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30 January 2007 PR 07/11

St James’s Place announces sponsorship of Loughborough swim programme

Wealth management company St James’s Place has announced that it is to sponsor the UK’s top ranked swimming programme, Loughborough University Swimming.

The company’s sponsorship of the programme reflects its belief in supporting a community programme of talented sports individuals in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. This initial first year deal will provide the Loughborough swimming programme with a firm foundation for its future development, enabling it to build on its already substantial successes.

Loughborough University Swimming is the most successful training programme in the country, boasting some of the UK’s leading swimmers, including Commonwealth champions Caitlin McClatchey and Liam Tancock, and Mel Marshall, whose tally of six medals from the Commonwealths and two from the European Championships put her top of the 2006 British swimmers’ medal table.

Last year Loughborough swimmers won a total of 29 international medals and set 17 domestic and international records, making them the UK’s top ranked men’s, women’s and overall team for 2006.

St James’s Place announced their sponsorship at their annual company meeting at the Albert Hall in London. Ian Gascoigne, Group Sales Director at St James’s Place, said: “The Loughborough swimming programme fits ideally with our desire to play a part in helping to support the Olympic effort. We are delighted that our involvement will enable the future development of the UK’s finest swimmers and we look forward to working with Loughborough in the build up top London 2012.”

Loughborough Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce says the University is pleased that St James’s Place has chosen to sponsor the Loughborough swimming programme. “Our swimmers enjoyed tremendous success in 2006. The support of St James’s Place will help them to build on their achievements in this absolutely crucial period in the run up to the London Olympics,” Professor Pearce commented.

Loughborough swimmer Mel Marshall added: “We had a very good year last year, but we have to look to the future. We need to keep moving forward and support from organisations such as St James’s Place can really make a difference. Knowing that you have the whole company – its employees and perhaps even their families – rooting for you can be very motivating.”

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About St James’s Place
St James’s Place markets its products through the St James’s Place Partnership whose advisers have an average of 16 years experience in financial Services and focus on providing high quality advice to high net worth individuals.

The Groups does not employ internal investment managers but instead contracts out the management of its funds to carefully selected external managers, as it has done since the early 1990s.

St James’s Place offers clients a choice of investment managers and actively monitors these managers with the assistance of the independent consultancy Stamford Associates.
St James’s Place Investment Committee, chaired by the Group’s President, Sir Mark Weinberg, selects, monitors and, where appropriate, changes the external managers appointed to St James’s Place investment funds.

About Loughborough University
Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the most recent National Student Survey ranked Loughborough in the top five among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

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