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“Having sponsored kit gave the girls an immediate identity; they were proud to pull on the shirt and enjoyed a sense of belonging.”

Coach of the Sandwich Sapphires girls football team

Port of Dover 2024 Sponsorship Scheme launches

23/05/24

Sandwich Sapphires

Port of Dover Sponsorship Scheme 2024 now open for applications.

Following an inspiring first year of medals, new teams and competitions at the top level, the Port of Dover Sponsorship Scheme is back for 2024 after making a huge impact on the lives of local young people. The campaign drives positive mental health and wellbeing within the under 18’s community, providing a promising outlook for future generations by helping to make dreams become reality.

The first ever Scheme, which launched in May last year, saw nine different sponsorships of up to £5000 awarded to groups and individuals. The funding formed more diverse sports teams, purchased new kit and apparatus and recruited professional coaches.

Alex Dack from Deal Triathlon Club and the Southeast Triathlon Academy said:

“The Sponsorship has enabled me to achieve my sporting goals and continue to thrive in my passion of Triathlon, being currently ranked number 1 triathlete in the UK as a youth athlete. It has allowed me to fund my racing and training journey as I grow and improve as an athlete.”

Some of the Port’s sponsorship stars from the past year proudly told their story at the Annual Consultative Meeting (ACM) last night, including Ollie Scott, a member of the British Para Triathlon Academy, who finished 2nd overall in the 2023 Para Super Series.

Kaela Cheffins from The Alkham Valley Project spoke of how she competed in national competitions for the first time in Para Dressage, moving another step closer to her dream of representing Great Britain at the Paralympics.

Jenny Beacon, CSR and Community Executive at the Port of Dover said:

 “A year on since we launched our first ever Sponsorship Scheme specifically aimed at under 18’s, it’s been incredible to see the difference it has already made on these talented superstars always aspiring to achieve more. We are proud to represent them and are excited to see where our support will go next.”

To apply for the new round of sponsorships, click on the link above. All applications will be considered after the closing date on 1 July.

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Notes to Editors

  • Further details on the 2023 Sponsorship Scheme can be found here.
  • The Port of Dover is closing the gap every day between the UK and the world by connecting trade, travel, visitors and communities locally-globally, collaborating with local and international partners to create a more seamless, sustainable and tech-enabled port.
  • As the UK’s busiest international ferry port and a vital gateway for the movement of people and trade, Dover handles £144 billion of trade per year, 33% of UK trade in goods with the EU and welcomes over 11 million passengers.
  • Dover is an award-winning cruise port, delivering world class travel and visitor experiences to over 20 different cruise lines each year. With a growing and diversifying cargo business operating from state-of-the-art facilities, a new marina which is at the centre of the revived waterfront, plus opportunities for further expansion in the future, Dover’s proud history dating back 400 years has a new modern twist.