Each of the young athletes that have been selected to be part of the Young Sportsperson programme are an inspiration to all of us at OCS. The determination and dedication that these young people demonstrate through their training and competitions is admirable, and in turn, we are passionate about nurturing that talent, not just within our business, but also across the communities in which we work.
Bob Taylor, OCS CEO UK, Ireland and Middle East
OCS Group is an international total facilities management provider, with annual turnover of £1bn, employing more than 87,000 people in 50 countries worldwide. OCS ranked 59th in the Sunday Times Top Track 100 in 2016. The company offers over 80 individual services from catering, cleaning, horticulture and waste management to security, maintenance and hygiene. These services can be delivered individually or as part of a fully-integrated FM solution.
OCS manages and delivers services to organisations across the public and private sector. As a private business in the fifth-generation of family ownership, OCS believes in sustainable solutions. Its maxim Here Today, Here Tomorrow reflects the delivery of sustainable solutions to facilities management problems which are sustainable in financial, human, community and environmental terms. Its core values define what it believes in as an organisation.
OCS puts customers first; fosters a ‘can do’ attitude; builds strong relationships; recognises wider responsibilities; promotes change and innovation; and provides great value. OCS takes an active role in the facilities management community as members of the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Business Services Association. OCS is there for you around the clock by delivering essential and sustainable services 24 hours a day.
OCS provides young British athletes with financial support and recognition through its partnership with SportsAid. Each athlete receives an annual £1,000 award which contributes towards costs such as travel, accommodation and equipment. This year, OCS is helping eight up-and-coming sports stars across eight disabled and non-disabled disciplines.
OCS is passionate about nurturing talent and launched its Young Sportsperson Awards in 1998 to recognise and reward outstanding young prospects. The awards are an annual scheme which have seen more than £500,000 distributed to help athletes at the beginning of their careers. Previous beneficiaries include James Wilstrop, Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith.
OCS has a long-term partnership with SportsAid which began in 2008. The charity supports OCS in identifying the recipients of its awards and also helps with the delivery of its Young Sportsperson of the Year Award ceremony. Previous SportsAid awardees Gabby Logan and Iwan Thomas have presented the awards evening in London with many high-profile guests.
“I feel honoured to be recognised, and that people want to help me in my career. It makes me want to work harder to achieve my dreams. It’s an amazing opportunity for me and the support will really help me to make a smooth transition and continue at an international level.”
Ellie Pryor is a weightlifter who represented Team GB at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. She won the OCS Young Sportsperson of the Year Award in 2018.
The Bank of Mum and Dad? That’s just the start! Being the parent or guardian of a talented young athlete is so much more. Taxi driver, personal assistant, sports psychologist, lead nutritionist…and that’s under normal circumstances. Their CV would have grown even further in recent times. School teacher, training partner, social media assistant…and their back garden or garage has probably become a gym! They really are the ‘team behind the team’.
SportsAid is here to bring YOU closer to the country’s most talented young athletes. Who are they? Where do they come from? What have they achieved? What challenges do they face? What are their long-term ambitions? We are going to offer insight and inspiration from our future sporting heroes as we share their stories through a series of written interviews, features and blog posts - alongside a regular stream of exclusive video content.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge joined SportsAid at the London Stadium last Wednesday (26 February) to champion the parents and guardians of talented young athletes and highlight the important role they play in British sporting success. The Duchess, who has been the Patron of SportsAid since 2013, also delivered a speech to guests where she shared her admiration for the parents and guardians.