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Shakespeare Martineau supports local netball talent
  • Published:
    01 June
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Shakespeare Martineau supports local netball talent

Shakespeare Martineau, official legal partner for Commonwealth Games England, is supporting Solihull-based future netball star, Annabel Roddy.

Annabel, 16, was put forward for a SportsAid award by Netball England. SportsAid is a charity designed to help young sports people overcome the financial challenges they face in their bid to become Britain’s next generation of Olympians, Paralympians and world champions.

Shakespeare Martineau is supporting SportsAid athlete Annabel to fulfil her potential by helping her with essential training costs, travel and competition expenses.

The partnership between Annabel and Shakespeare Martineau follows the launch of the firm’s health and wellness programme, Walk to the Gold Coast Challenge, through which staff are challenged to embark on a number of team-based activities designed to promote a healthier workforce.

Staff members have been issued with step-monitoring Fitbit activity trackers to measure the success of various challenges that are being introduced in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

In a recent challenge, the firm’s Private Client team in Solihull were ‘top steppers’ and were given the option of supporting a SportsAid athlete as a prize. The team chose to support local athlete Annabel, inspired by how much she has achieved already.

Elaine Hart, private client legal executive at Shakespeare Martineau’s Solihull office, said: “Annabel is a real inspiration to us all. She works incredibly hard to fit her passion for sport around her school commitments. At just 16 years old there is so much pressure and yet Annabel takes her extra activities in her stride.
“We loved meeting Annabel. She is a confident and dedicated young woman who is a credit to her sport. We can’t wait to see her playing in some matches and cheering her from the side lines.”

Annabel Roddy, commented, “I’m so pleased to get this financial support from Shakespeare Martineau. This award only adds to my determination and energy to do the very best that I can. My ambition is to play for England and represent my country and I feel that I am now one step closer to achieving my goals.
“I plan to put the money towards gym equipment so I can train at home to help me juggle school with training. I can’t thank Shakespeare Martineau enough for the support. ”

Hannah Barrett, SportsAid’s Head of Fundraising, said: “We are delighted to be linking up with Shakespeare Martineau to support young up-and-coming athletes and provide them with the recognition they deserve. Annabel has shown real promise and the financial boost from Shakespeare Martineau will allow her to fully focus on her bright sporting future.”

"We’re delighted to be at the beginning of a partnership between two teams who share the same winning spirit and focus on supporting talent to achieve their potential. Everyone here has a great sense of pride and excitement to be working with Team England – a team that, after all, reflects just how much can be achieved by a diverse and varied group of individuals all focused on one goal. We can’t wait to get started."

Joanna Thornell, Client and Markets Director, Shakespeare Martineau