sports star wins boost from red arrow

The ambitions of a young sportsman to represent his country at the 2016 Olympics have been given a lift with our support.

Joshua Guddemi from Nottingham has already represented England at under 16-level during the European Basketball Championships in Estonia, and now we  have stepped in to provide free travel to Derby where he will receive special training for elite athletes.


Rising basketball star Joshua Guddemi is presented with a year's free travel by Head of Customer Relations, Cherryl Holland, at the firm's headquarters in Heanor.

The 16-year-old recently finished his GCSEs at Becket School and he has since enrolled at Derby College where he will study for A-levels whilst also attending the city's specialist Basketball Academy.

In order to progress to the next level of his sporting career, Joshua will be training until 10pm, four nights per week, and relies on our flagship red arrow service to get to college and the academy.

"The England basketball team is entirely self-funded and so we are reliant on the support of businesses to help meet the cost of travelling to training, competitions and other events," he explained.

On hearing of Joshua's achievements so far, and his reliance on red arrow, we have offered the potential medal-winner a year's free travel on the service that operates every 10 minutes between Nottingham and Derby.

Head of Customer Relations, Cherryl Holland commented: "We are delighted to be able to help Joshua who has already shown a lot of dedication to his sport and the ability to become a top athlete.

"The red arrow provides a convenient and comfortable service to many people in the two cities and we are please that it is now playing a part in supporting the country's future sporting success!"

Added Joshua: "I am really grateful to trent barton for helping me to get to and from training, they are my first sponsor and I hope to repay their support with success on the basketball court."

The red arrow service, which also operates every half-hour between Derby and Chesterfield, was recently the subject of a £1 million investment that saw the introduction of five new, high specification coaches boasting leather seats, tables, air conditioning, wi-fi and the latest environmentally-friendly engines.


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