Fresh from Rio, Team GB can be immensely proud bringing back 67 well deserved medals, including 27 gold. Not only have they topped China in the medals table, they have officially achieved their best ever Olympics. Who would have contemplated that the hype of London 2012, only four years ago, would have been surpassed? The recent results of Brexit may have left us to consider sunnier climates, but achievements in Rio give us a refreshing vibe right across the UK, once more.
From outstanding results in cycling, track and field to the precision in hockey and shooting, our athletes have demonstrated unbelievable strength through teamwork, determination and physical prowess at A New World, 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Furthermore, it has become increasingly apparent that our sporting heroes have come together as the most inclusive and diverse group of athletes from all backgrounds, regions, ages, cultures and demographics, undoubtedly positioning themselves as the best sporting representation in Great Britain today.
Grange Hotels appreciates the power of sports in uniting a nation, and the significance it has on communities and businesses alike. Grange Hotels have consistently used sport as a vehicle to bring individuals and groups together; with events such as our annual cricket day - bringing together our corporate associates to raise funds for our charity partner IODR, to our staff competing and supporting each other in the London Marathon and Vitality Westminster Mile - building community spirit and strengthening team morale.
We recognise the influence that sport plays in nurturing young people and talent and we take pride in sponsoring and supporting individuals, sports clubs and other sporting organisations to help them achieve success and to develop the next generation of future sporting heroes. Grange Hotels Managing Director, Tony Matharu, uses his business acumen and personal love of sports as London Chairman of The Lord’s Taverners - giving disadvantaged young people a sporting chance, in addition to still competing at international level himself, most recently in the FIH 2016 Hockey World Cup.
We hve been privileged to host elite athletes and international sporting bodies from around the globe in our extensive range of 4-Star and 5-Star hotels in the heart of London; with the likes of Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill, and recent Olympic Hockey Gold Medal winner Maddie Hinch, and so many more sporting greats making use of the facilities and services available throughout Grange Hotels, and we are looking forward to this continued friendship. England, Sri Lanka and the Pakistancricket teams are regularly hosted at both the Grange City and flagship Grange St. Paul’s Hotels.
Our versatile conference and events facilities have been home to a wide variety of sporting occasions from Sir Bradley Wiggins’ post medal celebration party off the back of his achievements in London 2012 to the philanthropic Beyond Sports Award, supported by Comic Relief to promote, support and reward the greatest projects across the globe that use sport for positive social change, awarding over 160 projects for their innovations and social impact through sport. This week saw The Black Book Motorsport Forum being held at our Grange Tower Bridge Hotel as sports cars lined our events space with a new plethora of decoration.
To highlight our dedication to supporting and encouraging our sporting nation, we are delighted to be The Official Hotel Supplier to Commonwealth Games England as they prepare for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. We were thrilled to host Team England in our Grange St. Paul’s City Sports Bar last week, as they make preparations to continue our nation’s sporting successes by competing with 70 other nations across all continents.
With the World Athletics Championships only around the corner in the summer of 2017, we are delighted to be a host hotel and look forward to remaking the magical moments from London 2012 in our City once more.