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Top South Yorks law firm gives sporting chance to future Olympic hopefuls

LEADING South Yorkshire solicitors Wosskow Brown, who run a special scheme to help fund athletes and teams, are giving a sporting boost to UK sportsmen and women in the run up to the Olympic Games in London.

The firm, based in Attercliffe, Sheffield, which  has over 150 years’ of legal experience, has a long tradition of supporting sport in the region.

In a new move, it is now aiming to back 50 regional sporting ambassadors by the start of the London 2012 games.

The Sheffield legal firm’s sports discount scheme allows for up to 25% of fees to be donated to a sporting team, athlete or club, at a local level.

It is hoped the move will help boost propects for both individual atheletes and clubs throughout Yorkshire and beyond.

‘We believe in developing sports at a grassroots level because this is where our best UK athletes are created,’ explains Ian Brown, managing partner and founder of the sports discount scheme.

‘So in a push to improve competition for sporting communities, not only in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, but UK-wide, we’re donating up to 25% of our legal fees back to individual clubs or athletes.

‘The donation can go towards improving facilities, promoting more competition or even to upgrade equipment. We’re hoping to pass the 50 club milestone by the start of the London 2012 games.’

One of the city’s emerging talents in speedway, professional rider for the Sheffield Tigers, Ashley Birks is just one of Wosskow Brown’s Ambassadors already benefitting from this sports discount scheme.

He says:

‘Sponsorship to me is everything,’ says Ashley. ‘To have guys like Wosskow Brown backing me is an awesome feeling. To be able to be out on the track and to know that if I have any issues they will help me, is amazing.’

As well as Ashley Birks, current Ambassadors in this community-focused scheme include Sheffield Cycle Speedway Club, Hallamshire Cricket Club and Mosborough RUFC.

For more information about the scheme, visit http://www.wosskowbrown.co.uk

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Notes to editors:

Video footage of Ashley Birks talking about his sport and the scheme can be viewed and/or embedded online via the following link:

http://youtu.be/b9ffCHKA0-Q

Basic Requirements of the scheme: Candidates must be a UK registered CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) or for individuals, registered with an official body within the UK

Anyone wishing to apply for support can call WB on 0114 2561560

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