National Express extends support of Team England to the Gold Coast in 2018
National Express has announced it will continue its longstanding support of Team England through to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
An Official Supporter of Team England, National Express is a leading international public transport operator and the biggest provider of scheduled services in the UK, operating high-frequency coaches which link around 900 destinations across the country.
A long-term partner of Commonwealth Games England, National Express partnered with Team England soon after the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi to initially support the team up to Glasgow 2014, where England topped the medal table.
National Express will now support Team England all the way through the next two Commonwealth Youth Games, to be staged in Samoa this September and in St Lucia in 2017, and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2018. This commitment is seen as a cornerstone to National Express’ Youth Promise – a pledge to work with young people in the communities it serves, and help to showcase youth talent.
As part of its ongoing support for Team England’s young athletes, National Express’s coach division will supply free return coach travel to Heathrow Airport for Team England athletes who have been selected to represent their country at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September (5-11).
The offer applies from anywhere in the UK and as an incentive the leading coach travel company will award free coach travel for a year to every athlete who wins a Gold medal in Samoa.
Nick Evans, Head of Commercial at Commonwealth Games England said: “We are delighted National Express has decided to continue their partnership with Team England up to the 2018 Games. It will make them our longest serving partner and means we can continue to further develop many of the programmes set up in the lead up to the Glasgow Games. Their support of the athletes, local communities, young athletes and the Team has been vital. We look forward to continuing what has been a very successful partnership."
Ian Metcalfe, Chairman of Commonwealth Games England said: “We're really pleased to announce that National Express has signed on and will continue to support Team England. The CGE team are already looking ahead to the 2018 Games to ensure that Team England are fully prepared and ready to compete on the international stage again. It'll be great to have the backing of National Express for our journey to the Gold Coast.
“To also have the assistance of National Express for this year’s talented group of youth athletes is great ahead of the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games. This might be their first opportunity to represent England and experience a multi-sport environment away from home and National Express will help ensure Team England’s young athletes have an enjoyable, comfortable experience.”
Tom Stables, Managing Director National Express UK Coach said: “We’re really pleased to continue our longstanding support for Team England and are particularly pleased to honour our promise to support young people by backing young athletes. The Commonwealth Youth Games showcase the talent of the future on an international stage and we are proud to play our part in the journey to sporting stardom.”
The fifth instalment of the Commonwealth Youth Games will take place in the Samoan capital city of Apia, with Team England having earned a top-three ranking as a nation in all four previous Commonwealth Youth Games.
Some of England’s highest profile sports stars have appeared at the Commonwealth Youth Games, including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Beth Tweddle, Danny Cipriani, Zoe Smith and James DeGale. The Youth Games provides a number of England’s emerging talent with their first exposure to an international, multi-sport environment.