Reflex Nutrition Has Announced That Amateur Boxer Jake Towse Is The Latest Member Of It Sponsorship Scheme, Which Supports Talented Athletes F r o m A Number Of Sports

Jake, who has only been boxing since 2006, is being tipped by pundits as having a huge future in boxing. A member of Hastings West Hill Boxing Club, Towse is already a multi Southern Counties champion and has also enjoyed a year’s placement at the prestigious Hopwood Hall boxing Academy near Manchester. He now shares his time between his studies at Hastings College of Further Education and training. Jake’s goal is to become the first Senior Amateur Boxing Association champion the south coast club has produced in their 70 year history and ultimately force his way into the Great Britain Squad to compete at the Olympics.

Julian Wright, spokesperson for Reflex Nutrition commented: “Jake Towse approached us in a very professional manner with a very clear focus on his short term goal, which is to win gold in the 2012 Olympics.”

Speaking on the Reflex Nutrition sponsorship scheme Julian said: “We select people to provide us with a broad coverage across a diverse range of sports. So f r o m a strategic perspective, we will often support people where there is a necessary fit with a particular sport. We also favour people who reflect the Reflex brand values, with many of our high profile sports people combining unquestionable talent and success in their chosen field with modesty and complete professionalism.

“Jake not only presented himself particularly professionally but I felt very comfortable with how he talked about what he wanted to achieve and how he wanted to achieve it.”

Jake is presently enjoying a month’s complete rest and recuperation after a busy season that saw him box 14 times. He narrowly missed out on 3 potential national titles, one of which was the ABA Senior Novice championship. During this competition he beat a 25 year Royal Marine combined services champion – no small feat for a 17 year old.

About Reflex Nutrition:
Reflex Nutrition is Britain’s number one sports nutrition manufacturing brand and represents the logical choice for those people who want market leading quality at a competitive price.

Unlike many other top brands in the UK, Reflex Nutrition manufactures its own products and has done since the company began in 1996. Reflex Nutrition was the first nutrition company in the world to be awarded the ISO9001 accreditation (International Standards Organisation) for quality control. This means that exacting standards are met at every stage of the manufacturing process and all elements are included in that process.

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The Second Barclaycard World Freerun Championships, Which Is Due To Take Place On 5th August, Will See London’s Trafalgar Square Transformed As It Attracts Competitors From Around The Globe

The event which is now in its second year is the foremost international competition for the rapidly expanding urban sport of freerunning, and is set to attract up to 7000 fans to Trafalgar Square.

For one night only, 27 freerunners representing 17 different countries across five continents will tackle a specially designed course in Trafalgar Square that will enable them to showcase their creativity and the excitement and physicality of freerunning.

Although capacity for the event is limited to 7,000, tickets will be made available free of charge to fans via the Barclaycard World Freerun Facebook page from mid-July.

The event will be supported by a major promotional campaign from Barclaycard that will encourage people to ‘see London differently’, through the eyes of a freerunner, with ordinary architectural features and street furniture becoming obstacles to be overcome.

Among the competitors will be the inaugural Barclaycard World Freerun champion, Gabriel ‘Jaywalker’ Nunez from the United States who triumphed at the 2008 event held at Camden’s Roundhouse. He will face stiff opposition this year from an even stronger field that includes British hopefuls Paul ‘Blue Devil’ Joseph, George ‘G-Force’ Mayfield and Tim ‘Livewire’ Shieff, runner up to Nunez at last year’s event. Other names to watch out for include Pavels ‘Pasha’ Petkuns of Latvia, Austrian Andrej ‘N-D’ Lisal, Jason Paul from Germany, Mexico’s Erick ‘Daer’ Sanchez, Bulgaria’s Delian Dimitrov and Nunez’ countryman Victor ‘Showtime’ Lopez.

On the day, each athlete will perform to his own individual soundtrack and be judged according to four, distinct criteria: technical difficulty, execution, creativity and fluidity.

Dan Mathieson, Head of Sponsorship at Barclaycard, the title sponsor of the World Freerun Championships said: “Freerunning is a really innovative sport that is starting to gain some really strong exposure. The moves executed by the top performers are truly breathtaking and, for Barclaycard, the fluidity of movement at the very heart of freerunning has a clear parallel with the freedom that we give our customers through such innovations as contactless payments. We’re proud to be continuing our support for the Barclaycard World Freerun Championships and excited that it is taking place in such an iconic venue as Trafalgar Square”.

Championship organisers, World Freerun Ents have an upbeat view of Barclaycard’s involvement. “World-class brands have been getting more and more into the freerun thing” says Championship spokesman and Urban Freeflow supremo, Ez, “but we always make sure that we are comfortable with any commercial tie-ups and that they make sense for the freerun lifestyle. The clincher for us has been that, starting with the amazing success of last year`s event, Barclaycard’s global ambitions for the sport match our own.”

About Barclaycard
Barclaycard, part of Barclays Global and Retail Commercial Banking division, is a leading global payment business which helps consumers, retailers and businesses to make and accept credit card payments flexibly, and to access short-term credit when needed. The company is one of the pioneers of new forms of credit card payments and is at the forefront of developing viable contactless and mobile payment schemes for today and cutting edge forms of payment for the future. It also issues credit and charge cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. Barclaycard partners with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit.

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Team Saxo Bank Had Another Successful Tour De France With Fabian Cancellara

Team Saxo Bank had another successful Tour de France with Fabian Cancellara winning the opening time trial stage as well as two other stage wins, and two riders in the top five in the overall competition rankings including a second place for Andy Schleck who also won the youth competition. This led to a high increase in online mentions, specifically on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Saxo Bank, the team’s main sponsor and a consistent winner of industry awards itself, launched www.saxotakingthelead.com prior to the Tour, a new and unique concept combining video, audio and text into a free website for cycling fans. The website helped accelerate Google searches to new highs for the online bank in Denmark, where the bank is headquartered and, also, in Luxembourg, the native country of the two Schleck brothers, as well as in France, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

The news reference volume also rose during the Tour’s initial weeks when Team Saxo Bank’s Olympic Time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara won the Tour’s Yellow Jersey and kept it until the seventh stage of the Tour.

Statistics show that this year’s Tour de France became a Twitter-revolution for Saxo Bank, with an increase of tweets of more than 50% compared with before the Tour. Also, according to Nielsen Company BlogPulse research, the number of blog posts mentioning Saxo Bank quadrupled during the event.

Saxo Bank’s entry into the world of sport sponsorship was confirmed in June 2008 when its joint CEOs signed an agreement with Riis Cycling A/S. The agreement meant that Saxo Bank became co-sponsor of Team CSC, in time for Team CSC Saxo Bank to participate in the 2008 Tour de France.

In July 2008, Team CSC Saxo Bank won Tour de France. Other wins in 2008 contributed to building Saxo Bank’s brand in key markets, such as France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. On 1 January 2009, Saxo Bank became the sole main sponsor of Team Saxo Bank. The duration term of the contract is three years.

In explaining their decision to sponsor the team, Saxo Bank’s founders and co-CEOs, Kim Fournais and Lars Seier Christensen said that, in addition to being one of the world’s most popular and watched sports with an audience of billions of viewers, cycling on this level expresses the same kind of values and attitudes that Saxo Banks identifies with. “Winning and team work, is what Saxo Bank has been about from the outset. Endurance and passion are some of the other features that we have in common. We are proud that we now will have the opportunity to highlight these values and show what sports and business can do together.”

About Saxo Bank
Saxo Bank is an online trading and investment specialist, enabling clients to trade Forex, CFDs, Stocks, Futures, Options and other derivatives, as well as providing portfolio management via SaxoWebTrader and SaxoTrader, the leading online trading platforms. SaxoTrader is available directly through Saxo Bank or through one of the bank’s global partners. White Labelling is a significant business area for Saxo Bank, and involves the Bank’s online trading platform being customised and branded for other financial institutions and brokers. Saxo Bank has more than 120 White Label Partners and boasts thousands of clients in over 180 countries. Saxo Bank is headquartered in Copenhagen with offices in Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates.

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npower Research Has Revealed That British Employees See Themselves Most Like Former England Cricket Captain Mike Atherton In The Workplace, According To A Poll By The Ashes Title Sponsor

According to the research of more than 1300 UK workers, one in four (23 per cent) see themselves as having an ‘analytical’ business personality like Atherton, rather than the flamboyancy of Kevin Pietersen.

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A close second was David Gower, with 19 per cent of workers saying they adopted his ‘laid back’ style in the workplace. Ian Botham was third with 15 per cent of the vote, before Kevin Pietersen and Nasser Hussain took fourth and fifth place with four per cent and three per cent of the vote respectively.

The research also revealed some regional differences, with workers in Yorkshire and Wales likening themselves more to David Gower, and employees in the south east believing they are most like Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham.

Age differences were also apparent, as one in eight (12 per cent) of the youngest age group (18-24 year olds) see themselves as being like Kevin Pietersen at work, significantly higher than the national average.

Julia Lynch Williams, director of energy services at npower said: “As title sponsors of the Ashes, we conducted a light-hearted exercise to see if leadership styles on the cricket field would carry over to the workplace. While cricket fans loved the flamboyancy of Kevin Pietersen, it is clear a more thoughtful, analytical approach adopted by Mike Atherton is what the average worker could most identify with.”

The survey offered participants the option of matching themselves with the leadership styles of five former England captains. The captains and styles were: Mike Atherton (‘analytical’), David Gower (‘laid back’), Ian Botham (‘lead from the front’), Kevin Pietersen (‘flamboyant’) and Nasser Hussain (‘intense’).

Online research was undertaken by YouGov across a sample of 1346 UK workers. The research took place in June 2009.

About npower:
npower is one of the top energy suppliers to the UK business market, serving more than 230,000 small to medium sized enterprise sites and around 15,000 industrial and commercial customers, with more than 100,000 sites.

npower specialises in risk management solutions, including market-leading flexible energy purchasing, energy efficiency, and broader energy management functions, tailored to every size of business.

npower helps companies monitor and manage energy consumption to bring commercial and environmental benefits. To help achieve this, npower business has developed a monitoring and targeting (M&T) tool – encompass.

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UK Soccer Team Manchester United 24 Hour Web Based Football Sports News Service Launches

Manuwire – http://www.manuwire.com/ The Manchester United Newswire is a new service for worldwide soccer and football fans to find out about new current events and the latest Manchester United (man united) news. The Manchester United Newswire brings you the latest news stories direct from the web via incoming feeds that display live news as it is reported worldwide on blogs and sports news sites with RSS news feeds syndicated to the world.

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Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at Old Trafford in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The club was a founding member of the Premier League in 1992, and has played in the top division of English football since 1938, with the exception of the 1974–75 season. Average attendances at the club have been higher than any other team in English football for all but six seasons since 1964–65. Manchester United are the reigning English champions and Club World Cup holders, having won the 2008–09 Premier League and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. The club is one of the most successful in the history of English football and has won 22 major honours since Alex Ferguson became manager in November 1986. In 1968, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4–1. They won a second European Cup as part of a Treble in 1999, before winning their third in 2008. The club holds the joint record for the most English league titles with 18 and also holds the record for the most FA Cup wins with 11. Since the late 1990s, the club has been one of the richest in the world with the highest revenue of any football club,[5] and is currently ranked as the richest and most valuable club in any sport, with an estimated value of £897 million (€1.333 billion / $1.8 billion) as of September 2008.[6] Manchester United was a founding member of the now defunct G-14 group of Europe’s leading football clubs and its replacement, the European Club
Association.

It’s this kind of news and more including that of the team players like David Beckham that The Manchester United Newswire will be reporting 24/7 365 with feeds live and direct from around the world, the latest stories and news delivered fast and direct to your web browser.

The Manchester United Newswire is brought to you by Harris Interactive media based in Orlando Florida, a leading web design and marketing company in partnership with Manchester UK based manuwire, an affiliate of Two Tones Media design.

Future plans for the site include a new feature set, live podcasts and a rolling sports news feed service with email and SMS alerts, premium membership services and live sports video feeds featuring the best premier league soccer action straight to your desktop.

For further information please visit: http://www.manuwire.com/

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Learning to Rock Climb with Ascent Adventure Consultants

Raleigh NC based climbing guide company Ascent Adventure Consultants is rapidly becoming the preferred company in the Southeast to guide and instruct rock climbing courses for people who desire to learn the exhilarating sport.

Learning to Rock Climb

Started as a small local rock climbing guide service and team building company, Ascent Adventure Consultants has rapidly grown in popularity over the past year and half. They have become known as the go-to source to learn the sport of rock climbing, whether it is rock climbing technique or technical skills such as rope management and anchor building. By conducting surveys and client interviews, the resounding opinion is that Ascent Adventure Consultants provides the best climbing guiding service for several reasons: they care for each client and customize programs to match their personal goals, which makes Ascent more accessible and makes the company and guides easier to relate to because they do not carry themselves as some elite group of climbers but as people who love working and teaching others, they offer a variety of climbing programs to make sure that whether someone is a beginner or an experienced climber, there are programs that will help each individual grow and gain the knowledge and skill they need, and also they partner with community organizations to build value in the services they offer, such as with Triangle Rock Club, Morrisville NC based indoor rock climbing gym.

“Brandon is a true professional when it comes to guiding climbs. He’s an excellent teacher, and his problem solving ability is extraordinary. During the first hour of my first outdoor climb, I encountered an obstacle I didn’t think I could overcome,” expresses Katie, an Ascent Adventure Consultants Climbing client. “After twenty minutes of attempting to negotiate the obstacle, I shouted, ‘Brandon? I don’t think I can make it across this gap to scale that overhang the way you just did. How do we get down?’ He said, ‘We can’t get down from there. If you can’t do it that way, let me figure something else out.’ He drew from his experience and came up with a creative solution that kept me in the game. He continued to impress me throughout the trip with his patience, encouragement, and skill. I am definitely looking forward to my next climbing experience.”

For an interview, or to find out more information about the unique services Ascent Adventure Consultants provides, please contact Brandon Hensinger at bhensinger@ascenadventure.com or 877-254-4617. Also, visit the Ascent Adventure Consultants North Carolina Rock Climbing website to learn more.

Ascent Adventure Consultants is a Raleigh, NC based professional rock and ice climbing guiding and instruction provider, as well as a corporate team building and leadership development program provider. Climbing courses and team building programs are conducted locally, nationally and internationally.

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npower Encourages Businesses To Bat For England

npower, official sponsor of the Ashes Test Series, has conducted new research to find out how businesses and their employees across the UK are going to follow the Ashes series while at work.

Kind-hearted bosses are planning to let employees get behind the England cricket team this summer, according to npower, with one in 16 UK employees saying that their boss was letting them follow the hotly-contested npower Ashes series between England and Australia during the working day, with many installing TVs and radios to make sure they don’t miss a minute of the action.

npower surveyed over 1300 UK workers to see if they would be getting behind Kevin Pietersen and the rest of the England cricket team this summer, with nearly one third (28 per cent) of workers planning to follow the Ashes while at work. While the majority (37 per cent) said it was because they are cricket fans and wouldn’t miss it, over one in 10 (11 per cent) said it would be good for staff morale during difficult economic times. However, one in 30 bosses admitted it was because they feared employees would take sick days if they weren’t allowed to watch the cricket at work.

While applauding patriotic bosses, npower is urging businesses planning to install extra TVs and radios to consider switching other appliances off on order to keep energy consumption to a minimum.

Julia Lynch Williams, director of energy services at npower, said: “It is great that UK businesses are planning to get behind the team and follow them during the Ashes. However, just installing one extra appliance, such as a TV or radio, and keeping it on for the duration of the working-day will increase a businesses’ energy consumption. All we are asking is that if you are getting behind Strauss, Pietersen, Collingwood and co, that you adopt a ‘switch on switch off’ policy during the test series. Fingers crossed it’s going to be 2005 all over again.”

Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart is also backing npower’s campaign, commenting: “The Ashes is the test series that all English, and Australian, cricket fans look forward to and it is great that npower has been such a huge part of English cricket for so many years. It is also fantastic that the nation’s workforce is planning to get behind the team, whether that is via TV, radio or online.

“Since hanging my bat up I have been involved in a business venture myself, so I know how important it is to save energy, both in terms of cost and carbon emissions, which is why I am backing npower’s ‘switch on switch off’ initiative – get behind the lads but just turn off a printer or photocopier instead.”

Julia Lynch Williams continued: “Many people don’t realise that many local businesses are integral to the success of the Ashes series. As part of our commitment to providing energy advice to SMEs, we want to showcase some of those businesses that are working so hard behind the scenes, whether it’s at the grounds or entertaining the fans.”

The npower Ashes series starts in Cardiff on 8th July 2009.

Online research was undertaken by YouGov across a sample of 1346 UK workers. The research took place in June 2009.

About npower:
npower is one of the top energy suppliers to the UK business market, serving over 230,000 small to medium sized enterprise sites and around 15,000 industrial and commercial customers, with over 100,000 sites.

npower specialises in risk management solutions, including market-leading flexible energy purchasing, energy efficiency, and broader energy management functions, tailored to every size of business.

For more information visit the npower Media Centre.

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