Today Dame Kelly Holmes led a rallying cry to SME's to show their support of the England team for Delhi by becoming a 'friend of the team'.  The scheme, launched today at the IoD Annual Convention at the Royal Albert Hall met with a great reception from delegates.

 After a rousing speech to the packed convention Dame Kelly spoke personally to business leaders about the role they could play in England's participation in Delhi and was inundated with support.  She called for businesses the length and breadth of the country to have the chance to really get behind the England team for the Games in Delhi by becoming an 'Official Friend' of the team.

IoD Paragon InteriorsFirst to sign up at the Convention was Alan Hardy of Paragon Interiors who had completed an application before the stand was fully erected!  Dame Kelly's popularity was underlined as she arrived on the stand to be and was inundated by supporters, many of whom joined up to the new scheme.

'Friends' who can sign up for as little as £5,000 can help provide much needed support for our athletes to make sure they are in the best possible shape to compete for their country, and can make their own staff feel part of the team behind the team. Friends' receive a range of exclusive benefits (click here for more info) iKelly surrounded by CGE Friendsncluding use of the unique logo shown on this page, access to events, and behind the scenes updates as the team prepares and competes. 

If you weren't at the convention today but want to find out more about how to become a friend of the team please get in touch with [email protected]


Delhi 2010 - a sporting extravaganza

Kelly at IOD 1With competition between 8000+ athletes from 71 nations, who together represent 25% of the world’s population, the Delhi Games promise to deliver a feast of top-class sport. Members of the England Team will be up against the best sprinters from the Caribbean, distance runners from Africa, swimmers from Australia  and rugby players from New Zealand and South Africa, as well as strong challenges from the other home nations and from the
hosts, India. In addition the Games play a vital role in sports development.  Of course the Commonwealth Games are a great showcase for established
stars but are also a superb platform for emerging talent. Younger athletes can benchmark themselves against some of the best in the world and with your support they can gain rare and invaluable experience of competing in the unique environment of a multi-sport Games. This will be crucial if they are to go on and enjoy further success in 2011 and 2012.

Be part of the team...

This scheme is strictly limited to 100 organisations - accepted on a first come, first served basis. To apply to join please email or call  the Commercial team on 020 8676 3543 / 07710 555325 or [email protected].

We look forward to welcoming you on board!