London-based accountancy and financial services firm Reeves are to back Great Britainâ€™s in-form winter team, GBFreeski, as Official Tax and Accountancy Partner, it was announced today at Manchesterâ€™s Chill Factore indoor snow arena.
The partnership injects funding and financial services support into Great Britainâ€™s elite freeski team and athletes in the critical build up to the Social 2014 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.
GBFreeski also announced today the launch of Re:talent, a Reeves-backed bursary providing support and funding to Britainâ€™s 16-26 year old freeski athletes, enabling their access to elite competition and training programmes.
Reevesâ€™ Managing Partner, Clive Stevens says: â€œThe dedication, talent and creativity displayed by these young athletes is more than impressive, it is inspirational. We are inspired and delighted to be helping, and to be a part of the team behind them.â€
â€œI am extremely excited to welcome Reeves to our team,â€ says Pat Sharples, Head Coach of the GBFreeski team.
â€œReeves direct impact to our athletes is so vital right now as we work to realise our peak potential over a packed upcoming competition season preparing for next Februaryâ€™s Winter Olympics. Thereâ€™s a lot to think about on and off the slope, so Reevesâ€™ team backing our team offers a huge support, and Iâ€™m looking forwards to showing all that we can achieve together.”
Six months out from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the newcomer on the world championship scene, GBFreeski, holds GBâ€™s strong medal hopes with Katie Summerhayes, World #6 ranked, World Championship Silver Slopestyle medallist, and James Woods, World #1 ranked and World Championship Slopestyle Gold medal holder.
Summerhayes, Great Britainâ€™s 17-year old freeski wondergirl says: â€œThis is such a fantastic confidence boost for me, for all our team to have a big company like Reeves recognise where weâ€™ve got to and back us personally.â€
Support through this partnership will enable the expansion of GBFreeskiâ€™s elite athlete intensive conditioning and technique training programmes taking off this July in New Zealand, USA, and at UK snow centres. Great Britainâ€™s competitive season ahead from September 2013 will see record participation from GB freeski athletes across the international circuit.
â€œReeves join a growing list of vital backers and partners of British winter sport maximizing our chances of success in Sochi and beyond,â€ says Dave Edwards, Chief Executive of British Ski & Snowboard.
â€œAs a rapidly rising British financial services company with a leading sport accountancy and tax practice,Â Reeves support and delivery of benefits across the GBFreeski team is extremely welcome.â€