Allianz teams up with GB athletes for Buddy Programme

Allianz teams up with GB athletes for Buddy Programme

Authored by Allianz

Employees at Allianz Holdings have been partnered with world-class athletes for a mutual support and learning relationship as part of the global Allianz Buddy Programme.

Run over a six-month period each athlete has been matched with 4 employees from across the Allianz business to form a buddy group and explore different development topics including mental health, motivation and mindset.

Athletes taking part in the UK buddy scheme are:

  • Matthew Robertson, paracyclist, ParalympicsGB
  • Savannah Wilkinson, basketball, TeamGB
  • Chris McCormick, freestyle skiing, TeamGB
  • Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, basketball, TeamGB

Jost Wahlen, head of learning and development, Allianz Holdings commented: “Allianz has a close relationship with sport and we recognise how transformative it can be. This programme is a great chance for us to show our support for the athlete community whilst offering our employees valuable insights and personal development opportunities.

“By working in small groups good learning relationships can be built that should benefit both athletes and Allianz employees. It’s one of many ways that we foster learning and development and is particularly exciting given the combination of athletes involved.”

Globally the Allianz Buddy Programme will see over 40 athletes team up with Allianz employees across 15 countries. Participating athletes include active and retired Olympians and Paralympians as well as Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.

Allianz officially began its eight-year worldwide partnership as the Worldwide Insurance Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements on 1 January 2021, building on a collaboration with the Paralympic Movement since 2006.


About Allianz

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group,  a leading integrated financial services provider and the largest property and casualty insurer in the world.  

The mission of Allianz Insurance is to be the outstanding competitor in our chosen markets by delivering products and services that our clients recommend, being a great company to work for and achieving the best combination of profit and growth. We aim to achieve this by putting the customer at the heart of everything we do. 

Allianz is able to offer customers a wide range of products and services including home and motor and commercial insurance with full range of products and service for sole traders' right up to large commercial organisations.  

Allianz Insurance employs over 4,500 people across a network of 20 offices in the UK and the company’s Head Office is situated in Guildford, Surrey.  Our heritage and financial strength help make Allianz what it is today; a safe and trusted partner. Over 40 FTSE100 companies partner with Allianz.  youTalk-insurance sharing Allianz Insurance news and video


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