Niche are happy to announce that we’ve agreed to sponsor and provide support to 15-year-old international badminton player, Harper Leigh.
Harper has won multiple national titles, British tournaments and a Gold medal on his European Circuit debut in February 2020 (aged 13) at the Spanish Open. He is currently Wales’ only representative at the Under 15 European Championships. He recently represented Wales at the Under 17 Team/Individual European Championships in Slovenia winning three out of five singles matches against older opponents from Finland, Lithuania and Portugal.
Harper was given “elite sports player” status in March, allowing him to train and compete through the Covid restrictions. He is one of the youngest athletes in Wales to be granted this dispensation. He is also a SportsAid Wales athlete.
Harper is a committed athlete who trains at Newport Badminton Academy. He is also part of Badminton Wales’ High-Performance squad. Harper’s frequent travel includes training and tournaments.
Notably, Harper won the South Wales Argus’ 2020 Young Sports Personality award which Niche are proud to have sponsored.
Harper has huge support from his parents and coaches. Harper's father said:
Harper is currently studying for his GCSEs at Bassaleg School, a secondary school of which several of the Niche team are alumni.
The support Niche is giving to Harper will go towards training and travel costs.
Compliance and HR Director of Niche, Tom Roberts, explained why Niche decided to give their support to Harper:
“We’re very keen as a company to support local communities where the heart of our client base is located. In particular, we welcome the opportunity to support young talent in South Wales who will hopefully go on to add to the sporting success stories we’ve become very familiar with over the years. We wholeheartedly hope that Harper has a long career ahead of him full of achievements, and we’re delighted to be able to support him.”
This sponsorship follows Niche's established history of supporting local sports teams and individuals, including Olympian hockey player Sarah Jones, boxer Rosie Eccles, Lisvane Cricket Club, and Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey to name a few.
We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with Harper’s future successes!
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