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BUCS announce new partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers 04/09/2009

The national organisation for university sport, British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) today announced a new, three-year partnership with leading professional services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).
 
The relationship builds on PwC’s commitment to the development of skills and experience through sport for young people.
 
With BUCS, PwC will be working with 10 UK universities in year one of the partnership to deliver a series of workshops focused on the skills and attributes students develop by playing or managing sport at university.
 
The Skills through Sport project is specifically designed for students who are passionate about sport and will focus on the employability skills that are inherent on the pitch and much desired in the workplace. Sessions will include teamwork, leadership, coaching others, finance and project management and motivating teams. Volunteers from PwC will coach and mentor students at the universities as part of the firm’s Community Affairs programme.

The relationship also offers PwC exclusive sponsorship of two BUCS sports – Rowing and Hockey – and the annual BUCS Ball, which took place last night at Keele University.
 
Ed Smith, Chair of British Universities & Colleges Sport said:
 
“With intense competition for jobs, it is now even more important to understand and value the skills that students can develop within their university experience. At BUCS we know that students who play sport and help others to play sport develop skills that are used in their communities and careers long after they graduate.
 
“With PwC’s experience and expertise we believe we will help our student athletes compete - not just in sport - but in their future employment searches.
 
“We are delighted that PwC is working with us on this new partnership and that its staff will also be involved in two of our biggest participation sports, rowing and hockey over the next three years.”
 
James Chalmers, Head of Strategy and Talent at PricewaterhouseCoopers said:

“Talented people know that to stand out in the jobs market requires more than just academic achievement alone. We’ve long recognised that people develop and improve their skills both in work and out of it, and that’s why we’ve partnered with BUCS this year.”

“We’re looking to attract and develop people who will be successful both in our workplace and in their personal lives; and sport plays a vital role whether you’re providing volunteer support or participating directly.”

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For more information please contact:

Rowena Mearley
Corporate Media Relations, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
T: 020 7213 4727
E: rowena.mearley@uk.pwc.com

Jenni Anderson
Communications & Marketing, BUCS
T: 020 7633 5088
E: jenni.anderson@bucs.org.uk

Notes to editors

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 155,000 people in 153 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

"PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (a limited liability partnership in the United Kingdom) or, as the context requires, the PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms in the network, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

About BUCS

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national organisation for higher sport in the UK. It represents 150 universities and colleges and manages the development and competition programme for 50 sports. For more information visit www.bucs.org.uk or join our facebook page at www.facebook.com/bucs

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