Warburton receives vital backing in bid to progress

Pictured from the left are:Mark Leppin, Alex Warburton, Eden Warburton, Claire Quinton-Tulloch
Pictured from the left are:Mark Leppin, Alex Warburton, Eden Warburton, Claire Quinton-Tulloch

Rastrick swimmer Eden Warburton has landed a successful sponsorship deal with local paving and flooring specialists, Marshalls.

Eden’s father Alex is a heavy goods driver for the company, and Head of Communications for Marshalls, Claire Quinton-Tulloch was only too happy for the company to get behind Eden after hearing of her success in the pool.

“We are only too happy to support our employees. The company places a focus on healthy activities and family and whatever we can do for our workforce and their families, we will,” said Claire.

“Alex is obviously very proud of Eden and Chris McLaughlin, who has been with the company for 42 years put her forward. He told me how talented she is and asked if there was anything we could do for her. His case was backed up by another colleague and friend of the family, Paula Hird, and so I went to our Chief Executive Martyn Coffey who was only too happy for Marshalls to support her.”

Alex added: “I can’t thank them enough. Financially it is a big burden, but it is worth it.

“Any help is great but this is unbelievable. She is going to a swimming camp in Torremolinos in October so this will help towards that and she has some big meets and galas coming up this year.”

Eden’s coach Mark Leppin from Kirklees Active Leisure and Borough of Kirklees Swimming Club was also there to thank Claire and the company and said: “We can also use this sponsorship to look at nutrition, development, physiology and psychology. With Marshalls on board we can help build a solid foundation for Eden .

“We are working towards the World Juniors, European Juniors and the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. I would like to say a massive thank you to Marshall’s as it is very rare these days for people to step up and help financially. With a world class company behind us we can build a world class environment for world class athletes.”

Rastrick High School student Eden, who trains 10 times a week, spending 22 hours in the pool, concluded by saying: “Thank you to Claire. With this help and the new sports centre in Huddersfield nearly ready it will really play a big role in my progress.”