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Concertus has become the latest business to sign-up to support aspiringsportsmen and women from Suffolk by becoming a sponsor of the Ipswich SportingLunch Club.

The news was announced at a special presentation event atPortman Road where nine young sportsmen and women from Suffolk were presented withgrants from SportsAid, the national charity for sports people.

The Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club was set up in January 2015 toraise money to enable SportsAid to support more talented up and coming sportsmenand women from Suffolk. The charity works with the governing bodies of 75sporting disciplines, to ensure the right athletes get financial support andrecognition at the right time.

Concertus joins six businesses from the Ipswich area who aresponsors of the Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club – Pound Gates Insurance Brokers,Ensors Chartered Accountants, Handelsbanken, Ellisons Solicitors, StrategiQ andPicasso HR.

Andrew Rowe, Managing Director of Concertus, said “We aredelighted to join some great local companies in sponsoring the Ipswich SportingLunch Club. It’s a real privilege to be able to support the talented youngsportsmen and women from Suffolk that SportsAid helps. Like us, they aspire tobe the best that they can be.”

The latest young sportsmen and women to receive funding fromSportsAid Suffolk are:
·Jordan Catchpole, international para-swimmer fromBeccles;
·Rebecca Sherwin, international swimmer fromFelixstowe;
·Georgia Eaton-Collins, Millwall and England footballerfrom Ipswich;
·Veron Eze, England basketball player from Ipswich;
·Blake Hoang, GB badminton squad member from Ipswich;
·Elise Martin de la Torre, international para-swimmer from Ipswich;
·Finlay Parnell, international water polo player fromIpswich;
·Connie Powell, national rugby talent developmentprogramme member from Ipswich;
·Lily May Humphreys, international golfer from Sudbury.

Lily May Humphreys, who is ranked number 1 in Europe at under14 level, said “I’d like to thank SportsAid for their amazing support. Itreally does mean a lot to know that an organisation like SportsAid hasrecognised my talent. It spurs me on to continue to work hard and strive to achieveat the very top level.”

Since SportsAid Suffolk was established in 2007 it has raisedand distributed £175,000 to support sportsmen and women from the county. TheIpswich Sporting Lunch Club is critical to the charity’s fundraising efforts.

The next Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club event takes place onFriday 22nd September when Olympic skeleton Gold medalist AmyWilliams MBE, will be guest of honour. Details are available at www.ipswichsportinglunchclub.co.uk.

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