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  • Published:
    25 October
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Shakespeare Martineau celebrates local sporting talent

We’ve been working closely with national charity SportsAid to celebrate the achievements of three Midlands-based rising stars in the world of sport.

Our support will help towards the training costs, equipment and competition expenses for these talented young athletes.

They include Sophie Woodward, 14, who recently won four gold medals at the National Para Swimming Championships; cyclist Jack Rootkin-Gray, 15, who recently took home the gold in the under-16 Alan Rosner Memorial Circuit Races; and gymnast Korben Fellows, 15, who won gold and silver medals at this year’s British Championships, for the pommel and rings events respectively.

The recent ‘Spotlight on Sport’ evening held at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham, drew upon the many links between sport and business. With Tim Lawler, CEO of SportsAid, interviewing both Helen Richardson-Walsh, gold medallist and 2016 Olympic Games GB hockey player and Niamh Emerson, winner of a bronze medal in this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games heptathlon during the evening.

Speaking of her award, Sophie Woodward said: “I have received grants and funding in the past but have never been made to feel this special. The knowledge that Shakespeare Martineau is supporting me and rooting for me has boosted my confidence enormously. It was also really inspiring to listen to the journeys of the other athletes in attendance at this great celebration of sport.”

Duncan James, partner and head of our Nottingham office, said: “We have always believed that the worlds of business and sport share a common ethos, where dedication, tenacity and resilience all pay great dividends.

“We are hugely proud of our continued relationship with SportsAid, and our ability to support young athletes such as Sophie, Jack and Korben. The firm looks forward to following their careers closely and we wish all three of them the greatest of success.”

Tim Lawler, CEO of SportsAid, said: “In my experience, the business world understands the values and inspiration of sport. They are two different worlds, but they do have some common ground. For this reason, it makes sense for businesses to align with, and sometimes invest in sport – it can make a huge difference.

“One very compelling area of sport to invest in is to help the next generation of the nation’s sporting heroes – our stars of tomorrow. These young people are pathfinders – they show the way with their achievements, their ambition and their passion – and by helping them to achieve their personal best, they will in turn inspire others. It is a brilliant way for businesses to create a living legacy in sport and society.”

"The dedication and commitment of Shakespeare Martineau
throughout the process helped to create, and preserve,
value for the shareholders."

Roger Crosse, Managing Director, POS Direct Ltd