Sport Ambassador Programme & Client Testimonials
Professional Boxer Lewis Benson and Terry McCormack @ Lochend Boxing Club
Our relationship with Lochend Boxing began with the sponsorship of Lewis Benson in the build-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Several years later, the partnership is still going strong (we now support the entire boxing club) and Lewis is Watermans’ longest running ambassador.
Over the course of four years, Watermans funding has helped pay for first-class boxing kit, gym renovations and trips abroad for top boxing prospects to enhance their skill development. As well as training those with the potential to turn professional, our contribution allows the coaches to deliver boxing lessons to over 250 members in the local community.
With Watermans’ support; Lochend Boxing Club has gained a reputation as one of the country’s leading conveyor belts for young talent – for example, Commonwealth light welterweight champion Josh Taylor, who came through the amateur ranks at Lochend.
Triple Olympian Swimmer Hannah Miley
Hannah Miley, one of Scotland’s most successful swimmers, has been a member of Watermans Ambassador Programme since 2016. Watermans’ ongoing support has helped Hannah get to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August 2016, as well as her fourth Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April 2018.
At the beginning of the partnership, Watermans provided Hannah with a car to allow her to get to events and training as part of her busy day-to-day schedule. The firm also helped deliver a series of coaching sessions to hundreds of young swimmers from over-15 amateur swim clubs in Scotland. These sessions focused on self-development and gave youngsters a chance to receive first class hands on swimming advice from Hannah.
Currently Hannah, who has been turned into a superhero in the Watermans comic books series ‘Watergirl’, is writing her own hero story, as she’s committed to becoming the first Scot ever to win 3 consecutive Commonwealth Games titles.
Rally Driver John MacCrone
With such a rich rallying history in Scotland, our Sport Ambassador Programme couldn’t abstain from supporting John MacCrone, one of the country’s finest rally drivers. After joining forces with Watermans in 2016, the Mull-born driver won the 2016 Mull Rally and was named the ‘best non-registered driver’ in the ADAC Rally Deutschland.
As well as such on-road successes, John also hosted a series of Watermans Rally Days which took place in the historic M-Sport facility at Dovenby Hall Estate in Cumbria. This annual event brought together several Watermans elite sport ambassadors including; professional boxer Lewis Benson, and Savannah McCarthy and Lauren McMurchie of Glasgow City FC.
John, who has since been appointed as Watermans’ road safety ambassador, also recently raised £1,600 for Tayside Children with Cancer & Leukaemia following his appearance on the McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill.
Glasgow City FC
The Glasgow City players are the latest additions to the elite team of Watermans Sports Ambassadors. For the 2017/2018 Scottish Women’s Premier League season, Watermans has acted as the main sponsor for the team. The Watermans Programme has contributed towards new kit for players, transport to events and regular coaching sessions.
2017 was a huge season for Glasgow City FC, they won their 11th consecutive league title and became the first ever Scotland women’s team to get to the UEFA European Championship Finals.
The 2018 season has seen a great start to the defence of Glasgow’s League title, with a recent 6-0 win over Stirling University.
Part of the partnership involves Watermans’ continued commitment to highlighting the importance of women in sport. One recent notable achievement in this area by Watermans was the creation of the first Scottish women’s business football club.
Fraser Howie: Traumatic Brain Injury
Fraser Howie was a back-seat passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tree, resulting in several injuries including a fractured skull and neck, broken nose and a spinal fracture. On top of such physical injuries, Fraser also sustained life-long brain damage which left him unable to sustain employment and required extensive medical and psychological care.
The injury to Fraser’s frontal lobe required extensive case management support and the setting up of a Trust to protect the client’s vulnerability, which was instructed by Watermans. Along with case management services, Watermans also helped Fraser live independently and assisted in him securing employment.
Several complex expert reports were required before Watermans succeeded in recovering a six-figure sum for Fraser, most of the settlement sum relating to past and future loss of earnings and future lifelong care.
Jimmy Sanderson: Taxi Accident
Jimmy Sanderson became a client of Watermans for the first time when his taxi was hit in the rear by a bus. Because of the damage sustained from the collision, Jimmy was unable to work and experienced loss of earnings.
Watermans took care of everything in the immediate aftermath of Jimmy’s accident, including accident recovery and ongoing liaison with third party insurers and the repairers. Following this, Watermans managed every aspect of Jimmy’s claim ensuring his taxi could return to the road as soon as possible.
Since then, Watermans has assisted Jimmy on many occasions and his cab became one of the first to take the streets of Edinburgh under Watermans branding.