IT services supplier CGI has teamed up with SportsAid to support young athletes in their journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as part of its official systems integration, business process services and IT outsourcing partnership.
CGI is the sponsor of the English, Scottish and Welsh teams and will fund nine athletes aged 15-24 for training costs, travel and competition expenses as part of its financial SportsAid Award.
The athletes specialise in sports such as athletics, disability athletics, cycling, swimming, gymnastics and basketball.
One of the atheletes supported by CGI is Katie Matts, a 16-year-old swimmer from Manchester, who won the British under-16 title for 100m breaststroke in 2014.
“Swimming has made me self-sufficient, determined and organised,” she said. “It has given me valuable lessons and the self-belief to achieve.”
This year she will be one of 12 swimmers representing Great Britain at the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore.
“I am very grateful to receive this SportsAid Award from CGI,” said Ashleigh Hellyer, a 24-year-old discus and shot put thrower from Swansea. “It will help enormously towards my travelling costs, kit, equipment, gym and instructor fees and protein supplements. My throwing frame alone cost £600.”
Read more about IT and students
- IT services supplier CGI provides UK government’s security vetting system under a four-year contract.
- MoD signs outsourcing agreement with CGI to increase digital-based learning.
- Satellite communications firm Inmarsat outsources the provision of security IT and services to CGI.
Tim Lawler, chief executive of SportsAid, said the support of GCI will make a great difference to some of the nation's brightest prospects.
“The cost of their sport is a daily challenge, so the support of CGI will be a massive boost. This is an exciting new partnership for SportsAid and it will make an instant impact,” said Lawler.
Tim Gregory, president of CGI UK, said it is important to identify and support talent, whether in sport or business.
“We are delighted to support SportsAid, which has such an excellent track record in fostering the best of British sporting talent,” he said. “We are looking forward to watching the progress of these budding athletes over the next few years and hope that we will make a contribution to the sporting stars of the future.”
Previous beneficiaries of SportsAid include Mo Farah, Dame Sarah Storey, Chris Hoy, Ellie Simmonds, Bradley Wiggins, David Weir and Jessica Ennis-Hill.