Deloitte volunteers help wheelchair athletes go for gold

 

On the ball: Deloitte volunteers get ready for the tournament

 

Business advisory firm Deloitte has signed up to support this year’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, in Birmingham.

The event, which starts today and runs until 17 July at the National Indoor Arena, has been organised by the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association (GBWBA) and Birmingham City Council, with support from Advantage West Midlands.

The tournament will see 12 men’s and ten women’s teams compete in the biggest and most important wheelchair basketball event before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Volunteers from Deloitte’s Birmingham office will be involved throughout the championships in a variety of roles.  Staff will also be along to support the teams at the opening ceremony and at their matches.

Chris Loughran, Midlands practice senior partner at Deloitte, said the firm was keen to support the event as it was an integral part of Deloitte’s national Disability Sport Programme.

He said: “Through the Deloitte Disability Sport programme, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, our aim is to provide support for disability sport to drive participation and performance and to secure more podium finishes at future Paralympic Games.

“As part of the programme, Deloitte people across the country have been generously giving their time to take part in various charity events and sporting challenges to help raise awareness and money for ParalympicsGB.

“Our involvement with the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships supports this aim and provides our people with an opportunity to take part in what is a fantastic event for disability sport and the city of Birmingham.”

Dennis Hodgkins, West Midlands regional development manager for the English Federation of Disability Sport, said: “We are extremely grateful to businesses such as Deloitte, which has pledged its support to disability sport and helping disabled athletes compete at the highest level.

“The World Wheelchair Basketball Championships is the last major event before the 2012 Paralympic Games, with teams from across the globe descending upon Birmingham to take part. Having local volunteers on hand to provide assistance to the organisers and teams will be a massive help and will ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.”

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