Ipswich businesses came out in force on Thursday 24th September to demonstrate their support for the next generation of sportsmen and women from the county.
Along with our fellow sponsors, we welcomed a capacity audience of 240 people as they descended on Wherstead Park for the inaugural Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club event. The event took place to raise money for SportsAid, the national charity for the rising stars of British sport. SportsAid helps them to overcome the financial challenges they face in their bid to become Britain’s next generation of Olympians and Paralympians.
Former England cricketer and current sporting speaker of the year Geoff Miller was guest of honour at the lunch. Miller spent 20 years on the professional cricket circuit, representing Derbyshire, Essex, Natal and England. He was also appointed National Selector by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2008.
Also in attendance at the lunch were Tim Lawler, Chief Executive of SportsAid, London 2012 Olympian and SportsAid alumna Louise Jukes and recent SportsAid award recipient Rebecca Sherwin, from Felixstowe.
Chief Executive of SportsAid Tim Lawler added “I really do commend the businesses behind the Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club. Their drive, enthusiasm and generosity is superb and thanks to their fantastic efforts we will be able to support more aspiring sportsmen and women from Suffolk on their journey to national and international honours. Every penny we raise in Suffolk stays in Suffolk to support young people from Suffolk.”
The Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club will raise money by hosting two business lunches each year. Each lunch will be open to any local business and will provide good sporting speakers, a great atmosphere and a wonderful networking opportunity.
The next lunch event will take place on Friday 26th February 2016 at Wherstead Park when one of the UK’s best known and most popular sportswomen, Sharron Davies MBE, will be guest of honour. Full details can be found at www.ipswichsportinglunchclub.co.uk.
Sponsors of Ipswich Sporting lunch club are Pound Gates Chartered Insurance Brokers, Crafted, Ensors Chartered Accountants, Handelsbanken, Ellisons Solicitors, Corbel and the Suffolk Institute of Directors.