Bellshill firm backing English Games stars

Kelly Sibley
Kelly Sibley

A Bellshill-based firm has added three Commonwealth Games hopefuls to it roster of sponsored stars - all from Team England.

NVT Computing, based at Righead Industrial Estate, are backing table tennis star Kelly Sibley, freestyle wrestler Leon Rattigan and bowler Ellen Falkner.

Yet all three will be hoping to win medals for England at this summer’s Glasgow 2014 Games.

NVT already have two local sports star - Bothwell badinton ace Kirsty Gilmour and Viewpark cyclist James McCallum - on its sponsored athlete ambassador team.

NVT have been supporting the Scottish pair since last year but have now committed to a further £10,000-plus package for their three new English recruits in what they see as am ambitious, cross-border initiative,

Managing director Stephen Park Brown explained: “We believe that one of the most important things underpinning the Games is mutual cooperation and friendship.

“That’s why it was important to us to try to make a difference on either side of the border.”

Sibley (25) from Leamington Spa, has competed at two previous Commonwealth Games and won several international championships while Rattigan (26), from Bristol, won a bronze medal at the 2010 Games in Delhi and Ellen Falkner (34), from Cambridge, won Commonwealth gold medals in 2002 and 2010.

NVT is the official technology services integrator for Glasgow 2014 and last year opened its first office in London.

The company is also an official sponsor of both the Scotland and England Commonwealth Games teams.

Leon said: “NVT’s support is very much appreciated. It’s helped me get the most out of my intensive training for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and undoubtedly will play a part in hopefully being selected for the team which competes at the Games and, indeed, taking home one of the medals.”

Kirsty Gilmour is also delighted at the financial boost to her career which NVT is providing.

She said: “My previous experience at the Games in Delhi was a great one, but taking part in a home Games will be a dream come true.

“ My training really is a full time job and the support from NVT is enabling me to concentrate on giving my best performance at Glasgow 2014.”