North East commercial law firm Muckle LLP has beaten competition from rivals around the country to secure a two-year contract with England Athletics.
The team at the Newcastle-based business will be the sole provider of legal services to the group, the governing body for athletics in England.
The deal is the latest the company has secured with a sporting organisation, with teams within the business already advising Sport England, The Football Association, Durham County Cricket Club and more recently began working with the Caribbean Premier League Twenty 20 cricket tournament.
The new contract is being led by Muckle partner and head of sport John Devine, who will lead the team in advising England Athletics and helping them achieve their objectives.
Mr Devine said: “We are delighted to have been appointed as advisers to England Athletics. The appointment reflects the strength of our sports team and builds on our national reputation.
“Our aim is to develop a strong partnership which we hope will be the start of a mutually successful relationship between our two organisations.”
Headquartered in Birmingham, the sporting body has three core objectives, involving increasing participation across communities, improving the experience of everyone taking part and supporting the development of the next generation of champions.
Statistics show that just over two million people are involved in athletics across England, with around 130,000 of those competing within 1,200 athletics clubs.
Chris Jones, chief executive officer of England Athletics, said: “Having completed a rigorous tendering process, we are delighted to have contracted Muckle LLP as our sole legal advisers.
“The team at Muckle has demonstrated a clear understanding of our organisational objectives and showed great enthusiasm and passion for what we do.”
John Devine added: “We believe passionately in the value of sport in the community and are determined to do everything possible to promote sporting participation.
“Last year we started a running club for our people called “Muckle Runners” that now has 50 members. We are already discussing with England Athletics to share our experiences and help them develop new ways to increase participation in sport.”