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Shakespeare Martineau backs East Midlands athletes of the future

Law firm, Shakespeare Martineau has pledged to support 10 of Britain’s best young sporting talent through a partnership with SportsAid, including two from the East Midlands.  

SportsAid is the only national charity of its kind, helping aspiring young British sports stars access funding and support to achieve their Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champion ambitions.  

Over the next 12 months, Shakespeare Martineau will be providing a £10,000 grant to help all of the athletes with training costs, equipment and competition expenses.  

Representing its national reach and local focus, the 10 athletes have been selected to mirror the firm’s office footprint, so Shakespeare Martineau’s ‘SportsAid Champions’ can actively support, train and follow the journeys of each young person closely.  

The talented athletes from the East Midlands include boxer Vinny Huczmann and short-track speed skater, Jonathan Moody. 

In the West Midlands, Birmingham-based para swimmer James Brown, pommel horse gymnast, Korben Fellows, triple jumper, Abazz Shayaam-Smith, Solihull-based cricketer, Isabelle Wong, and wheelchair basketball player, Jessica Dowdeswell from Stratford-upon-Avon are being supported. 

Elsewhere, swimmer Charlie Brown from Sheffield, badminton player Tashvi Parab from Milton Keynes and canoeist, Zak Benstead, based in London, are also part of the 10 aspiring athletes.  

Victoria Tester, chief operating officer at Shakespeare Martineau, said:

“Across the firm we have many sports enthusiasts and believe that the worlds of business and high-performance sport are intrinsically linked – not least because of the importance of nurturing tomorrow’s talent.  Keeping our people active and focused on teamwork is part of our DNA, so our SportsAid partnership is set to solidify this even more.  

“We have worked with SportsAid for five years and take great pride and inspiration from those athletes that we support. We’re looking forward to watching their progress as they continue to compete on a national and international stage. We wish them all the very best of luck!”  

Tim Lawler, CEO at SportsAid, said:

“SportsAid is very proud to be in partnership with Shakespeare Martineau to help talented young sports people.  It helps at a crucial time and can be transformational.” 

  For more information, visit Shakespeare Martineau.  


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