For the second successive year, the Disabled British Open (DBO) golf championship has received sponsorship support from IMSM, the leading ISO standard implementation consultant.

The third annual DBO takes place in August, at East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa (ESN), and IMSM’s support has been welcomed by event organiser Andy Barwell .

He said: “We are indebted to IMSM for their unwavering commitment to an event which is so valuable to the community it serves. The company continues to be a massive supporter of the event and will this year be sponsoring all competitors’ shirts. We are delighted to once again welcome them as a partner to the 2011 DBO.”

IMSM is a worldwide industry leading consultant delivering on the implementation of ISO standards. Recognised internationally, ISO standards specify the requirements for operating procedures and systems, together with conformity practices and assessment.

Andrew Brewerton, marketing director at IMSM, was delighted to be endorsing the event for the second time.

He said: “It’s a natural fit for us. We recognise the high quality of the tournament, both in its organisation and presence within the media. Ensuring high standards is core to our business, and our association with the DBO makes perfect sense.”

The 2010 DBO – the first to be played at the current venue – attracted a full field of 72 disabled athletes, with ages ranging from 16-71, from as far afield as South Africa , Pakistan , Spain , Ireland and Germany , in addition to a strong UK contingent.

The event is delivered through Tourism South East, and is part of Accentuate, a transformational programme of 15 projects, inspired by the Paralympic Movement, which seeks to change perceptions and offer opportunities to showcase the talents of deaf and disabled people. Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK, SEEDA and the regional cultural agencies. Screen South is the home of Accentuate.

Sue Saville, managing director of Tourism South East said: “The Disabled British Open continues to go from strength to strength, and to see businesses like IMSM supporting the tournament is an indication of the extent of the event’s reach and its value to sponsors.”

So popular did the 2010 event prove that the 2011 will also the see the inaugural Junior Disabled British Open for young golfers between the ages of 12 and 18.

There will also be a huge army of volunteers required. Last year, after the call went from the organisers for volunteers to act as marshals, ball-spotters, buggy drivers and caddies, the roles were filled within weeks.

The 2011 Disabled British Open and Junior Disabled British Open take place on August 20-21. A range of bespoke sponsorship and partnership packages for both events are still available. For further information contact championship organiser Andy Barwell on 07961 315520 or visit www.disabledbritishopen.org.

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