imago lends support to funding hit Olympic team


Leicestershire based conferencing and hospitality brand imago, is backing the Olympic GB Women’s Volleyball Team by helping with its vital fundraising events.

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In August 2010 the team was told they would no longer receive funding from the British Volleyball Federation’s allocation of UK Sport Lottery Funding.

On 5th August, imago helped to run a fundraiser BBQ at Loughborough University’s SportPark and donated the proceeds of the barbeque to the team’s ongoing target of £450,000. imago runs the catering facilities at SportPark along with conference rooms and accommodation at three other venues based on campus.

Nottingham’s Grace Carter, a member of the Olympic GB Women’s Volleyball Team, said: “The funding cut has meant that we have no money for staff, no training facilities, no accommodation, no medical support, no sports science support and no athlete support funding. The staff and the squad decided not to give up and to begin raising our own money. The support of people, like the imago team, is really important in the race to meet our target that will enable us to have the correct preparation in the lead up to 2012.”

Alun Pomfrett, Manager of imago’s Holywell Park and the facilities at SportPark, added: “We’re proud to be associated with the team and plan to continue our support of their cause right up to the Games. The team has a strong chance of coming home with a medal, but they need the same levels of preparation and training as their competitors. We’re encouraging everyone to visit the team’s website to donate some money and feel part of the 2012 Olympic Games.”

imago is the Official Preparation Holding Camp for Team GB and the Japanese Olympic Team. The GB Women’s Volleyball Team will be holding other fundraising events and run an ‘adopt an Olympian’ scheme, giving businesses and schools the chance to learn what it takes to be a top athlete.

For further information on imago visit www.welcometoimago.com, call 0845 036 4624, or follow @imagolboro on twitter. You can support the GB Women’s Volleyball Team by sponsoring them via http://gbwomensvolleyball.co.uk/keeping-our-dream-alive/

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