QTS sponsorship boost to Bellos' Olympic dream
12th November 2019
England beach volleyball stars Javier and Joaquin Bello will benefit from a sponsorship deal as they join QTS Group’s successful Youth Athlete Programme.
The twin brothers, who have represented their country on the beach and indoor, will join three other English athletes who will receive sponsorship from the leading rail infrastructure contractor, which has run its successful Youth Athlete Programme in Scotland since 2014.
The sponsorship will support the 19-year-olds as they maintain their success as Great Britain’s number one beach volleyball team. It will enable the twins to continue competing internationally; they have played in 13 countries this year alone for World Tour and European and World underage championships.
Alongside studying medicine and philosophy, politics and economics at university, Joaquin and Javier regularly train up to 18 hours a week and are determined to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Javier said: “We are hugely dedicated to our sporting careers and being the best team, we can be. Joaquin and I have been training together for 13 years and being able to share this experience with my brother makes it even better, especially when we have people and organisations supporting us.
“The recognition and support from QTS Group is invaluable as we progress in our sport, particularly as we are now firmly focused on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the next European Championships.”
Javier and Joaquin began their training at just six years old in their home country of Spain, inspired by their father, Luis Bello, a former professional volleyball player.
After moving to England at 10 years old, the brothers have gone on to prove themselves as two of the best players in the UK, winning the Youth Commonwealth Games and achieving England’s highest ever results in numerous competitions around the world, including a World Tour medal this August.
The QTS scheme
Javier and Joaquin have struggled to find sponsorship to fund their coaching, training and competitions. They heard about the QTS Youth Athlete Programme through their coach and applied for the inclusive programme that offers sponsorship to aspiring athletes across all sports.
QTS launched its Youth Athlete Programme in England this year and will support five individual English athletes across a range of sporting disciplines including hammer throw, snowboarding and kickboxing.
The programme also supports 10 athletes in Scotland, five of which joined the programme in January this year.
Alan McLeish, managing director of The QTS Group, said: “As competitors in a relatively unknown sport in the UK, Joaquin and Javier have not only maintained their position as Great Britain’s top male players but also raised the profile of the sport at the same time.
“The Youth Athlete Programme was launched four years ago to support aspiring athletes across a huge range of sporting disciplines, and we have successfully helped 16 athletes to date. Following its success, we wanted to launch the programme in England amongst the communities where we are based and it’s an honour to support some of the country’s rising young sporting talent.”
To find out more about the QTS Youth Athlete Programme, please visit www.qtsgroup.com/strategic-partnerships/youth-athletes