order on-line and send engraving instructions separately by Email

How to pay by Credit or Debit Card without registering for PayPal

We offer you 3 ways to pay when ordering from Tower Trophies.

  1. Direct to our Bank Account by using Internet Banking (FPO)
  2. Credit or Debit Card
  3. PayPal

You do not need to be registered with PayPal to pay by Payment Card but some customers have been confused by the checkout process. Our cards are processed by PayPal merely as a Merchant Services Provider in the same way as many of the others (SagePay, Cardnet etc.) The first screen has a prominent LOG IN button which is for registered PayPal users.

If you are not registered with PayPal and don’t want to be then just choose the Pay by Debit or Credit Card button below the Log In button. See the image below.

Tower Trophies PayPal Log In Page

This will take you to the Card details page for you to enter details in the usual way. At the foot of the page you are asked “Why not create a PayPal Account? If you don’t want to just choose No thanks. Take a look at the image below to familiarise yourself with the checkout pages.

Tower Trophies Card Payment Page

Find out more about our Payment Methods by visiting the Information Section of our Website.

Here’s why 4 out of 5 Children love our New Golden Days Football Trophy Collection.

Childrens Painted Hands

Children take in the world around them through their eyes, and bright colours are one of the first aspects of sight that help them distinguish form. 
Tower Trophies Golden Days Collection | Boot & Ball

We asked a number of young footballers to appraise our New Golden Days Football Trophy Collection and 4 out of 5 said they preferred the brightness of this Golden collection than equivalent versions in antiqued finishes. It seems that there is a Scientific explanation in addition to just youthful preference.

Whilst the bronzed and antique finishes continue to appeal to the more sophisticated pallets of the adults young players are predisposed to bright and cheerful colours.

At about 5-months old, children can see colours with their still-developing vision, though distinguishing bright colours comes easier to them. As children age, they continue to be drawn to brighter colours. Colour has also been known to affect their moods and behaviour.

Tower Trophies Golden Days Collection Brochure
The all new Tower Trophies Golden Days Collection is designed to appeal to the younger winners.

Our Golden Collection is deliberately coated with a Rich and Shiny Metallic Plating to catch the light and offer a prestigious trophy to mark the Golden Days of Youth.

The Football Trophy designs are robust and weighty and includes, as a matter of course, the team emblem so is proving scarily popular as a Football Squad award. All of our trophies include 90 letters of engraving so there’s plenty of room for the team name and the individual child’s name. The range consists of ten designs in 3 sizes so every budget, no matter how small, is catered for. We expect to sell out quickly so I suggest you reserve stock.

Nominate the People who take Pride in helping you.

Football at ‘Grass Roots’ level is all about the local heroes, often unsung, who make the game work week in week out. Tens of thousands of boys and girls turn up every week to play a game of Football but you’ll know that it takes more than a pitch and 22 enthusiastic children to make it happen.

Football Trophies are important for the players; particularly the young. They are great motivators and often the spring board for greater things. Invariably they are the protector of dreams and memories. Ask any Dad who proudly shows his Son or Daughter trophies from his youth.

The smile on the face of my seven year old, voted Man of the Match, was wider than the pitch on which he achieved it but although he takes it for granted that the game will go on its the Ladies and Gentlemen behind the scenes that have enabled it. That’s why it is so important that you should nominate the best of your best for the FA Grassroots Awards. Eleven different categories allow you to take a broad view of the most dedicated, committed members of your organisation.

You can find out more about the Awards criteria and Values at the FA Grassroots site here but in the meantime we’ve chosen a few Football Trophy suggestions so that you just have to nominate your own heroes. Take a moment to put your own nomination to each section.

Coach of the year

Community Project of the year

Charter Standard club of the year

Charter Standard league of the year

Grounds team of the year

Match official of the year

Supporters of the year

The Bobby Moore Award

The Respect Award

Volunteer of the year

Young Volunteer of the year

What exactly are Heavyweight Trophies?

Tower Trophies Heavyweight Trophy
New Heavyweight Football Trophies from Tower Trophies

Frankly, they are plastic; but, filled with a heavyweight material that gives them as much weight as a resin and often more.

So does that make them cheap and tacky? They certainly are cheaper. In some cases as much as 30% to 40% less than the resin equivalents which means that you’ll get a much bigger trophy for your budget. Honestly, the method of production means that the model is a much crisper presentation of the subject. You’ll see that the detail in the Heavyweight Football Trophies illustrated above is clear and precise and of course the automated production is what makes the price difference so dramatic.

So how come they are heavyweight if they are made of plastic? There’s no clever secret to this. All of the trophies are made from a rigid polymer so firstly they don’t feel or even look like plastic. In many cases you have to look very hard at two similar football trophies to see what the difference is. The model is first moulded as a hollow outer shell and then filled with a plaster. It’s that simple. They effectively are full of concrete!

Oddly enough it is a great idea because what we call the ‘clunk’ factor is a very big deal in the presentation world. You want your trophies to feel substantial and in previous days of moulded plastic it was only the addition of a stone or marble base that gave them any weight at all.

Tower Trophies Heavyweight Football Trophy

So what is the verdict are they a good thing or not? They are definitely a good thing. It is a very innovative product and some of the designs are excellent. Cost is all important to clubs and leagues with a fixed trophy budget so this product ticks a number of boxes, good price, great design, good feel and another factor which proves important in the Youth Football Trophy market is durability. The all popular Resin Awards look and feel great but drop them on a hard surface and they shatter like glass. That’s not to say that the Heavyweight trophies are indestructible but they will survive a few more beatings than the resin equivalent

As with all new products you need to be selective. There are some great designs but equally some dodgy ones, the images on our website give you a really good representation these days but if you have any doubt give us a call and we’ll grab one from our showroom and give you a first hand opinion.

How to Reserve Trophies

Make sure that you do not miss out on your first choice of trophy. Whilst we have large stocks available at the start of the season you will find that these sell out very quickly so you can RESERVE your stock with a 50% deposit. The balance is paid when you give us the final engraving instructions.

Here’s how to reserve your trophies.

  1. Place your order for ENGRAVED trophies online up to three months before they are required. [Minimum order £100]
  2. If you don’t know what your engraving instructions will be; simply add the words “Engraving to follow” in Text Line 1 of the Engraving Instructions box.
  3. Choose Cheque/Direct Payment as your Payment Method.
  4. Check out in the normal way. An acknowledgement will be sent automatically.
  5. Make a payment DIRECT to our Bank Account with 50% of the total order [Payment must be by transfer – we cannot accept a card payment or cheque for this promotion]
  6. We will contact you 4 weeks before your Presentation Date to obtain Engraving Instructions and your balancing payment.
  7. Engraving must be on a four column Excel sheet. (Ask for a template)
  8. You can add to the order at a later date subject to available stock.
  9. Your orders will be reserved for delivery in the usual way.

Tower Trophies Oskar Icon Awards - Reserved for a customer pending receipt of Engraving Instructions
Tower Trophies Oskar Icon Awards – Reserved for a customer pending receipt of Engraving Instructions