5th June 2019

Billy’s Buddies has won Best National Preschooler Activity in the 2019 What’s On 4 Kids Awards – Recognising Excellence in Australian Kids Activity Industry.

The What’s On 4 Kids Awards is Australia’s only industry event for the kids activity, family entertainment and party businesses.

The demand for children’s activities continues to grow steadily, making the children’s activity and party industry one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

Billy Slater, NRL superstar and the brains behind Billy’s Buddies, started the program in Brisbane in January 2016 and has seen more than 8000 children participate across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and his hometown of Cairns.

Billy Slater says, “It’s such a fantastic achievement. I started the program to provide children with the opportunity to get outside and be active. We are a non-contact program, with the fundamentals of movement at heart – it’s also a non-competitive program and more about teaching and role modelling a healthy and active lifestyle.

“To be just three years old and win a national award is fantastic – I’m very proud of the whole team”, Slater adds.

Elise Easdown, founder of the What’s On 4 Kids Awards, comments, “We feel very privileged to not only work with this industry but to also celebrate them with the What’s On 4 Kids Awards. Winning awards gives the industry recognition, increases team morale and workplace culture and leads to more family interest”.

In its 8th successful year, the 2019 What’s On 4 Kids Awards is recognising excellence in the industry over 27 categories. Categories include Industry Leaders, Best Family Day Out, Best Franchised Kids Activity, Best Team Culture, Best National Preschooler Activity & Best Kids Activity for Cultural Diversity and Best Kids Party Provider.

All nominations are judged by an independent panel with the ‘People’s Choice’ winners decided on community voting. Winners were announced at a gala dinner at Sheraton Grand Mirage on the Gold Coast on Saturday 1st June 2019.

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For more information contact Billy’s Buddies General Manager, Alexandra Herrmann via, or 0411 597 643