Allianz teams up with GB athletes for Buddy Programme

Posted: 03 December 2021


Run over a six-month period each athlete has been matched with 4 employees from across the Allianz business to form a buddy group and explore different development topics including mental health, motivation and mindset. 

Athletes taking part in the UK buddy scheme are:

  • Matthew Robertson, paracyclist, ParalympicsGB
  • Savannah Wilkinson, basketball, TeamGB
  • Chris McCormick, freestyle skiing, TeamGB
  • Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, basketball, TeamGB
Jost Wahlen, head of learning and development, Allianz Holdings commented: 

"Allianz has a close relationship with sport and we recognise how transformative it can be. This programme is a great chance for us to show our support for the athlete community whilst offering our employees valuable insights and personal development opportunities. 

“By working in small groups good learning relationships can be built that should benefit both athletes and Allianz employees. It’s one of many ways that we foster learning and development and is particularly exciting given the combination of athletes involved.” 

Globally the Allianz Buddy Programme will see over 40 athletes team up with Allianz employees across 15 countries. Participating athletes include active and retired Olympians and Paralympians as well as Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.

Allianz officially began its eight-year worldwide partnership as the Worldwide Insurance Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements on 1 January 2021, building on a collaboration with the Paralympic Movement since 2006.

1) Allianz recently featured on the inaugural  Laureus Sport for Good Index.  
The judging panel recognised brands that are putting tangible action at the heart of their investment in sport. 

The information contained in this press release relates to Allianz Insurance plc. Allianz Insurance plc is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.

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.

About Allianz

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 100 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 790 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage 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 amongst the leaders in the insurance industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2021, over 150,000 employees achieved total revenues of 148.5 billion euros and an operating profit of 13.4 billion euros for the group.

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Amy Yorston, PR Consultant Allianz Insurance
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