The Doddie Weir Foundation | MND | Competition | Thomas Lyte

The Doddie Weir Foundation

Through the support of Barbarians sponsor Killik & Co. Thomas Lyte are delighted to be able to support the Doddie Weir Foundation.

Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most recognised faces and personalities, a championship winner at club level for Melrose and Newcastle Falcons, and on the international stage for Scotland and the British Lions.  Capped 61 times for Scotland, Doddie toured with the Lions to South Africa in 1997, and continues to represent the most famous touring team in the game across the world at dinners, lunches and functions.

In June 2017 Doddie revealed he was suffering with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and immediately set about raising awareness of the disease and supporting fellow sufferers. He timed his announcement to coincide with Global MND Awareness Day and continues to support MND charities and research.

We at Thomas Lyte were touched by the amazing scenes at Murrayfield when Doddie Weir strolled out with the ball for Scotland’s Autumn International against The All Blacks with his sons.  An inspiration to many people, we are delighted to be able to support Doddie’s foundation with a draw for a signed barbarians shirt from their Autumn fixture against The All Blacks. 

Simply follow the link to donate and be in with a chance to win the signed Killik Baribians Shirt.

 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thomas-lyte

Remember to leave your name and email when you have donated!

Sporting Wine Club

Also supporting the Doddie Weir Foundation are our friends at the Sporting Wine Club.  

The Sporting Wine Club is the brian child of former England Rugby International Simon Halliday and Chris Mariner.  The wines on sale through The Sporting Wine Club all have a link to the world of sport, either is owned or produced by sporting personalities or individuals with a strong, authentic relationship with sport. With a healthy number of well-known sporting personalities already on board, they are always looking to expand their portfolio. Two rules: all of the wines are produced by sporting personalities and every wine they sell is an estate wine, bottled at source.

Together with the help of European Rugby, Sporting Wine Club have already raised £25,000, for the Doddie Weir Foundation.

To continue to support Doddie, Sporting Wine Club are making donations to The Doddie Wier Foundation when you purchase cases of three of their wines. £5 per case for the Meerkat Sauvignon Blanc, Meerkat Burrow Blend and £10 per case on the Mon René Sparking Wine. They have a target in mind to raise another £2,500 through these sales and also to raise awareness of MND.

So you can buy some great winend also support the Doddie Weir Foundation. To buy your Wine from the Sporting Wine Club, click here.

Designer & Makers of The ICC Bat & Ball 2017 Awards | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are honoured to be the Designers & Makers of The ICC Bat & Ball 2017 Awards. Played every four years, The International Cricket Council Champions Trophy took place in England and Wales in 2017. With rivals India and Pakistan battling head to head in the final of the tournament, it was Pakisatn, the lowest ranking club in the tournament that would be victorious. 

Handcrafted from the finest materials at the hands of our master artisans, the Golden Bat and Golden Ball were presented after the winner of the tournament was announced.  Skillfully shaped like a cricket bat, the Golden Bat went to the Highest Scorer of the Tournament, Shikhar Dhawan from the Indian Cricket team who scored 338 runs.  Set on top of a wooden plinth, the Golden Ball, handcrafted to represent a cricket ball, was presented to the highest wicket Taker in the Tournament.  This was presented to Hasan Ali of Pakisatan for taking 13 wickets in five matches.

Designers & Makers of The Farmfoods European Senior Masters Trophy | Thomas Lyte

A fantastic event, we are proud to be the Designers and Makers of The Farmfoods European Senior Masters Trophy. An inaugural tournament, it offers amateurs the opportunity to play, partner and watch some of the finest senior European Golf Players.

With a clean design, this trophy features an elongated body with elegant tapered handles.  Handcrafted using traditional techniques in our London workshop, this 70cm trophy sits atop of a wooden plinth.  Finished with a golf ball resting on the lid, this trophy commands the attention it deserves.

To find out more on the competition, please visit: The European Senior Masters Website

LMA – The Manager Magazine Autumn 2017 | Thomas Lyte

As Proud Designers and Makers of The LMA Sir Alex Ferguson, Thomas Lyte was featured in the LMA Manager Magazine Autumn 2017 issue.  With a double page spread, Thomas Lyte retold the momentous day that Sir Alex Ferguson visited our London workshop to cast his eye onto the trophy that would bear his name.  With the continued partnership between the League Managers Assoistation and Thomas Lyte, we look to the future as Masters of Sport working together.

Designers & Makers of The Nigerian Federation Cup | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are thrilled to be the Designers & Makers of the Nigerian Federation Cup. First established in 1945 by the Nigerian Football Federation, it has been played under different names over the years but is still remains a favourite among the hearts of Nigerian football fans.  

Handcrafted in our London workshop, it was funded by the 2012 President of the Lagos State Football Association in Nigerian.  Exqusitely mastered from Sterling Silver, this trophy features squared handles and an engraved body.  A dominating size, this trophy reflects the strength of the eagle featured on the NFF logo.

Makers of The Afrobasket Trophy | African Basketball | Thomas Lyte

Continuing on our collaborations with FIBA and Radiant Studios, Thomas Lyte are proud to be the Makers of The FIBA Afrobasket Cup.  Orginally known as The African Championship of Nations, this basketball competition was first established in 1962.  Grown to 16 of the best competing nations, the qualifying teams will face off against teams from across the world for the FIBA World Cup in 2019.

Taking in the excess of 130 hours to craft, the Afrobasket trophy stands at 60cm high and 26cm wide.  The trophy features a spirraled inside symbolising the movement of a basketball.  Sterling Silver and gold plated, this trophy has an elevated basketball and gold plated Africa which has been handcrafted in our London workshop.  It also features the connecting band that all the new FIBA trophies have, and stands as the only matching feature between them. 

For this exquisitely modern trophy, our silversmiths used the traditional silversmithing processes of spinning, chasing, guilding, plating, engraving and polishing to bring all the elements together.

Restorers of The Women’s Rugby World Cup | Womens Rugby | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are proud to be chosen and entrusted as The Restorers of The Women’s Rugby World Cup. As the premier international competition for women in rugby, this tournament was first established in 1991 and is held every four years. It features 12 teams from across the globe with the top seven teams from the previous tournament qualifying automatically.

Each year in our London workshop, our skilled silversmiths repair damages, polish the silver and ensure that it is restored to its former glory for generations to enjoy for years to come.

It’s Trophy Thursday! | Thomas Lyte

Trophy Thursday

Every week, we like to celebrate the iconic sporting silverware that we have helped craft in our London workshop. This week, we are showcasing the FIBA’s gleaming AmeriCup Trophy, the Women’s Rugby World Cup and The Laver Cup.


AmeriCup Trophy

Americup

Volleying into action first is FIBA’s gleaming AmeriCup Trophy! In a new era for basketball, the brand new competition launches tomorrow, with competing nations vying to be crowned the King of the Americas and lift the 60cm tall trophy for the first time.

Our artisans spent more than 70 craft hours hand making the trophy in our London workshop from Sterling Silver. The trophy, designed by our partners Radiant Studios, features a unique 24ct gold plated band.  It visually connects all of the new trophies crafted for FIBA this year, as the only matching design element between them. The ingenious design and craftsmanship creates the effect of levitating a basketball.

The Americup is one of a suite of trophies commissioned by FIBA that Thomas Lyte has crafted, which include the FIBA Asia Cup Trophy, the FIBA World Cup Trophy and the Basketball Champions League Trophy. Thomas Lyte wishes the 12 competing nations all the best. Here’s to an enthralling inaugural AmeriCup!


Women’s Rugby World Cup

Women's Rugby World Cup

It has been a tense few weeks for the Women’s Rugby World Cup but this week sees the conclusion of this prestigious tournament with England versus New Zealand on Saturday the 26th of August. The trophy first departed the World Rugby Hall of Fame in Rugby on the 13th of March to make it’s way around the island of Ireland in the lead of to the tournament.

For the fourth time in Women’s Rugby World Cup history, England and New Zealand will go head to head. New Zealand have been successfull in the previous three matches but can the English push it across the line? We wish both teams good luck for this weekend!


The Laver Cup

Laver Cup

Yesterday, seen the announcement of The Laver Cup. A new tennis tournament, the Laver Cup is an international men’s tennis competition with two teams of 6.

One team representing Europe captained by Bjorn Borg, and a Rest of The World Team captained by John McEnroe. The trophy and tournament have been named in honour of Australian legend Rod Laver.

Unsuprisingly Borg has selected Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Austrian Dominic Thiem, Czech Tomas Berdych and Alexander Zverev. Interesting however, for the Rest of the World team, John McEnroe has selected Juan Martin del Potro, Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic, John Isner, Jack Sock and Sam Querrey.

Slamming into action from September 22-24 in Prague, it will be exciting to see how Federer and Nadal fair as team-mates rather than opponents!

Designers & Makers of UEFA Europa League Player of the Season Award

Thomas Lyte are honoured to be the Designers & Makers of The UEFA Europa League Player of the Season Award. This award is selected by a jury composed of the coaches of the 48 clubs in the UEFA Europa League group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) Group.

Handcrafted by our silversmiths in our London workship, it was made from solid silver and 24 carat gold plating and stands 36cm tall.  Inspired by the stunning Europa League trophy, the Player of the Season Award is crafted from a single sheet of silver and hand planished using a historic metalworking technique to give a wonderful textured finish.

The award is created from 11 individual spears of sterling silver. 10 spears create a majestic crown with a commanding central and elevated spear towering above the crown.

A total of 60 craft hours have been taken to create this trophy, which goes through a process of exquisite silversmithing, polishing and plating.