We are very proud of the athletes we directly sponsor and delighted with the success they have achieved both nationally and internationally. The level of commitment and determination the athletes display are key factors as they climb each step of the sporting ladder. We look forward to further developing our relationship with SportsAid and expanding the events we run together.
Tim Sansom, Partner, Rayner Essex
Rayner Essex is a chartered accountants and business advisory firm with offices in Central London and St Albans. The firm, established in 1967, aims to provide accountancy and tax solutions and advice in the most no nonsense, practical, transparent way possible. Rayner Essex has eight partners and around 70 staff members of staff. The company’s clients range from all fields of business, industry, the professions, arts and the entertainment world.
These clients include large corporate organisations, operating nationally and internationally, privately owned businesses of every size, professional practices, partnerships, sole traders and self-employed individuals. The firm has an extensive knowledge of overseas corporate financial matters and is an active member of INPACT International - a global alliance of independent professional accountants located throughout the world.
Rayner Essex has always had a strong sense of duty to the society and communities it serves. For many years the firm has organised distinctive, fun events for its friends and clients that also help raise funds for worthy causes such as SportsAid. These events include regional lunches, golf days and networking events. The firm's golf days have raised over £50,000 for charities that include the Willow Foundation and Rennie Grove Hospice.
Rayner Essex has been supporting SportsAid for well over a decade by running Lunch Clubs in Bloomsbury and St Albans to raise much-needed funds to help young talented athletes cover critical training and competition costs. The Lunch Clubs often centre around a practical demonstration of an Olympic or Paralympic sport with talks from high-profile sports people.
The Bloomsbury Lunch Club was born in the early 2000’s after Camden Council decided to establish a Local Business Development Group. Rayner Essex became one of the founding members and offered to help organise a Camden business lunch gathering. The Council programme did not proceed as envisaged so Rayner Essex decided to run its own event.
The Bloomsbury Lunch Club has raised nearly £50,000 to date and the SportsAid lunches in St Albans, including co-sponsors, has made over £40,000. Triple-jumper Stefan Amokwandoh, 110m hurdler Robert Sakala, 7-a-side Paralympic footballer Emyle Rudder and rowers Lola Anderson and Megan Duthart have all received SportsAid awards thanks to Rayner Essex.
The Bank of Mum and Dad? That’s just the start! Being the parent or guardian of a talented young athlete is so much more. Taxi driver, personal assistant, sports psychologist, lead nutritionist…and that’s under normal circumstances. Their CV would have grown even further in recent times. School teacher, training partner, social media assistant…and their back garden or garage has probably become a gym! They really are the ‘team behind the team’.
SportsAid is here to bring YOU closer to the country’s most talented young athletes. Who are they? Where do they come from? What have they achieved? What challenges do they face? What are their long-term ambitions? We are going to offer insight and inspiration from our future sporting heroes as we share their stories through a series of written interviews, features and blog posts - alongside a regular stream of exclusive video content.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge joined SportsAid at the London Stadium last Wednesday (26 February) to champion the parents and guardians of talented young athletes and highlight the important role they play in British sporting success. The Duchess, who has been the Patron of SportsAid since 2013, also delivered a speech to guests where she shared her admiration for the parents and guardians.