SportsAid chips in to support Suffolk golf prodigy

Suffolk golf prodigy, Lily May Humphreys from Sudbury has been recognised for her continued outstanding performances on the golf course both at home and abroad.

The 17-year-old was presented with a SportsAid grant of £1,000 by former England Netball Captain Ama Agbeze at the latest Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club event at Wherstead Park near Ipswich. 

Humphreys, who is the current Welsh Ladies Amateur Open Champion, Irish Women’s Amateur Champion and English Women’s Amateur Open runner-up, said she was ‘delighted’ to be supported by SportsAid. She said “travelling nationally and internationally to play golf is really expensive. I am so grateful to SportsAid for supporting me again. It gives me great confidence to be the best I can be and hopefully, one day, reach the very top of the sport.”

The Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club was founded in January 2015 and is sponsored by six stand-out Suffolk businesses – Pound Gates Chartered Insurance Brokers, Ensors Chartered Accountants, Ellisons Solicitors, Concertus, StrategiQ and Beckett Financial Services.

Each year the businesses come together to host two fundraising lunches for over 200 local business people at the East of England Co-op’s Wherstead Park near Ipswich. The money raised through the lunches helps SportsAid (the National Charity for Sport) provide financial support to some of Suffolk’s most talented and exciting up and coming young sportsmen and women.

Each lunch features a guest speaker from the world of sport with the latest lunch welcoming netball star Ama Agbeze.

Agbeze, and her team, were responsible for one of the greatest sporting moments of modern times when they beat overwhelming favourites Australia 52-51 in the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia with a goal in the last second of the game. 

England’s spine-tingling, monumental victory over Australia was their first ever in a major tournament and was a defining moment for netball in the UK. With the match watched live by 2 million people, it propelled the sport into the spotlight, helping the team win the Greatest Sporting Moment award, at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and then, perhaps more significantly, Team of the Year, where Agbeze and her team beat Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad to the title.

At 6ft tall, Ama is a towering, powerful presence. She made her international debut in 2001 and went on to win 100 England caps.

She said “SportsAid is a wonderful charity. They get behind the next generation of sporting stars at an incredibly important time in their careers when there’s little other support available. They play a hugely important role in British sport.”   

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Andy Smith from StrategiQ said “I speak for all the sponsors when I say that we are proud to do our bit to help local young people who dream of succeeding on the biggest stages in the world. Lily is a wonderful example of the depth and richness of talent that we are lucky to have in the county.”

SportsAid Trustee Adam Baker added “SportsAid is extremely grateful to each, and every one, of the sponsors for their generous support of young sportsmen and women from Suffolk. Without them we simply wouldn’t be able to help so many young people from the county.”

To date SportsAid Suffolk has raised and distributed over £¼ million to young people in the county.

The next lunch will take place on Friday 25th September 2020 when former England football international Paul Merson will be guest of honour. Any businesses wishing to attend should contact Adam Baker at adam.baker@suffolk.gov.uk for information.

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For further information about SportsAid contact Adam Baker, tel. 01473 260821, 07894 598296, adam.baker@suffolk.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club sponsors:

  1. Pound Gates Chartered Insurance Brokers are a risk management and insurance broking organisation providing tailored risk solutions for businesses.
  2. Ensors Chartered Accountants is one of East Anglia's largest and most respected firms of independent chartered accountants and business advisors.
  3. Ellisons Solicitors is one of the East of England’s oldest established legal practices. They act for a diverse range of business and individual clients, charitable organisations, public authorities and corporate institutions.
  4. Concertus is an award-winning design and property consultancy that specialises in the delivery of quality, innovative and value focused projects that bring clients’ visions to life.
  5. StrategiQ is a full service marketing agency based in Ipswich. Creative services include: brand building, content marketing, web design and development, consultancy, video and photography, search marketing (paid and organic), social media, graphic design, PR, email marketing and print advertising.
  6. Beckett Investment Management Group – chartered financial planners providing a holistic service to private individuals seeking investment options through to HR managers looking to provide healthcare cover to their people.

SportsAid - Supporting the sports stars of tomorrow today

Before they become a household name, an elite sportsman or woman will spend 10,000 hours and thousands of pounds pursuing their dream. Many are forced out long before it comes true.

SportsAid makes it possible for young athletes to pursue their dreams, so that – like 18-year-old Steve Redgrave in 1980 and 13-year-old Kelly Holmes in 1983 – they can one day go on to inspire a nation.

At London 2012, almost two-thirds of the British team were former recipients of SportsAid’s support, winning 20 Olympic and 27 Paralympic gold medals between them. For many, SportsAid is their only means of support at a crucial, early time in their career, before other sources of funding are available. SportsAid continues to work with the governing bodies of 50 disciplines to ensure the right athletes receive support.

SportsAid Suffolk

SportsAid Suffolk was established in 2007 as a legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to support individuals with cash awards in the defining early years of their careers.  Since it was launched SportsAid Suffolk has made in excess of 200 grants to talented athletes from the county distributing over £250,000.  SportsAid Suffolk is proud to have supported six of Suffolk’s London 2012 participants including both medallists (boxer Anthony Ogogo and powerlifter Zoe Newson), Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games medallists Chris Walker-Hebborn and Harry Martin and all Suffolk’s representatives at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.