Bernese Communications Award 2021 to YB Head of Sport Christoph Spycher

The winner of the 11th Bernese Communications Award is YB head of sport Christoph Spycher. The award ceremony took place on Monday evening at the Wankdorf stadium in Bern.

Sonja Hasler, Boris Pilleri, Christoph Spycher and Benjamin Blaser (from left to right) at the award ceremony for the 11th Bernese Communication Prize on Monday evening at the Wankdorf stadium. (Image: obs/Berner Kommunikationspreis/Gaby Züblin)

When former Swiss international and Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga professional Christoph Spycher took the helm as sporting director in September 2016, YB had been stuck with the image of perennial runners-up for years. But then things started to look up for YB.

The Bernese have now won the Swiss football championship four times in a row. The media, the sporting world, they are all full of praise: Christoph Spycher is uncomplicated, friendly, competent, modest... "The current success is not a matter of course. There is a lot of hard work behind it and, above all, a well-rehearsed team", this answer in an interview is emblematic for him, for his team spirit, for his modesty, as the Bernese Public Relations Society BPRG writes in a statement.

For BPRG vice-president Benjamin Blaser, one thing is clear: "Christoph Spycher will go down in the annals of YB not only because of his sporting successes. He has written Swiss football history and set milestones in Bern - and he is also convincing in terms of communication with his emphatic and always fair manner. No wonder he is held in such high esteem both within the club and by the fans and media..."

This year, the BPRG awarded Christoph Spycher the 11th Bernese Communications Prize for his achievements.

Every year, the BPRG awards the Communication Prize to a person who has achieved exceptional communicative achievements without the need for specialist training. The award winner demonstrates his or her communication skills in a talk with Sonja Hasler and receives a specially created work, this year designed by Bernese illustrator Boris Pilleri.

The previous award winners

  • 2020 Peter Glauser and Mike Glauser, inventor, producer and marketer of the "Belper Knolle".
  • 2019 Livia Anne Richard, playwright and director
  • 2018 Andrea Staudacher, Event Designer Future Food Lab
  • 2017 André Lüthi, CEO Globetrotter Group
  • 2016 Prof. Dr Thomas Stocker, climate researcher University of Bern
  • 2015 Mujinga Kambundji, track and field athlete
  • 2014 Hans Zurbrügg, Founder and President Int. Jazzfestival Bern
  • 2013 Francis Foss Pauchard, Olmo founder
  • 2012 Bernd Schildger, Zoo Director
  • 2011 Steff la Cheffe, beatboxer and rapper
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