NEC Harlequins are delighted to announce that they have chosen the British Paralympic Association to be their nominated charity over the next two years.
Britain is one of the most successful Paralympic nations in the world, with the team finishing second in the medal table at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, with a total of 41 golds, 43 silvers and 47 bronze medals.
By staging various events over the next two years, Quins will be helping the BPA to raise the necessary funds to prepare the British team for the Paralympic Games in Athens during September of next year. The games are expected to attract approximately 4,000 Paralympic athletes from around 130 countries.
"I am really looking forward to building a successful partnership with the British Paralympic Association and helping them with their preparations for the Paralympic Games in Athens next year," said Tony Copsey, NEC Harlequins Managing Director. "Britain clearly has some of the most talented disabled athletes in the world and hopefully with our support the team can go one step further then they did in Sydney, by finishing top of the medal table in Athens."
"Getting the British team of disabled athletes to the Athens Paralympic Games in such a way that they can beat the rest of the world is a fantastic challenge for the British Paralympic Association," said Jane Young, Fundraising Manager for the BPA. "It makes a huge difference to us to have the support of Harlequins. We are really looking forward to working with Quins and having the chance to bring two great teams together."
The British Paralympic Association was formed in 1989 and became the first Paralympic Association in the world. Registered as a company in April 1989, it became a limited company with charitable status in November of that year. It soon became recognised by government and sporting agencies as the core agency dealing with elite disability sport in the UK.
Similarly on the international front, the BPA quickly became recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the contact for disability sport in this country.
Over the last two years Quins have supported the national children's charity Whizz-Kidz, with the partnership between the two raising an amazing total of �59,625 through various fundraising activities.