Local insurer supports Great British rowing talent

3rd November 2015

Covéa Insurance is proud to announce its sponsorship of Henley-based rower, Charles Cousins. The insurer has supported Charles by helping fund a new boat, to give his training a vital boost in this critical period as he endeavours to make selection for the Rio 2016 Olympics; the company will also be offering on-going support as they follow his sporting journey.

The insurer is passionate about making a positive contribution to its local community and with the GB rowing team training just up the river from the company’s Reading office, it was a great opportunity to support local sporting talent.

Carol Geldard; Marketing & Communications Director commented;
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to support Charles with his preparations at such a critical time in his career and will be with him every step (or stroke!) of the way, as he prepares for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We make significant investments in helping our employees achieve their potential which has been recognised through our Investors in People Gold accreditation; it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to support our local community in the same way and we’re really hoping that our support can help Charles secure Gold too!”

Charles is a member of the prestigious Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames, as well as the Reading University Boat Club, and has been racing since school when he was successfully entered into the Cambridge Start programme, hosted by the Rob Roy Boat Club. He has had a hugely successful career to date, collecting medals in several World Championships and competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games, where his crew took fifth place in the men’s quadruple scull event.

Charles said;
“I’m really excited to have the support of Covéa Insurance on my journey to Rio 2016 and with their help I’ve been able to update my training and racing boat. I would never be one to advocate that the tools are more important than the workman, but in this game, when races can be won and lost by a fraction of a second, the best equipment really does help.

The Covéa Insurance office in Reading backs on to the part of the River Thames where I used to train during my time at the University of Reading. On those hot summer days, I imagine I was the envy of everybody in the office, as people looked out to see me having fun on the river. On the other hand, during the cold dark winter training sessions, I would have loved to be inside in the warm!”




About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance Plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France, generating over 16.6 billion Euros in premiums in 2020.   

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 2 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels.

Employing over 1900 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos.  It holds ServiceMark accreditation with Distinction for its Personal Lines operation and its Commercial & HNW Claims teams, as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial business.  Covéa Insurance is signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the insurance Inclusivity Pledge and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

Recently, Covéa Insurance won the General Insurer of the Year award at the British Insurance Awards 2021. It was named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and as the Best Employer at the Yorkshire Financial Awards.  They were also recipients of the Best Insurer title at the British Claims Awards, High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards, the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards.

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