We believe that the pursuit of excellence should extend beyond the boardroom. We’re keen to support promising athletes whose commitment, tenacity and daring reflect our own values. Through our sponsorship we also hope to reinvigorate sport in the community, encouraging children and young people to rediscover their confidence through the challenge of physical activity.
BGC is proud to have supported the following stars in sport:
Zara Phillips has been associated with BGC for several years. She has risen to the top of her sport to become World and European Three Day Eventing Champion and one of the leading riders of her generation.
Just like her mother and many of the royal family, Zara has always been keen on horses and she qualified as an equine physiotherapist from Exeter University.
Zara Phillips made her team equestrianism debut in 2004 at the UAE International Horse Trials at Windsor. Despite a fall on the cross-country course, Zara bravely remounted to finish. In September 2005, Zara took two gold medals at the European Eventing Championships. This was the beginning of her career as an elite standard equestrienne. In August 2006, Zara went one better when she won the individual gold medal in the three-day eventing competition at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.
Much to Zara's delight she was voted the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year by the British public and to cap it all, in December 2006, when the New Year Honours were announced she was made an MBE. BGC who have supported Zara Phillips since 2003 look forward to her continued success as she prepares for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
We have a long association with Tony McCoy, the leading National Hunt rider who has virtually rewritten the record books with an astonishing list of successes. Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Tony made an immediate impact in racing as a conditional jockey in the 1994/95 season, riding a record 74 winners.
Tony landed his first jockey title in 1995/96 with 175 winners. In 1997, he bagged a Scottish Grand National victory on Belmont King and completed the Cheltenham Festival double on Make a Stand in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle and Mr Mulligan in the Gold Cup.
Not content to rest on his laurels, in 1998 Tony astounded the commentators by riding 253 winners in a season, breaking Peter Scudamore's record of 221. That same year saw him equal Fred Winter and Jamie Osborne's record of five wins at the Cheltenham Festival. Fittingly, it was at Cheltenham, racing's premier course, that Tony partnered Majadou to victory on December 11, 1999, becoming only the fifth jockey to ride 1,000 winners over jumps.
He has now surpassed Richard Dunwoody's all-time record of 1700 winners and beaten his own for the fastest century. Hopes are high for his performance at the Grand National, the only event to elude him so far.
Mick Fitzgerald, the genial Irishman who is one of the most popular, as well as the most talented, National Hunt jockeys around takes the saddle for the last time in 2007. Punters will miss Mick as much for his eloquent interviews as for his riding skills.
Mick started riding in Ireland, moving to England when he was 18, where he began to establish his career as a top jockey. He was so successful that Nicky Henderson saw fit to retain him as stable jockey in the early 1990s, a partnership that has flourished ever since.
Fitzgerald has ridden an incredible 1,200 winners, 12 of them at Cheltenham, where he was rewarded with the accolade of top jockey in 1999 and 2000. The highlights of his career include the Martell Grand National on Rough Quest in 1996, the King George VI Chase and the Gold Cup in 1999 with See More Business, and the Queen Mother Champion Chase in the same year with Call Equiname. His victory at Musselburgh on 30th January 2001, where he partnered Jonjo O'Neill's Carbury Cross, put him on the scoresheet at all 42 British jumps racecourses.
BGC was proud to have been sponsor of Paul Hunter, a hugely talented British snooker player who was also one of the most popular figures the game has ever produced. The World No. 4 achieved many "firsts" in his brief career.
At just 17, he appeared as a semi-finalist in the 1996 Welsh Open, becoming one of the youngest players ever to reach the last four of a major ranking event. His first major tournament success followed in 1998 when he took the 1998 Regal Welsh Open, making him the second youngest winner of a major professional event. He won the prestigious Benson & Hedges Masters title in 2001 and 2002, when he also won the Regal Welsh. In 2004, he became the third player to win three Masters titles. These victories and his magnetic, vibrant personality made Paul the pin-up boy of snooker, in huge popular demand.
In 2005, just as Paul was approaching the height of his powers, he was diagnosed with cancer. Despite this terrible blow, Paul was determined to fulfil his professional playing commitments on the 2005/06, displaying his characteristic spirit and dignity. To the delight of his family and fans, Paul's wife Lindsey gave birth to a daughter, Evie Rose, on Boxing Day 2005. Paul is greatly missed as a father, husband, sportsman and friend.
BGC has been a proud sponsor of the following:
- Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park
- Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse
- The Goodwood Revival Meeting
- WTA Zurich Open, Switzerland
- Canary Wharf Ice Rink, London
- The BGC Christmas Meeting, Ascot Racecourse
BGC selects a number of charities to support each year. Your organisation could be next. To apply for support on our next Annual Charity Day, please submit an application in writing to: