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26 Jul 2012

Eversheds, SportsAid & TASS celebrate British sport at Athletes House

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International law firm Eversheds has teamed up with SportsAid and the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) to launch Athletes House at Eversheds’ City headquarters. This is a unique initiative which will establish TASS and the youth sports charity in the firm’s London office during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Athletes House launch event saw British sporting greats and the sports stars of tomorrow networking with Eversheds employees and stakeholders to demonstrate firsthand how SportsAid and TASS help aspiring sportsmen and women before anyone else. Sporting champions Karen Pickering MBE, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Steve Backley OBE and Leon Taylor have all benefited from SportsAid’s work and were among the guests at the evening reception.

Working with SportsAid, Eversheds has supported young athletes for seven years, including current ParalympicsGB members Lewis Skyers (football) and Victoria Bromley (table tennis) and Team GB diver Hannah Starling (women’s 3m springboard).

Anthony Arter, London Senior Office Partner at Eversheds, said:

“We are all very excited about Athletes House, an extension of our ongoing relationship with SportsAid. It is a pleasure to open the doors of our London office to provide a City base for the charity and its stakeholders. We have worked with SportsAid for many years to help unlock the talents of young athletes and we look forward to cheering on our SportsAid alumni alongside the rest of Team GB, during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Tim Lawler, Chief Executive of SportsAid, said:

“Athletes House is great opportunity for us to showcase our work with young athletes at a really exciting time for British sport. We will be highlighting what it will take for the next generation to emulate London 2012’s heroes and with the ongoing support of companies like Eversheds, we are confident they will be able to do so. More than 300 members of Team GB have received SportsAid’s support over the years and along with the rest of the country we will be backing them all the way.”

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Notes to Editors

About SportsAid

SportsAid helps the sports stars of tomorrow today by giving them recognition and financial support during the critical formative years of their careers. These athletes are typically aged 12 to 18 and are among Britain’s brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success.

Since 1976, SportsAid has distributed more than £50 million to athletes who have gone on to become some of Britain’s most successful of all time, including Bradley Wiggins CBE, Rebecca Adlington OBE, Sir Steve Redgrave, Paula Radcliffe MBE and Dame Kelly Holmes.

At London 2012, 308 of the 542 athletes who will represent Team GB and 200 of the 288 athletes who will represent Paralympics GB have received the charity’s support during their careers.

On behalf of UK Sport, SportsAid manages the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), which supports aspiring British sportsmen and women in higher or further education (HE/FE). Since 2004, the charity has distributed more than £25 million of TASS funding to talented athletes in HE/FE.

SportsAid is a registered charity (1111612). For more information visit www.sportsaid.org.uk, follow @TeamSportsAid on Twitter, find us on Facebook, or sign up to receive SportsAid’s monthly e-newsletter.

For more information contact

Chantel Gohil-Gray

Eversheds
t: +44 (0) 207 919 4629
m: + 44 (0) 7786 915 664
e: ChantelGohil-Gray@eversheds.com

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