Sport: Notts businesses called upon to support young athletes

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NOTTINGHAM’S businesses will be raising crucial funds at an event next week in aid of SportsAid – a charity which supports local athletes with financial assistance.

Danielle Sellwood – former Team GB canoeist and current director of visual campaigns at the Women’s Sports Trust – will speak at the lunch club event, being held on Friday 18 March at 12pm.

Nelsons Solicitors, Yorkshire Bank, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, AdamsonJones and PKFCooperParry are sponsoring the event, being held at Trent Bridge.

SportsAid provides funding to young sportspeople aged 12 to 18 who typically have no other financial assistance other than that provided by their parents. Previous recipients of SportsAid support include Steve Redgrave and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Tim Lawler, chief executive of SportsAid, has been impressed by the commitment of the lunch club sponsors – having all played a role in supporting young athletes realise their potential. The charity is marking its 40th anniversary in 2016.


He said: “The Nottingham Lunch Club is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to show their support for SportsAid and make a real difference to young talented athletes in their own community.


“The lunch club helps generate money to fund SportsAid awards, which cover certain training and competition costs for the athletes, and also provide recognition and extra motivation for them to fulfil their potential.”  


During the lunch, an award of £500 will be made to 15 year old canoeist Nikita Setchell who, in 2015, was Junior 16 Champion at the English Championships and 1st Junior 15 GB Champion at the British Junior Championships. 


Tim continued: “We’re delighted Nikita will be receiving her SportsAid Award at the Lunch Club – she is a bright prospect and this will act as an additional boost for her as she continues to progress as an athlete.  


“SportsAid has been supporting Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls for four decades now, and we want to use our 40th anniversary year as a great springboard for the future – the next generation will always need our help.”

If you would like to support SportsAid by taking a table at this event, tables of eight are available for £200. For more information contact Eleanor McGuinness on 0115 989 5316 or email

For more information about SportsAid and how you could become a sponsor, please visit

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