National Express backing Team England’s bid for gold in 2018
Pictured: Para athlete Helen Scott MBE with driver Keith Grumbley-Reeves
National Express is announcing its support for Team England athletes as they gear up to go for gold in next year’s Commonwealth Games.
The UK’s largest coach operator is pledging to provide free coach passes to any athlete who wins gold in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, providing them with coach travel to more than 900 UK wide destinations including all the major airports.
The news comes as the Queen’s Baton Relay, which continues on its part of a year long tour of the Commonwealth countries, rolled into Birmingham City Centre on Sunday.
The arrival of the baton in Birmingham marked the city’s official bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games and National Express, whose headquarters is based in the heart of Birmingham, is backing the bid.
As an official supporter of Commonwealth Games England, National Express was privileged to be able to attend the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations in Brindley Place where driver Keith Grumbley-Reeves was honoured to hold the baton alongside Birmingham Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallist and para athlete Helen Scott MBE.
With the countdown to next year’s games now on, National Express is reminding all those booking their travel to the Gold Coast that its airport services offer fast, frequent and affordable transfers to all the major UK airports with a guaranteed seat.
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “With less than a year to go till the Gold Coast Games we are getting behind Team England and are delighted to offer any gold medal winning athletes a free coach pass to assist with training and competitions. We are also fully backing the bid to bring the 2022 games to Birmingham – the home of National Express.”
Driver Keith said: “It was an absolute honour to be able to hold the Queen’s Baton and stand next to an athlete like Helen. I’m Birmingham born and bred and I would be over the moon if we got to host the 2022 Commonwealth games in our city, what a fantastic spectacle that would be.”
Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games England Paul Blanchard said “It’s great to have the support of National Express on our road to the Gold Coast. Team England will be sending over 400 athletes from the length and breadth of our nation to Australia next year. With the backing of our partners like National Express we’ll be better prepared than we’ve ever been before. I hope a lot of our team will be receiving free coach passes when they return home as Commonwealth champions.”
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.
The National Express free travel initiative enables all gold medal winning athletes from the 2018 Commonwealth Games England team to attend training, competitions and championships up and down the country, as well as trips to visit family and friends.