Posted 14th Jun 2016

Building winners as Team Bath forges exciting new partnership with South-West business MJ Church

Proven medal-winning athletes from four different sports teamed up today to meet Team Bath’s new partner MJ Church.

With 50 days to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games falling tomorrow (Wednesday), the news that Team Bath has a backer prepared to support grass-roots through to the elite was a significant boost to the whole family of sports based at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.

World number one wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver, who is seeking a podium spot at the Rio Paralympic Games, said: “Knowing that companies like MJ Church are supporting you, gives you confidence and time to focus on training. It’s a big help and shows that other people believe in you.”

Tom Church, director at MJ Church, said: “Team Bath already has a fabulous track record of supporting organisations and individuals in sport to succeed. We are delighted to be joining that team and particularly pleased to back young athletes and the exciting depth and breadth of sport and well-being activities that happen at Team Bath.”

Rachel Shaw, from the Team Bath netball squad, said: “Even players at England level in my sport struggle to combine the hours of training with supporting themselves. People like the team from MJ Church can make a difference.”

Working with Team Bath, MJ Church will support a number of sporting ambassadors who will help bring the partnership to life and encourage others to take up sport, get or stay fit or to move from being a development athlete to national squads.

Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “This is an exciting new partnership. MJ Church will be involved in everything we do from our Tribe activities for young children through to backing a number of the rising stars across our family of sport.”

Formed in 1974 MJ Church is one of the region’s largest Civil Engineering, Plant, Transport and Waste Management Contractors in the South West of England.

Based in Marshfield, the company has a reputation for its quality of service and straightforward and professional approach.

(From left) Tom Church (MJ Church Director), Sophie Kamlish (athletics), Ben Staff (MJ Church Operations Director), Piers Gilliver (wheelchair fencing), Stephen Baddeley (University of Bath Director of Sport), Jay Lelliott (swimming), Jess Church (MJ Church Event Waste Manager) and Rachel Shaw (netball)
(From left) Tom Church (MJ Church Director), Sophie Kamlish (athletics), Ben Staff (MJ Church Operations Director), Piers Gilliver (wheelchair fencing), Stephen Baddeley (University of Bath Director of Sport), Jay Lelliott (swimming), Jess Church (MJ Church Event Waste Manager) and Rachel Shaw (netball)

Chairman Mike Church, Company Secretary Paula Church and Operations Director Ben Staff have been at the heart of brokering the new partnership with Team Bath. MJ Church emphasised its passion for sport and general well-being and building winners with the region’s young athletes.

Today’s meet and greet at the Sports Training Village saw staff and vehicles from MJ Church lining up on the start-line with the athletes to mark the start of the new relationship.

London 2012 Paralympic sprinter Sophie Kamlish, who is targeting a place at Rio 2016, said: “It’s great for the athletes based here at the University of Bath to know they have that support from MJ Church as they train and compete.”

Fellow athlete Dave King, who has set the Olympic qualifying time in the 110m hurdles, added: “It has been lovely to meet the team from MJ Church today. The support they provide will be a great asset to Team Bath and the athletes based here.”

Swimmer Jay Lelliott, a World University Games champion and Sports Performance student who is targeting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, said: “I love the new kit with the MJ Church branding on it. Their assistance and support going forward will be great for all at Team Bath.”

For further information please contact the Team Bath press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 by email at

For further information on MJ Church, please contact Carol Heneghan, Marketing Manager, on 01225 891591, 07769 883572 or

About MJ Church

MJ Church is a diverse and dynamic business offering a diverse range of services from skip hire and waste collection to multi million-pound civil engineering contracts. Established in 1974, the company operate three main divisions from three main sites in the Chippenham area. Star Farm Marshfield is the company head office as well as the hub for plant and transport; Waste Management is operated out of recently acquired site on the A420; Civil Engineering main contracting is operated from new offices at Salterford Lane, Chippenham.

PrintThe company also operates a growing number of Waste Transfer Stations across the region supporting the growing demand for efficient and sustainable management of waste.

MJ Church employs over 400 people. Training and developing staff has been a well-established tradition at MJ Church, staff are well trained with CSCS, CPCS and PTS. Reacting to demand from customers and subcontractors for health and safety training, the company is developing its training team and facilities initial for employees but also to offer training to subcontractors and local construction companies.

MJ Church Team

Conrad Williams, Plant Hire Co-ordinator                 Ann Kyte, Office Manager

Tom Nelson, Waste Management Graduate              Ben Macleod, Land Surveyor

Hannah Whittle, Event and Sales Coordinator

Pictured at the top of the page are (clockwise from top left) Tom Church (MJ Church Director), Ben McLeod (MJ Church Land Surveyor), Ben Staff (MJ Church Operations Director), Conrad Williams (MJ Church Plant Hire Coordinator), Ann Kyte (MJ Church Office Manager), Hannah Whittle (MJ Church Event & Sales Coordinator), Stephen Baddeley (University of Bath Director of Sport), Jess Church (MJ Church Event Waste Manager), Tom Nelson (MJ Church Waste Management Graduate), Rachel Shaw (netball), Jay Lelliott (swimming), Sophie Kamlish (athletics) and Piers Gilliver (wheelchair fencing).

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