Commonwealth Games England today [Thursday December 9] unveiled National Express as one of their principal sponsors. The partnership, in which National Express become an Official Supporter of the England team, runs until the next Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
England’s athletes excelled at this year’s Commonwealth Games Delhi in October bringing home 142 medals.
Commonwealth Games England Chairman Sir Andrew Foster said: “We are absolutely delighted that National Express has chosen to invest in the England team for four years.
“Having a major corporate sponsor being involved so early in England preparations for the 2014 Games is a testament to the potential and talent of the England Commonwealth Games team.
“We are confident that Glasgow will host a fantastic Games, and we anticipate every success for the England team. CGE are looking forward to working closely with National Express in the years ahead.”
Dean Finch, Chief Executive of National Express Group, said: "National Express is committed to investing in excellence, and we are proud to support the next generation of athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
"During the next four years, we will support athletes at a grass roots and regional level. All CGE medal winners from Delhi will receive free coach travel from the New Year until the Games in 2014 to help with their costs to train and attend competitions.
"We are pleased to be involved at such an early stage in supporting the England Commonwealth Games team to success."
National Express has painted one of its coaches in gold livery in honour of the athletes who are training and competing to take part in the Commonwealth Games.
The coach will travel between London, Brighton and Heathrow Airport travelling an average of 150,000 miles per year - the equivalent of running 5,725 marathons!
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NATIONAL EXPRESS GROUP
National Express Group is one of the world's leading international public transport groups. Every year, the Group provides around one billion journeys worldwide on its buses, trains, light rail services, airport transfers and express coaches. National Express Group has 40,000 employees and is the market leader in the UK, North America and Spain.
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