Derbyshire engineering firm steps in to help British bobsleigh duo realise Olympic dream

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Derbyshire engineering firm steps in to help British bobsleigh duo realise Olympic dream 北京快三 第1张Corporal John Stanbridge has welcomed the backing from Derbyshire's Acres Engineering (Image: Press for Attention)Sign up to FREE email alerts from BusinessLive - East MidlandsSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid Email

A Derbyshire engineering firm has stepped in to help a British bobsleigh duo realise their dream of competing at the Olympics.

Acres Engineering, based at Melbourne, near Derby, has given its backing to Corporal John Stanbridge, a pilot based at RAF Waddington, in Lincolnshire, and Corporal John Baines, who has previously competed at the 2014 Sochi games.

The pair are hoping to compete in the two-man bobsleigh event in the forthcoming European Cup Season, with an eye on World Cup qualification and then the Olympics in 2022.

But ever since UK Sport pulled its funding for GB Bobsleigh nearly two years ago, the team has been struggling to train to its maximum potential during a crucial phase of its development.

Rather than accept defeat, the duo reached out to the business community for support and began a dialogue with Acres Engineering managing director Luke Parker after reading about the firm’s Silver Employer Recognition Scheme award from the Ministry of Defence.

Derbyshire engineering firm steps in to help British bobsleigh duo realise Olympic dream 北京快三 第2张The British duo have ambitions to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics (Image: Press for Attention)

Corporal Stanbridge said: “Sadly for us and many of our fellow athletes, when UK Sport funding was pulled for GB Bobsleigh it put huge doubt on our aim to qualify for the Olympics and ultimately contest for a medal.

“However, we are not the sort of people to allow this to set us back, so we began reaching out to companies for support with equipment and funding.

“Luke and the team at Acres Engineering are known for their support of the Armed Forces and for their innovative approach to engineering solutions and have been fantastic with their backing.

Derbyshire engineering firm steps in to help British bobsleigh duo realise Olympic dream 北京快三 第3张The bobsleigh team has struggled to prepare properly after UK Sport pulled its funding (Image: Press for Attention)

“I cannot thank them enough and we hope their involvement will be the catalyst for other organisations to come forward.”

As part of its support package, Acres is creating a custom tool chest to help drive further sponsorship opportunities and a portable push sled to help with the team’s training.

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Mr Parker said: “When we heard about John’s story, their challenge and their innovative approach to meeting it head-on we were totally inspired.

“We all love sport and we do what we can to support the Armed Forces and we have the kit and the skills to make a difference here.

“We are already working on the project and looking forward to being a vital cog in the wheel of this fantastic team, as well as cheering them on as their season and campaign progresses.”

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