Firm’s support for the next generation of sports stars

Paul Fitzgerald and John Grimadell present a cheque to Jason Tatton. Photo contributed.
Paul Fitzgerald and John Grimadell present a cheque to Jason Tatton. Photo contributed.

AN OFFICIAL partner of the London 2012 Olympics is helping encourage the next generation of High Peak sports stars.

The Dow Chemical Company, which has a site in Birch Vale, has donated £500 towards professional training for coaches at Buxton and District Junior Athletic Club and to fund new training kits.

Paul Fitzgerald, Global Leader, Engineering Elastomers at the Dow Birch Vale site - which manufactures specialist materials for the mining, construction and offshore industries - said: “Dow is the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games and many of the products made by Dow businesses played a key role in London 2012 – including the wrap around the Olympic Stadium and insulation on the Olympic and Paralympic Village.

“At Dow Birch Vale we all remember the huge enthusiasm for the Olympic Games, and particularly how many young people were genuinely inspired by London 2012 – this is our chance to help keep the legacy alive by increasing grassroots participation in sport, particularly among youngsters.”

Jason Tatton, from Buxton and District Athletic Club, said: “It’s clubs like ours – which rely heavily on the hard work and volunteer time given by the coaches - that will make a real difference to encouraging grassroots participation in sport in the future.

“Coaching fees are expensive and as we’re run on a voluntary basis any support we can get that will help improve standards for our members and encourage new people to join is very much appreciated.”

The club’s enhanced coaching skills will benefit more than members alone: a partnership with Buxton Community School, a specialist Sports College, enables qualified coaches to deliver athletics coaching in local schools too, for example.