Hogan Lovells has announced the launch of its 2022 Nicholas Cheffings para athlete bursary applications as it continues as a gold partner and the official legal services provider to the British Paralympic Association (BPA).
The firm’s bursary supports 10 para athletes as they prepare for the next Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games.
Paralympians and aspiring Paralympians recognised by the BPA and their National Governing Body can apply for one-off bursaries to help with “any aspect” of their sporting development, such as purchasing or replacing vital equipment, paying for travel to training camps and competitions, or additional coaching and training support services.
Hogan Lovells has recently provided support to the BPA on the impact of COVID-19 and the rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, including advice and guidance on contracts, competition qualification and financing, together with in-Games legal support throughout the thirteen days of competition in September of this year.
In addition to providing legal services through its longstanding partnership with the BPA, the firm has reportedly invested over £100,000 directly in British Para athletes to date.
Hogan Lovells said will continue to provide legal support to the organisation across all areas.
Richard Welfare, Hogan Lovells partner who leads the firm’s work for the BPA, said: “We are delighted to support our next cohort of Paralympians and aspiring Paralympians on their sporting journeys, demonstrating our firm commitment to responsible business practices and making social impact with our clients.
“We look forward to receiving new applications and awarding the bursary to ten inspiring individuals who can benefit directly from the opportunity.”
Penny Angell, UK managing partner, said: “We, alongside the BPA, seek to promote a better world for people with disabilities and are proud to support its mission to make the UK the leading Paralympic nation, and to challenge perceptions of disability in wider society.
“At Hogan Lovells, delivering on our commitments to diversity and inclusion and responsible business is a strategic priority, and disability is one of our core strands of diversity globally.”
Charlotte Henshaw, Great Britain’s Paralympic gold medallist and 2021 bursary recipient, said: “To have the support of Hogan Lovells is so important to hopefully make some big strides as we move forward to Tokyo and then beyond that to Paris and LA and hopefully beyond that.”