Sports

Ride to the Somme

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) is a UK charity that provides lifelong support to serving men and women, as well as veterans and their families or dependents. SSAFA supports regulars and reserves across the three services and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. They are all entitled to lifelong support from SSAFA, no matter how long they have served.

On 30 August 2017, a team of 140 from SSAFA completed ‘Ride to the Somme’, a cycling challenge which saw the team cycle over 200 miles in 3 days in memory of the cycling soldiers that fought and fell during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The Redwood Technologies Group donated £100 to the event in support of the challenge.

Pinewood F.C.

Pinewood F.C. is a Bracknell-based football club which caters for boys and girls of all abilities. Redwood Technologies has sponsored the club’s under 11’s team Pinewood Panthers, providing all children with new football strips.

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Bracknell Athletics Club

In February 2016, Redwood Technologies CEO Sean Taylor became the President of Bracknell Athletics Club, taking over from the President of 30 years, John Nike.

Redwood Technologies has supported the Club for over a decade by sponsoring the annual Young Athletes Open Meeting, which takes place in March.

The meetings are held at the John Nike Stadium of Bracknell Leisure Centre and bring together promising young athletes and Olympic hopefuls from the local area and surrounding districts, giving them an opportunity to show off their sporting skills and talents. Athletes aged between 9 and 16 can compete in a number of track and field events, such as running, long jump, high jump, javelin and hammer throw.

In 2017, the Redwood Technologies Group donated £15,000 to the Club which enabled them to purchase photo finish equipment.

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Berkshire County Cricket Club

Redwood Technologies has shown its support for up and coming young cricketer, Kishore Naha, enabling Kishore and other local youngsters from the area to buy specialist equipment including a bowling machine to help with coaching.

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Despite being young in his years, Kishore is already showing his potential to go far in the cricketing world, having represented Berkshire County since the age of 8 and having been identified by The Cricketer as ‘one to watch’. Berkshire County won the most recent Shrewsbury Festival, which also saw Kishore take the most wickets of any player.

Speaking about the sponsorship, Kishore said: “The support from Redwood Technologies is a total surprise and I am very thankful that they have chosen to sponsor me. I can’t wait to use the machine as I work on my batting skills. My ambition is to be a professional cricketer and this support makes me even more determined to fulfil my dreams.”

Sean Taylor commented: “We are delighted to be extending our support of the local sports community and giving young rising stars like Kishore the equipment they need to take their passions and ambitions to the next level. We are looking forward to watching the progress Kishore makes over the coming years!”

Alpe d’HuZes

In 2012, Redwood Technologies helped to sponsor a team of cyclists from KPN who took part in the annual Alpe d’HuZes challenge, aiming to raise money to fight cancer by cycling through a gruelling alpine course.

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Alpe d’HuZes is a Dutch charity that raises sponsorship money from cyclists who aim to reach the French ski resort of Alpe d’Huez six times in one day. On each leg of the challenge, staff from KPN covered a distance of 14km as they climbed 3,670 ft on an average 7.9% incline.

Redwood Technologies and Content Guru sponsored the team as part of their partnership with KPN. At the end of the summer, the UK cloud specialist and the Dutch telco giant will offer cloud services from a platform built using hardware and software developed by Redwood Technologies.

“Redwood was delighted to support one of our major customers on such a gruelling challenge and a worthy charitable cause,” said Sean Taylor.

Bracknell Half Marathon

Redwood Technologies has sponsored Bracknell’s Half Marathon for a number of years, with many Redwood colleagues taking part in the race. The 13.1 mile course starts and finishes in Bracknell’s Lily Hill Park.

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Bracknell’s Executive Member for Leisure Services, Councillor Iain McCracken, spoke of the event in 2005:

“The race has become a very important part of the local community’s sporting calendar, but cannot take place without commercial sponsorship. I therefore cannot over-emphasise the value of Redwood’s contribution to this event.”