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Rewards4golf.com Has Signed Up Leading High Street Sporting Retailer Sports Direct, In Time For Christmas

The unique rewards scheme is delighted to have the sporting giant on board, which has over 400 outlets throughout the UK selling sports equipment, including everything from tennis to skiing, football to darts.

The news follows an announcement earlier this month that the site had signed Greene King, which has more than a 1,000 pubs, hotels and restaurants as well as household names Austin Reed and Feather and Black.

“It is fantastic to have someone of the calibre of Sports Direct on board and just when everyone is starting to do their Christmas shopping,” said Commercial Director Colin Whitehead.

“With all our new signings, it means our members will be earning even more points, whether it’s nipping out for a festive pint, buying party football kits or trainers for the kids’ presents, or sprucing up the house in time for Christmas visitors.”

The latest additions to Rewards 4 Golf, the UK’s leading golfing loyalty scheme is yet further testament to the popularity of Rewards4golf.com, launched just over a year ago and now boasting over 90,000 members.

“As more and more household names join the scheme it is becoming even easier for our members to collect points and redeem them for the golf products they want,” added Colin.

Launched just a year ago, the pioneering website enables golfers to earn points in their everyday shopping, is absolutely free and takes just one minute to sign up to.

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Pints Mean Points At Rewards4Golf.com

Golfers can now pick up points when they’re down the pub thanks to the latest partner to join the hugely successful Rewards4golf.com.

Greene King, which has more than a 1,000 pubs, hotels and restaurants across the UK, is one of three new high street retailers to join the scheme in the last month alone.

The Greene King Group has household brands that include Greene King pubs, Hardy’s House Pubs and Old English Inns and the Hungry Horse pub and restaurant chain. They are also renowned brewers creating award-winning pints such as Abbot Ale and Old Speckled Hen.

Household names Austin Reed and Feather and Black have also signed up as retail partners giving members the chance to collect even more points in their everyday shopping.

“We’re delighted to have partners of the calibre of Greene King, Austin Reed and Feather and Black joining in the last month alone. They complement our existing high street partners and give our members even more chance to earn points while they shop, have a pint or a meal,” said Commercial Director Colin Whitehead.

Austin Reed has over 90 outlets in the UK selling classic womens’ and menswear and Feather and Black is the bed and bedroom furniture specialists with more than 30 stores across the UK.

The latest additions to the UK’s leading golfing loyalty scheme is yet further testament to the popularity of Rewards4golf.com, launched just over a year ago and now boasting over 80,000 members.

“As more and more household names join the scheme it is becoming even easier for our members to collect points and redeem them for the golf products they want,” added Colin.

And Rewards4golf.com has also announced it has just signed up 14 new online retail partners, including Interflora, Lloyds Pharmacy, Hallmark Cards, Cath Kidston and Tommy Hilfigger, giving members an even greater choice.

Launched just a year ago, the pioneering website enables golfers to earn points in their everyday shopping, is absolutely free and takes just one minute to sign up to.

Rewards4golf.com is the only specialist golf rewards scheme where members earn points for every pound they spend with some of the UK’s most popular retailers including Tesco, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Currys, Marks & Spencer, Halfords, Superdrug and Amazon.

They can also earn points when spending with some of the UK’s best known golf specialists including Direct Golf UK, Golfbreaks.com, Golf Care (a golf travel insurance provider), GreenFree and The Golfers Club, a provider of golf insurance.

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Arsenal Soccer School In Dubai To Enable Pupils To Shoot For The Stars

Emirates has partnered with the Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai to enable pupils to shoot for the stars after being given a coaching master class by Gunners defender Mikael Silvestre.

The French international made a surprise visit to Emirates 7he Sevens at the Arsenal Soccer School Dubai during the first week of term to sign autographs and help out with the training drills. The 32-year-old gave advice to the aspiring footballers aiming to follow in his footsteps and play in the English Premier League, and he sees no reason why this can’t happen. He said: “This is great for the development of football in the UAE and a tremendous opportunity for the children who live here.

“The aim of the school is to give kids the chance to learn how to ‘Play the Arsenal Way’, the flowing, visionary style of football which is the hallmark of Arsene Wenger. The boss is world-renowned for his ability to nurture young talent and the coaching will be based on the same principles that he teaches us in the first team.

“With this platform, there is every chance that a kid from this school could become the first player from the Middle East to become an English Premier League star.”

One pupil who is already on her way to the Premier League is Nina Zammit Moore. The five-year-old, from Malta, and her father Jonathan won a trip to the Emirates Stadium to see her heroes play Chelsea on November 29, courtesy of the Emirates and Orbit Showtime competition.

Runner-up in the competition was nine-year-old Daniel Clamens, who won a free place on the school’s second term, which gets under way on 4 January.

Limited places are still available for the first 10-week term, with the choice of one or two sessions a week. Each session is between 60 to 75 minutes in duration. The school is open to boys and girls, with classes available in both Arabic and English. More than 1000 children – aged between five and 18 – will be trained each year. The first 10-week term kicked off on 5 October.

In addition to the children based in the UAE, Emirates will be opening up the opportunity to youngsters from around the world. With non-stop flights to Dubai provided by Emirates from six continents, parents will have the chance to relax while their kids enjoy coaching classes at a magnificent training facility.

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81% Of Golfers Have Said They Don’t Play As Often As They Would Like Because Of The Credit Crunch

A staggering 81% of golfers have said they don’t play as often as they would like because of the credit crunch, according to a new survey released by Rewards4golf.com

Over 3,000 golfers were polled and said on average they spend £61.86 each time they tee-off but were reducing the time they spent on the course because of cost.

“It’s alarming to see how many golfers are cutting down their game because they simply don’t have the same disposable income,” said Commercial Director, Colin Whitehead.

“We’ve seen a huge surge in members for Rewards4golf.com and part of that reason must be because we’re giving golfers what they want and helping them to carry on golfing in these tough times.”

Rewards4golf.com enables golfers to earn points in their everyday shopping, is absolutely free and takes just one minute to sign up to.

In the last two months, 20,000 golfers have signed up to the unique rewards scheme, bringing the total to 75,000 since Rewards4golf.com was launched just over a year ago.

And Rewards4golf.com has also announced it has just signed up 14 new retail partners including Interflora, Lloyds Pharmacy, Hallmark Cards, Cath Kidston and Tommy Hilfigger, giving members an even greater choice.

Members can also earn points when spending with some of the UK’s best known golf specialists including Direct Golf UK, Golfbreaks.com, Golf Care, GreenFree and The Golfers Club.

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JD Sports Launches Ian Brown Competition

JD Sports has launched a competition that offers entrants the chance to win one of ten pairs of JD exclusive adidas Originals ZX750s signed by, former lead singer of The Stone Roses, Ian Brown. Competition entrants also have the chance to win one of ten copies of Brown’s sixth solo album, ‘My Way’, which was released 21 September 2009.

The cover of Brown’s latest album has a picture of the singer wearing a pair of JD exclusive adidas Originals ZX750s, so fans who already have the album will be familiar with the trainers.

Matt Webster, online marketing manager for JD Sports, said: “Music has always been close to our heart at JD and adidas Originals have been giving us some of the freshest trainers and clothing for decades, so we’re really pleased to hook up on this exclusive competition to help celebrate Ian Brown’s new album launching. Plus as the King of Trainers, it was fitting that Ian wears some JD exclusive adidas Originals ZX750s on the album cover.”

To enter the competition, entrants need to register with the JD Sports website and then answer one simple question about Ian Brown. The competition closes 31 October 2009.

The JD Sports website is also currently running a competition (closes 30 October 2009) giving 6-18 year olds the chance to train with the Manchester United soccer school.

About JD Sports:
JD Sports Fashion Plc is the leading UK specialised multiple retailer of fashionable branded and own brand sports and casual wear. The company operates over 350 stores through the UK.

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Rewards4golf.com Has Over 70,000 Registered Members Smashing All Forecasts For Its Success

North West entrepreneurs Colin Whitehead and John Woosey are celebrating a year of success following the launch of their unique Rewards4golf.com programme which has now registered over 70,000 members.

The duo based in Gatley, launched the scheme with fellow directors Tom Cowgill and Ian Lancaster last year, and in just over 12 months have already smashed all forecasts for its success.

“We knew it would appeal which is why we launched Rewards4golf.com but we’re delighted by just how successful it has been,” said Commercial Director Colin Whitehead.

“In just one year we have brought on board over 70,000 members from a standing start which just goes to show its popularity amongst golfers who have been spreading the word.

“It’s a simple formula. We just give golfers what they want. From the retailers they like to use to the products they want to redeem their points for.”

Colin, ex CEO of Manchester’s biggest PR agency Staniforth and John Woosey, are both directors of the Gatley-based JRW* Group which has a number of high profile golf brands.

They teamed up with Tom Cowgill and Ian Lancaster from prestigious golf events organisers Sports Masters International (SMI) based in Derbyshire to launch Rewards4golf.com.

“We’ve known Tom and Ian for a while on the golf circuit and it made sense for us to join forces when we were looking at the Rewards4golf.com proposition because of our joint contacts,” said Colin.

“It’s unlike any other sporting rewards scheme that we’ve seen because as well as having partners who are specialist golfing companies we’ve got high street retailers on board. That means our members collect points in their everyday life and what’s more their partners can gather points for them as well even if they’re not golfers.”

Members earn points for every pound they spend with some of the UK’s most popular retailers including Tesco, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Currys, Marks & Spencer, Halfords, Superdrug and Amazon.

They can also earn points when spending with golf specialists including Direct Golf UK, Golfbreaks.com, Golf CareGreenFree and The Golfers Club.

It takes just one minute to register a card online and is completely free. Members can earn points by shopping with more than 250 online retailers and around 3000 high street outlets. In addition, they can register more than one card to contribute to their points’ tally, so they can even be rewarded when their partner, friends or family shop.

Anyone can sign up to the scheme at www.rewards4golf.com, where they can also browse the huge variety of rewards on offer and see the extensive list of participating retailers.

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Opus Energy To Sponsor One Of Britain’s Most Promising Young Hopes For London 2012, Northamptonshire-Based Gymnast Daniel Keatings

Hailing from Corby, 19 year old Daniel has been in world-beating form this year. With a silver medal in the All Around final at the Senior European Championships, Britain’s first ever All Around medal in a major championship, and a bronze on the Pommel Horse at a World Cup Event.

He set the gymnastics world alight last year when he became Junior All Around Champion at the European Championships, including an amazing four gold medals. His final haul, which also included team gold and another individual bronze, was the first time a British gymnast had ever achieved such a feat.

Daniel’s current focus is the World Championship coming up in October, taking place at the O2 Arena in London. The event will be a glimpse of his ultimate dream of winning a medal on home soil at London 2012. Daniel has already had a taste of the Olympics after representing Great Britain in Beijing.

Opus Energy, whose head offices are in Northampton, will be supporting Daniel all the way up to London 2012. The firm’s sponsorship, which will cover essentials such as coaching, competition fees, equipment and travel, will allow him to dedicate his time solely to achieving success in the sport without having to find alternative ways of generating income.

Currently a Junior Ambassador for Northamptonshire Enterprise, Daniel also promotes sport and exercise in local schools.

Daniel studied at Kingswood School and his potential for stardom was evident from the age of nine when he became part of the Junior British Gymnastics Squad, after winning his first national gold medal. His first major medal came in 2007 when he won silver on the Pommel Horse at the Senior European Championships.

Daniel will be keeping a blog that will provide updates on his progress, which can be found at: www.opusenergychallenge.com

Commenting on Opus Energy’s sponsorship of Daniel, Charlie Crossley Cooke, Managing Director at Opus Energy, said:

“Opus Energy is proud to be sponsoring a local world class athlete. Daniel is showing huge potential and we are delighted to be able to support him in a way that will allow him to focus on his dream of success. He’s had a great year and we wish him every success for the World Championships in October. We will all be following his progress closely.”

Daniel Keatings said:

“I’m delighted to have the backing of a local business like Opus Energy. Their support gives me the peace of mind that I know I can dedicate all my time to training towards my dream of Olympic success.”

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The Golfers Club Is Delighted To Be Hosting Their Tenth Annual Members’ Tournament, The National Classic, At The Marriott Forest Of Arden On October 9th 2009

This is a fitting venue for this wonderful occasion and all members are invited to enter and join The Golfers Club team at this years event. The 7,213 yard Arden course is a suitable test for golfers of all abilities and is set in the most beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

The competition will be played in a stableford format and will include extra special touches such as a taking on an ex European Tour pro at the 202 yard par 3, 18th. Any member that beats the pro on this hole will also receive a special prize.

The National Classic Champion will be crowned at the prize giving dinner. Numbers are strictly limited so please book your place as a soon as possible or call 0800 158 5550 or email: nationalclassic2009@thegolfersclub.co.uk for an application form. Member’s can bring guest players to the event if they wish.

The Golfers Club is the largest golf membership scheme in the UK and provides golfers with specialist golf insurance and exclusive member benefits such as golf tuition all for just £49.95. If you are not currently a member join up today then apply for your place by calling 0800 158 5550.

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Leading Energy Supplier, npower, Has Announced A Two-Year Extension To Its Title Sponsorship Of Domestic Test Match Cricket

The new deal will maintain npower’s position as one of the largest corporate sponsors of cricket in the UK and will run until the end of the 2011 Test series against India, with the option to extend until after the end of the next Ashes series in 2013. npower has been the title sponsor of domestic Test match cricket since 2001.

Leading Energy Supplier, npower, Has Announced A Two-Year Extension To Its Title Sponsorship Of Domestic Test Match Cricket

As part of the sponsorship npower will continue to enjoy significant commercial access to the England cricket team as well as an extensive package of rights including ticketing at Test matches and image rights. The deal will also provide npower with the opportunity to build a greater brand presence at Test match venues through advertising, branding and sampling.

npower will also continue its successful grassroots initiative, npower Urban Cricket, which it runs in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board. As part of the new deal, two more purpose-built cricket facilities will be built in major conurbations across the UK – adding to the five that have already been created. These facilities, that provide a permanent and safe space for children to learn the basics of cricket, aim to increase participation and leave a long-term, sustainable legacy for the sport.

Kevin Miles, CEO of npower retail, said: “We’re delighted to announce our continued sponsorship of Test cricket: to be at the heart of the game for eleven years is something we can be extremely proud of. Test cricket – and particularly the current npower Ashes Series – continues to capture the public’s imagination and we’re thrilled to be involved.”

“Our Urban Cricket initiative continues to go from strength to strength. Renewing our contract ensures future investment in this scheme which is vital for the development of cricket from playground to Test arena.”

“From a brand perspective, not only has our cricket sponsorship provided us with great visibility, it has also provided a strong marketing platform for our other products and services like our gas boiler installation service, npower hometeam. We’re already looking forward to the next two seasons.”

David Collier, ECB Chief Executive added: “The ECB believes Test matches are the pinnacle of cricket and is committed to growing its popularity both at home and overseas. We are therefore delighted npower will continue as the title sponsor of our home series until 2011. Since the start of its sponsorship in 2001 npower has been a very energetic and committed partner of English cricket. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in its Urban Cricket initiative that has helped give thousands of children across the country a chance to play cricket for the first time.”

The new agreement sees the end of npower’s official partner sponsorship of the Twenty20 Cup, a competition it has sponsored since its inception in 2003. npower will continue its sponsorship of the Women’s Test series.

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Enjoy Lunch with the World’s Heaviest Professional Athlete, World Sumo Champion Emanuel “Tiny” Yarbrough

The Rotary Club of Amherst East will host Emanuel “Tiny” Yarbrough as its guest lunch speaker on Thursday, August 27. Anybody can attend the lunch meeting. Attendees must RSVP so that the club can reserve space.

Mr. Yarbrough is in Western New York to support a free children’s event in Buffalo the following day, hosted by Buffalo’s Belle Center. That event will feature Sumo wrestling demonstrations by the SumoKids Foundation and children from the Belle Center’s summer athletic program, as well as a presentation by Mr. Yarbrough.

Mr. Yarbrough is the Guinness Book of World Records’ “World’s Heaviest Professional Athlete” and a world champion Sumo wrestler. He also is an ambassador for the SumoKids Foundation, a Buffalo-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit that teaches children valuable life skills and morals through the tenets of Sumo wrestling. Sumo wrestling is a Japanese form of wrestling in which a fighter loses if forced from the ring or if any part of his body except the soles of his feet touches the ground.

The president of the Rotary Club of Amherst East, Robert Klingensmith, and the club’s president elect, Paul McAfee, both are on the Board of Directors of the SumoKids Foundation and provide pro bono support.

Mr. Yarbrough will talk about his life as an athlete, and his devotion to helping children lead healthy, active, lives.

Lunch on August 27, which starts at noon at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Road, Amherst, NY, costs only $12.00 per person. Attendees should RSVP by August 25 at www.AmherstEastRotary.org by clicking on the “Join the Amherst East Rotary Club for Lunch with Emanuel” link, or by calling (716) 689-8886.

About Emanuel Yarbrough
For more than two decades, Emanuel “Tiny” Yarbrough has taken on challenges that most would think impossible and consistently proven that he has the focus and determination to master any endeavor. At 6 feet 8 inches and more than 679 pounds, Tiny is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the heaviest professional athlete in the world. This former World Sumo Champion and World Super-Heavyweight Judo Champion, has built an impressive track record of success in several sports, toppling champion caliber athletes along the way.

Despite his size, which many regard as an advantage, Tiny has battled fiercely with both external and internal opponents during his entire career. Throughout his journey, he has learned tough lessons including how defeat can lead to victory and that the greatest benefit of fame is its ability to bring attention to important issues affecting the lives of millions.

Perhaps Tiny’s greatest achievement has been his record of inspiring and motivating others. For millions seeking confidence, better health or a better life, Tiny represents a living example of success. He proudly welcomes being a role model, delivering his message loudly and consistently, “You Are All Winners!”

Tiny’s athletic and personal goals:
– Lose weight and maintain a level of fitness that is highly suitable for competition, but more importantly, build and maintain health in body and mind and continue to improve as a role model for young people.
– Work more with youth oriented organizations as a mentor and leader, providing education on obesity related issues and helping to promote the positive aspects of sports and fitness to the world.

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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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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.

Tour De France  - Saxo Bank

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.


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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HoleInOneKing.com – Home of The PGA Record Holder of 51 Holes In One

The PGA Career Record Holder of 51 Holes in One, announces the launch of his new website www.holeinoneking.com and a chance to win $1,000,000. Affectionately celebrated as the “King of Aces™”, Mancil Davis has been a celebrity fixture at Golf Events around the world. Mancil is best known for his Million Dollar Hole In One Shootouts, insured by the National Hole In One Association.


According to Mancil Davis HoleInOneKing.com is everything hole in one!”. The website provides a variety of resources and information for every golfer; Hole In One Registration, Hole In One Records, Hole In One Odds, Hole In One Videos, Hole In One News, Hole In One Insurance, Hole In One Gifts and more.

As the reigning professional Hole In One record holder, Mancil Davis says “hole in one stories never get old for me, I love to see the glee and hear the sound of joy when someone tells the story of their first – or last – hole in one”. As such, HoleInOneKing.com offers golfers the opportunity to share their personal hole in one stories and possibly see them in publication in the King of Aces™ ezine “Kings Komments” – or better yet – in a future book.

Mr. Davis states that HoleInOneKing.com will allow him to showcase his Million Dollar Hole In One Events. “There is nothing more satisfying and exciting, than giving away prize money to a golfer AND raising money for charity” – it is a life changing experience for some. Mr. Davis, who also serves as Director of Golf Operations for the National Hole In One Association says they have paid out over $50,000,000 to winners over the years and raised “Millions” for charity. Charities and Businesses can check Mancil’s availability and fees on the www.HoleInOneking.com website.

One of the most anticipated features of HoleInOneKing.com is the opportunity for scratch golfers and hackers alike, to qualify for and take a single golf shot for ONE MILLION DOLLARS! Registration opportunities are available on each page of the website.

Hit ‘em Straight – Mancil Davis – PGA Professional – Hole In One King

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Father’s Day Sale on TaylorMade R9 Clubs and Accessories At Blind9Golf.com

Blind9Golf.com, a leading online retailer of golf equipment, today announced its Father’s Day sale on the new TaylorMade R9 line of golf accessories. The popular TaylorMade R9 series features the newly released TaylorMade R9 460 driver, one of the hottest golf clubs on the PGA Tour and among golfers at all levels.

“Father’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate dad than with his favorite golf clubs and accessories,” said Timothy O’Connor of Blind9Golf.com. “We’ve got everything he needs to get his game on and look great, f r o m tee-to-green, including the hottest club on the PGA Tour — the Taylormade R9 series — at prices that are hard to beat.”

Launched in May 2009, the Taylormade R9 460 Driver has quickly become a favorite among both amateurs and tour professionals. With a longer and lighter weight graphite shaft, this top of the line driver combines Taylormade’s Flight Control Technology (FCT) with the exceptionally forgiving power of a 460cc club head. Some of the pros who have put the new Taylormade R9 460 or R9 driver into their bag include Sean O’Hair, Kenny Perry, Sergio Garcia, Rory Sabbatini, Justin Rose, Darren Clark and Andres Romero.

The Taylormade R9 series includes drivers and fairway woods, and a selection of quality golf accessories such as the R9 branded hats (TaylorMade Limited Edition Tour R9 Cap, TaylorMade Tour AG Hat, TaylorMade R9 Radar Cap, TaylorMade R9 Radar Visor), TaylorMade R9 Players Towel, TaylorMade R9 Cart Towel, TaylorMade R9 Double Canopy Umbrella and TaylorMade R9 Stand Bag.

At Blind9Golf, golf is not just a sport, it’s an obsession that we share with our customers and fellow golfers. Keeping up with the latest and greatest golf equipment and technology, our knowledgeable staff is able to assist in the selection and purchase of the right clubs for every player. Blind9Golf retail and online stores carry a unique selection of popular and hard-to-find men’s golf clubs, ladies golf clubs and junior golf clubs f r o m major brand names in golf. Visit our golf blog for tips on improving your golf game or for the latest news on the tour.

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DragonFire Racing Team Took Top Finishing Positions At The Lucas Offroad Racing Series In Surprise Arizona Earlier This Month

DragonFire Racing, a leader in custom performance racing vehicles, accessories and custom racing performance parts, today announced that its team took top finishing positions at the Lucas Offroad Racing series in Surprise Arizona earlier this month. Saturday started with Jerry Welchel winning Unlimited 2, Todd Romano taking third in Unlimited UTV and Hans Waage taking first in Limited UTV on Sunday.

“It was some amazing racing and thanks go out to my staff and friends for making it all happen ,” said Todd Romano, spokesperson for DragonFire Racing. “We are in a great position to take three different point championships and are excited with the progress the team is making. The weekend would not have been a success without the help of our sponsors: Team Green Kawasaki, FOX Racing, ITP Wheels and Tires and Gear One.”

The Lucas Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) combines the traditions of midwest, short course off road racing with a West Coast influence. LOORRS brings intense side-by-side action on tracks that test the most seasoned racers. The 2009 LOORRS season features tracks in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Primm, Nev. And Surprise, Ariz.

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The Secrets of Shooting DVD is now available for purchase and is the perfect holiday present for basketball players and coaches alike

Developed by high school basketball coach Bob Fisher, The Secrets of Shooting covers hand placement, wrist action, correct ball release, and the four proven ways to shoot a basketball. It also teaches launch speed, launch angle and how to incorporate these aspects of shooting to perfect a basketball player’s shooter’s touch.

Coach Fisher dispels the notion that one size fits all and repetition is the key to becoming a better basketball shooter. His DVD is the result of years of careful research and incorporates a studied physics approach to aiding players in developing their shooter’s touch.

“I am convinced that different player body types require a different approach to shooting a basketball effectively,” said Fisher.

This is a one of a kind DVD that clearly explains and demonstrates the techniques players need to become better and more accurate shooters. It also includes basketball tips on shooting, dribbling and passing and is perfect for both player and coach of any age or competition level.

The Secrets of Shooting “I wanted to help kids succeed. Specifically helping them to learn how they can make shots,” said Fisher. “I believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to shooting a basketball.”

Fisher’s product was years in the making and included his own attempts as a high school basketball player and then later coach to help all of his players develop an accurate shooting touch.

It takes into account that body types have changed from the tall, thin ectomorph-type of body more commonly seen on the basketball court some 30 years ago.

Fisher believes that a player’s shot is similar to a puzzle with the goal of putting together all the pieces for the puzzle to make sense. For players, if one piece of the shooting puzzle is missing, it causes the player to become inconsistent. When all the pieces are in place, basketball players become consistent shooters and learn to wear out the net.

The Secrets of Shooting was produced by CVP Productions and features easy to follow narration, by 13 year old Jacob Hays of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader fame, as well as the demonstration of each shooting style by the Fisher Sharp Shooters, a group of local high school basketball players.

It’s available online at secretsofshooting.com. Visitors to the website can also read testimonials from players and coaches, watch a short clip of the DVD and learn more about Coach Bob and the physics of shooting.

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SeeMore Putter Company saluted Masters Champion Zach Johnson, who battled number one player Tiger Woods

SeeMore Putter Company of Franklin, Tennessee salutes Masters Champion Zach Johnson, who battled number one player Tiger Woods and the most challenging scoring conditions in the tournament’s history to win his first major championship.

This is the second major win for the SeeMore Putter Company. Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open while playing a SeeMore putter at Pinehurst. Both that Open and this Masters were played under what are considered to be the toughest greens and the most highly contested final rounds in both championships’ storied histories.

Johnson is the first player since 1991 to win the tournament outside the final group. He birdied 13, 14 and 16 in his heroic back nine to shoot a final round 69. Johnson didn’t try to reach any of the par 5s in two during the Masters, yet he played them better than anyone with 11 birdies and no bogeys.

Johnson uses a SeeMore putter, and SeeMore is introducing a new milled version (mFGP) of Johnson’s putter. In the final round, Johnson was paired with his friend Vaughn Taylor who also uses a SeeMore putter and finished in the top 10 in only his second Masters.

This Masters title builds on Johnson’s strong 2006 campaign when he was one of the two youngest players who qualified for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He finished 24th on the 2006 money list, his third consecutive year among the Top 40 money leaders, and had four top 10 finishes. In 2003, he set a Nationwide Tour season record for fewest average putts per green in regulation, an incredible 1.699, using a SeeMore putter.

“This was a remarkable victory for Zach while competing against the world’s premier players and challenging conditions,” says Jim Grundberg, Managing Director of SeeMore Golf. “All of us at SeeMore are proud to be associated with Zach and his courageous performance in winning his first major championship.”


In 1999, Stewart one-putted the last three holes to win the championship by one stroke. He sunk what’s considered to be the longest putt in Open history on the 18th hole to win the tournament.

Under its new ownership, SeeMore has introduced its new mSeries of putters combining the beauty, precision, accuracy, and feel of 100% milled heads with the original proprietary and proven alignment benefits of the SeeMore RifleScope™ Technology (RST) system.

The mSeries comes in four distinctive, finely crafted models to appeal to different player’s putting preferences and styles. The m1 is a classic heel/toe blade with center shaft, the m2 is a classic heel/toe blade with heel shaft and the m3 is a classic mallet with center shaft and the mFGP is a milled version of the original FGP putter used by Johnson to win the Masters and by Payne Stewart to win the U.S. Open.

All models are available in left hand. Custom grip and lie options are available. All mSeries putters are made in the USA at SeeMore’s Franklin TN facility. The putters will have a suggested retail price of $325.

The patented RST alignment system technology allows a golfer to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target line. This is accomplished by lining up the black bottom portion of the shaft between two white lines and covering a signature red dot on the heel of the top line. The process resembles locking radar onto a target.

SeeMore putters are custom made in Franklin, TN. SeeMore has a newly redesigned website at www.seemore.com

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