UK Sport has today announced that Bupa is to be its Official Health Insurance Partner through to June 2013.
Having supported the highly successful Athlete Medical Scheme (AMS) for nine years, Bupa has formalised its relationship with UK Sport, becoming a commercial partner alongside BAE Systems, British Airways and Maxinutrition.
UK Sport's AMS, delivered in partnership with the English Institute of Sport, provides over 1200 of the UK's best athletes on the World Class Performance Programme with specialist medical treatment, when expertise outside of the day to day medical support is required. This varies from diagnostic tests and MRI scans to surgical procedures.
UK Sport Chief Executive, Liz Nicholl, said: "Providing world class medical support to our top athletes is of paramount importance. Early identification, treatment and recovery are all critical in allowing them to compete at the very highest level and prolong their careers.
"The Athlete Medical Scheme has given assurance to hundreds of athletes over the past decade and we are delighted our relationship with Bupa, supporting the world class medical care provided by the home country sports institutes, is set to continue into the future."
Bupa Health and Wellbeing Managing Director, Natalie-Jane Macdonald, said: "We're very proud of our record over the past nine years in providing Britain's athletes with access to an even wider pool of medical expertise. Our partnership with UK Sport means we can continue to provide access to this essential support - ensuring that when our athletes do get injured they're back competing at their very best as soon as possible."
Olympic champion cyclist and AMS benefactor, Ed Clancy, said: "Injury and illness can threaten an athlete's career if they're not identified and dealt with quickly. I have been lucky over the years to have access to the very best treatment available through AMS, meaning I've been able to compete consistently on the world stage, and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.
"This is all thanks to UK Sport and Bupa for their continued support."
Notes to Editors
About UK Sport
UK Sport is the nation's high-performance sports agency. Its mission is to work in partnership to lead sport in the UK to world class success. Primarily this means working with our partner sporting organisations to deliver medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. But it also gives us responsibility for activities best delivered at a UK level, such as: bidding for and staging major sporting events in this country; increasing our sporting activity and influence overseas; and promoting sporting conduct, ethics and diversity in society. UK Sport is funded by a mix of Government Exchequer and Lottery income, as well as private investment through Team 2012. More @ www.uksport.gov.uk.
About the English Institute of Sport (EIS)
The English Institute of Sport works with the National Governing Bodies of Sports to provide elite athletes with access to vital sport science and sport medical support services. The expert support services available to athletes include sports medicine, physiotherapy, soft tissue therapy, performance nutrition, performance psychology, physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis, talent identification, strength and conditioning and performance lifestyle. Working with approximately 1700 athletes, the EIS delivers on average 4,000 hours of sport science and medicine every week, out of sites across the country. The English Institute of Sport is grant funded through UK Sport.
For more information visit www.eis2win.co.uk
Bupa’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives.
As a leading international healthcare group, we offer health insurance and medical subscription products, run care homes, retirement villages, hospitals, primary care centres and dental clinics. We also provide workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services.
We have over 22 million customers in 190 countries. With no shareholders, we invest our profits to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil our purpose.
We employ more than 70,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, and the USA.
For more information, visit www.bupa.com.