Commonwealth Games England have announced an extension to their partnership with National Express ©National Express

British coach operator National Express will continue their support of Commonwealth Games England through to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, it has been announced.

The company began partnering Team England following the 2010 Games in New Delhi and their agreement with the organisation will also include the next two Commonwealth Youth Games, in Apia, Samoa, from September 5 to 11 this year and the 2017 event in Castries, St. Lucia.

National Express have also revealed they will offer free return coach travel for Team England athletes competing in Apia, as well as a year’s free travel for those who bring home gold medals.

“The CGE team are already looking ahead to the 2018 Games to ensure that Team England are fully prepared and ready to compete on the international stage again,” recently-appointed Commonwealth Games England chief executive Paul Blanchard said.

“It'll be great to have the backing of National Express for our journey to the Gold Coast and it’s great to have their assistance for this year’s talented youth team.

“This might be their first opportunity to represent England and experience a multi-sport environment away from home and National Express will help ensure Team England’s young athletes have an enjoyable, comfortable experience.”

National Express will offer one year's free coach travel to English athletes who win gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia
National Express will offer one year's free coach travel to English athletes who win gold medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa, next month ©CYG2015

National Express’ commitment to Team England’s youngsters comes as part of their Youth Promise, which pledges to help promote and develop youth talent.

The upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games will see around 1,000 young athletes aged between 14 and 18 compete in nine sports across seven days of competition.

“We’re really pleased to continue our longstanding support for Team England and are particularly pleased to honour our promise to support young people by backing young athletes,” National Express managing director Tom Stables said.

“The Commonwealth Youth Games showcase the talent of the future on an international stage and we are proud to play our part in the journey to sporting stardom.”

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