Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions, a new scheme which has been launched to support talented athletes from across the UK, has announced medal winning Olympic athlete Colin Jackson CBE as an ambassador for the sports development programme.
A strong line-up of Olympic and Paralympic athletes is also currently supported by the scheme as ‘Gold sponsored athletes’, including British gymnast Max Whitlock, who created a jaw-dropping historic moment in Rio as he won the first all-around gymnastics Olympic medal for Team GB in 108 years, taking Bronze. Whitlock’s Olympic medal is only the ninth won by a British gymnast and the first in the men’s all-around event since Walter Tysall’s Silver in 1908. In 2015, Whitlock became the first British man to win a World Gymnastics title.
Athletes also include; Tonia Couch, one of the most successful Great British female divers; Alyson Dixon, the first British woman to cross the finishing line at the London Marathon in April 2016; and Jade Jones, a Paralympic athlete who reached the finals of all three disciplines at the 2013 World Championships
“I’m proud to be involved with a scheme so dedicated to supporting athletic talent from grass roots up”, says Colin Jackson. “It’s important that we drive sporting excellence in our country and help our young prospects achieve their dreams to hopefully become Olympians in their own right.”
The Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme demonstrates the importance that the organisation places on talent development, from supporting grass roots athletes through to Olympic medal hopefuls. It aims to help many sports men and women achieve national and international sporting success by offering them gold, silver or bronze tiers of sponsorship. These packages provide them with funding for training, equipment, travel and competition costs, as well as access to over 140 Everyone Active leisure centres.
Everyone Active’s Managing Director, David Bibby, said: “We have long been committed to providing support for talented athletes across the country. When we established Everyone Active Sporting Champions, we aimed to continue this support and ensure that everyone has the chance to fulfil their potential.
“We are delighted to have former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson as our official ambassador for this fantastic programme and look forward to working alongside him to provide athletes with the inspiration and support needed to succeed. We would like to wish all our athletes the best of luck, both at the games and future sporting events”
To find out more about the Everyone Active’s Sporting Champion’s programme and the sponsorship packages it offers, visit www.easportingchampions.com. For further information on Everyone Active, visit www.everyoneactive.com.