Former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher and three-time UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year Peter Schmeichel have been confirmed as hosts for this year’s SBC Awards, featuring the inaugural CasinoBeats Awards, held on December 4 at the HAC Artillery Garden in London.

Having made her television debut in 1998, Gallacher has gone onto become one of the most recognisable faces in sports broadcasting, enjoying an illustrious 20-year career on Sky Sports.

Gallacher, who hosted the SBC Hall of Fame awards in September, was recently confirmed as a brand ambassador for William Hill. The presenter will be joined on stage by Schmeichel, the former Manchester United goalkeeper who enjoyed a trophy-laden eight-year spell at Old Trafford, and helped his native Denmark to unexpected success at the 1992 European Championships in Sweden.

The Dane will be available for meet-and-greet opportunities throughout the evening, while there will be a Q&A on stage before the start of the awards, with Gallacher asking Schmeichel about his career.

The former ‘keeper said: “It is a pleasure to be associated with the SBC Awards, an increasingly important indicator of the highest performing companies in sports betting – a sector that continues to play a significant role in the world of sports, and particularly football.”

Gallacher added: “Having witnessed first-hand the excitement around SBC organised events, I can’t wait for the SBC Awards 2018. Given my long association with football, it is particularly exciting for me to share the stage with a true footballing legend.”

This year’s Christmas-themed ceremony has been expanded to recognise excellence across 38 categories, which includes 12 operator/affiliate awards and 20 supplier awards, alongside five new CasinoBeats Awards and the inaugural Leader of the Year Award.

Rasmus Sojmark, CEO and founder of SBC, commented: “We are very proud to have two such outstanding sports personalities hosting this year’s SBC Awards. Kirsty Gallacher and Peter Schmeichel will play a big part in delivering an unforgettable awards evening to close off a successful year in style.”

To see the shortlisted companies for each of the awards, click here.

All attendees will also be treated to a champagne and cocktail reception, a three-course seated dinner, unlimited wine, beer, spirits and mixers on the table, as well as evening entertainment, including one of London’s top DJs.

Anyone wishing to book individual tickets or tables for the SBC Awards 2018, or to find out about sponsorship opportunities, please email sales@sbcgaming.com or call +44 (0) 161 367 1650 for more information.