Allianz UK has been announced as the latest partner of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) as they build towards Rio 2016.
The agreement strengthens the insurance provider’s relationship with Paralympic sport, with the Allianz SE Group having been a long-term supporter of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), of which it has been a partner since 2006.
It is hoped the additional support will help to prepare ParalympicsGB for the Rio 2016 Paralympics, where they will be hoping to replicate their success from London 2012, where they finished third on the medals table.
“Allianz have been a long-term supporter of the Paralympic Movement globally and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome them into the Paralympic family here in the United Kingdom,” said Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive of the BPA.
“As Paralympic sport becomes ever more competitive, their contribution will be incredibly valuable to the team next year and help to support our athletes as they prepare to compete on the biggest stage in disability sport.
“We are delighted to partner with a business which has such a good understanding of the powerful and positive impact of the Paralympic movement and it is fantastic to have them on board at such an exciting and vital time.”
Allianz’s agreement with the BPA is due to begin in January 2016, where they will join existing partners adidas, BP, BT, Deloitte, EDF Energy, Hogan Lovells, Mondelēz International, Nissan and Sainsbury’s.
In addition to their official sponsors, the BPA is also receive funding through UK Sport and the National Lottery.
The BPA in announcing the agreement praised the Allianz’s commitment to promoting inclusion, diversity, and excellence, both in the workplace and in sport.
“This is an exciting time to be teaming up with a very important organisation, following such a successful performance from the ParalympicsGB team during London 2012, which gained incredible support from the British public,” Jon Dye, Allianz Insurance chief executive said.
“Our employees are passionate about this partnership and the idea of making sport accessible to everybody.
“We are very much looking forward to supporting the ParalympicsGB athletes achieve even more success in the Rio 2016 games and beyond.”
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May 2014: Allianz signs deal to become first global partner of IPC Athletics
October 2013: Sri Lanka Paralympic Movement receives boost after signing deal with Allianz
April 2013: Allianz extends sponsorship of IPC through to Rio 2016
February 2012: Joseph K Gross of Allianz: Taking the Paralympic Movement forward