Changing lives together
Our corporate philosophy has service at its core. Service to our clients, service to our employees and service to the wider population for the greater good.
It is why as part of our corporate social responsibility plan, we began Annodata’s Giving Back Program. This program aims to identify not-for-profit organisations and charitable causes that strike a chord with our overarching values. Over the years we have supported some great charities and charitable causes and as a result, have been able to impact communities globally for the greater good.
Recently, our program has seen us sponsor and partner with the GLL Sport Foundation, as part of our social mission to ensure that talented individuals have all the opportunities to maximise their talent through sports.
The GLL Sport Foundation
As part of our ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR), Annodata remains committed to helping further GSF’s mission of supporting some of the UK’s top athletes to achieve their sporting potential.
At our 2016 Conference we were delighted to have world class athletes and GSF Ambassadors Lutalo Muhammad, Pamela Relph MBE and Scott Durant attend.
The GLL Sport Foundation was born, launched in 2008 with the support of Sally Gunnell OBE who became the Foundation’s Patron.
National research showed the annual cost of attaining high national sport rankings averaged £6,000. In many cases, talent was being lost due to financial hardship with an associated negative impact on local young people, communities and sports clubs. GLL were determined to develop a scheme to counter this problem.
Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over 6,500 athlete award bursaries totaling over £3.8 million of support to talented individuals including Tom Daley, Michaela Staniford, Amy Maren, Kyle Kothari and Mercy Brown.
The GLL supported athletes identify their future aspirations and how the Foundation supports them:
Michaela Staniford – England Rugby Union player aged 28.
“I am currently one of the first, twenty full time professional female rugby players England has ever had. Our one goal this season is to qualify GB for an Olympic spot in 2016, we need to finish 4th over all, after all the World Series competitions to achieve this. I honestly believe the support can take away or at least reduce a large amount of stress, worry and anxiety athletes have to bare to compete for their country. My goal beyond 2016 qualification is Olympics in Rio and working for that gold medal.”
Amy Marren – GB Para Swimmer and 4x World Champion aged 15.
“My aspirations are to make Rio 2016. I managed to make London 2012 which was amazing and I did worlds in 2013. Along with that I did Europeans last year In Eindhoven, The support I get from GLL is invaluable. The funding helps to realise my dream and help me financially. GLL supports athletes from all walks of life, and I find this a fantastic opportunity. To be associated with GLL is one of the best things I have done, it really makes me proud to be part of such an inspiring organisation.”
Kyle Kothari – GB Junior Diver and European Junior gold and World Junior bronze medalist aged 16.
“In 2014 I had an extraordinary year winning the National title then the European title in Italy culminating in medalling at the World Junior Championships in Russia. All this in 3 months as well as passing 10 GCSEs. As a result of this I was selected by British Diving ono the Podium Potential Group who are divers targeted to compete at Rio 2016 and or Tokyo 2020. I am now focusing on qualifying for Rio 2016 in both the individual and synchro events as well as studying for 4 A Levels in biology, chemistry, maths and geography. The award support helps my parents who struggle to meet the travel costs, training fees, competition fees, nutrition and technology costs which is crucial so I can study during my daily 2 hour commute each way to training.”
Mercy Brown – GB Olympic Weightlifter and European Junior bronze medalist aged 18.
“The GLL Sport Foundation and GLL has been a funding source that has been helping me from the very start of my lifting career and has been so helpful in achieving many of my goals. There has been much that has been offered to ensure that I could grow into a world class athlete. This has been evident that their support is very important especially when I began and became injured and also in the running to the commonwealth games which was crucial”.
Our passion is to continue to support the work of the GLL Sport Foundation and ensure that talented athletes have access to the services provided by the Foundation.