By Gary Anderson

November 25 - Sportscover has joined forces with UK Sport to help support British athletes in the build up to Rio 2016 © Getty Images UK Sport today announced the signing of a new four-year partnership with sports and leisure insurance specialists Sportscover ahead of its annual World Class Performance Conference which is due to get underway in Manchester today.

Under the new deal, Sportscover will provide a range of insurance services to UK Sport including public liability, events cover and property insurance and the firm will also become the presenting partner of UK Sport's Gold Event Series Workshop and Governance events through until 2017.

"It's fantastic for us to be able to announce that Sportscover will act as a key partner to UK Sport on the road to Rio," said Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport. 

"Their investment will allow us to continue to provide key learning and development opportunities to coaches, event managers and governance specialists as we look to build a stronger more sustainable high performance sports system in the UK."

Formerly known as the World Class Coaching Conference, the World Class Performance Conference taking place at the Midland Hotel from today until Wednesday (November 27) is in its 13th year.

The theme of this year's gathering is "Motion" as the UK's elite performance sports focus on maximising medal prospects at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and continue the preparation for the Rio 2016 cycle.

UK Sport will host a three-day conference for British elite coaches and performance directors ahead of Sochi 2014 and to plan for Rio 2016 © Getty Images UK Sport will host a three-day conference for British elite coaches and performance directors ahead of Sochi 2014 and to plan for Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

More than 300 performance directors, coaches and support staff from Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sports are expected to gather in Manchester to learn, debate and share best practice over the three days.

"Sportscover are delighted to be working with such a prestigious partner as UK Sport," said Paul Thomas, business development manager at Sportscover.

"This represents a further step forward in our development and one towards our ultimate goal of becoming synonymous with sport in this country.

"We look forward to assisting UK Sport and its beneficiaries with the continued delivery of excellence across the sporting landscape."

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