Following the most successful Games ever for Team Wales in Glasgow last year, Commonwealth Games Wales have today welcomed the announcement of the official partnership between CGI and the Home Nation teams.
CGI will be the official Systems Integration, BPS and IT Outsourcing partner of Team Wales, Team England and Team Scotland for the next four years, culminating in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia.
The Commonwealth Games is the only time when elite athletes represent their home nation when competing at a major multi--sport, global event. The teams who travel to the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018 will be a unique blend of emerging talent and established stars, able--bodied and para--sport athletes. In addition, the Home Nation teams competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015 and St Lucia in 2017 will include many stars of the future.
Welcoming the CGI announcement, Helen Phillips, Chair of Commonwealth Games Wales said: “We are delighted to be involved in this partnership with CGI and look forward to sharing our journey to the Gold Coast with them and their members.
“With CGI being a significant employer in Wales that shares our values in developing talent it feels apt that the two organisations are joining forces to offer exclusive benefits and opportunities to CGI’s clients and members.
“Commonwealth Games Wales is committed to exceeding their expectations and building a lasting relationship that enables us to provide an outstanding performance environment which delivers success in casino online Gold Coast 2018.”
Commonwealth Games Wales is the national body responsible for selecting and sending world class athletes to compete for Wales at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. Part--funded by the Welsh Government, they rely on sponsorship to fully meet the costs involved with securing Welsh athletic success.
Welsh gymnast and Glasgow gold medalist, Frankie Jones, who sits on the Commonwealth Games Wales Board said: “The announcement of CGI as the first commercial partner for Wales and the other home nations is great news for Welsh athletes.
“By securing this kind of commercial partnership, Commonwealth Games Wales can do even more to support athletes” training and preparation ahead of the Gold Coast event -- which can only be positive as we aim to raise the bar even higher for 2018.”
Tim Gregory, President of CGI UK said: “When we started talking to the teams, we found that their values and commitment to developing talent were very closely aligned with those of CGI. We look forward to ‘travelling’ with them on their journey to the Gold Coast and bringing the games to life for our clients and members.
“CGI employs approximately 1200 professionals in Wales and our members, which is how we refer to our employees, are really excited about getting involved with their national team.”
Ken Skates, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism also welcomed today”s announcement: “CGI gave Wales a massive vote of confidence when it expanded its Bridgend operations at the end of last year and have been a great investor in Wales’ skills development through their graduate and apprenticeship programmes.
“The Commonwealth Games are a special opportunity for us to compete against the world’s best under the Welsh banner and it is fitting that a company which has shown great faith in Wales as a place to do business will be supporting Team Wales towards their 2018 campaign.”