Friday, 20 July 2018

Leander secures academy sponsor

LEANDER Club in Henley has secured a new sponsor to support its up-and-coming rowers.

LEANDER Club in Henley has secured a new sponsor to support its up-and-coming rowers.

Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier has signed a four-year deal to partner with the Leander Academy.

The academy has been running since 2000 and has about 50 boys and girls aged 16 to 18 on its books, including students at The Henley College.

Many Great Britain athletes have been selected from the academy, including Olympic bronze medallist Will Satch.

Paul Budd, Leander’s general manager, said: “The sponsorship will go directly to the young boys and girls to support their training costs. That would include coaching, equipment, boats, those sorts of things.

“It is a real homegrown operation. We get kids who have generally never rowed before. The academy has built up over the years and has become more robust and that has improved it.”

Jean-Marc Jacot, chief executive of Parmigiani Fleurier, said: “We are delighted to embark on this new sponsorship. This partnership is in line with our strategy of supporting rowing.

“Having worked with the World Rowing Federation for the last two years, we have been inspired by the many talented and motivated young athletes involved in this sport.

“We initiated the Parmigiani Fleurier Spirit Award, which led us to the natural progression of becoming a sponsor of the Leander Academy.

“We look forward to watching these young athletes progress and are proud to play a role in supporting them in their goals.”

Jeremy Randall, Leander president, said: “The precision timing necessary for both rowing crew and luxury watch-making success makes Parmigiani Fleurier a perfect fit for Leander.

“Thanks to the support of Parmigiani Fleurier and our other sponsors, we expect a significant percentage of our past and present academy athletes to compete and win medals at the Rio Olympics next year and in Tokyo in 2020.”

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