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Allianz and the Youth Sport Trust to help UK school children ‘MoveNow’ with launch of nationwide festivals

Posted: 27 February 2024

Allianz is the Worldwide Insurance Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. As part of the partnership the company has introduced the global MoveNow program to harness the power of play and sport.

Following the success of the Dare To Believe Festivals in 2016 and 2018 Allianz in the UK is working with the Youth Sport Trust to launch the MoveNow Festivals for 2024. Aimed at secondary school children the 20 inclusive festivals will introduce them to Olympic and Paralympic sports in a fun and relaxed environment.

Each Festival will be run by Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentors, Young Leaders and Allianz volunteers with the opportunity to try sports and activities at local aspirational facilities. The launch event took place at the Lee Valley Athletics centre in London on the 29th January for over 100 children, with the next Festivals scheduled for Birmingham in February and Bristol, Milton Keynes, Manchester and Guildford in March. The remaining Festivals are scheduled throughout the year in locations ranging from Bournemouth to Glasgow. This mapping gives as many children as possible the opportunity to take part and enables Allianz employees to support their communities through volunteering at the events.

Speaking at the launch event Shanil Williams, Allianz Commercial Board Member commented: 

“It was a wonderful day for everyone involved seeing the power of fun and sports come together. The Olympic and Paralympic values are about building belonging, resilience and a mindset to be the best you can. This is something close to our heart at Allianz as partners of the games but also as an organisation, and to see so many of our employees choose to use their volunteering hours for the Festivals is really great as it shows how sport brings people together.”

Colm Holmes, CEO of Allianz UK, added: 

“I hope all of the children who take part in our Move Now Festivals over the coming months have a really enjoyable time and that it sparks an interest in the different sports included, and maybe even a future athlete or two. Inclusion is very important to us at Allianz so we’re delighted to partner with Youth Sport Trust to make these events as inclusive as possible and spotlight a range of sports to everyone taking part as we countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic games in Paris later this year.”

Colm Holmes, CEO, Allianz UK

Emily Reynolds, National Programmes Director at the Youth Sport Trust said: 

“It was fantastic to be at the launch of the MoveNow festivals in London alongside our Athlete Mentors, Young Leaders and volunteers from Allianz. The Youth Sport Trust passionately believes improving children and young people’s wellbeing is a national priority and it’s so important to offer young people the opportunity to try out new sports and help them to understand the benefits of a physically active lifestyle. Harnessing the power of sport and play is vital, and we’re grateful for the support of everyone at Allianz for enabling us to inspire over 2,000 children to get active at the 20 festivals planned between now and the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer.”

About Allianz Holdings plc

Allianz Holdings plc is the non-regulated holding company which owns the principal insurance operations of Allianz SE in Great Britain including Allianz Insurance

About Allianz

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 122 million* private and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 717 billion euros** on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage about 1.7 trillion euros** of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we are among the leaders in the insurance industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2022, over 159,000 employees achieved total revenues of 152.7 billion euros and an operating profit of 14.2 billion euros for the group***.

*Including non-consolidated entities with Allianz customers.

**As of March 31, 2023

***As reported – not adjusted to reflect the application of IFRS 9 and IFRS 17.

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