Since 1976, SportsAid has helped aspiring British sportsmen and women when it matters most – at the very start of their journey towards becoming the next generation of sporting heroes.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge became SportsAid’s Patron in 2013. Her support is helping the charity to shine a much brighter light on the achievements and potential of the UK’s most promising young athletes. She has spent time with many athletes who have been supported by SportsAid at the charity’s training days and workshops. She has also met several of the charity’s biggest supporters at fundraising events such as the SportsBall. Her support is helping the charity to take its message further than was ever possible before.
Proudly supporting the next generation
SportsAid helps the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early years of their careers.
These athletes are typically aged 12 to 18 and are among our brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success.
The SportsAid Awards they receive are funded by the charity’s partners, donors and fundraisers – recognising their achievements and potential before anyone else. These awards help aspiring athletes to train harder and compete more effectively so they can progress up to the senior and/or international level of their sport. At this point many go on to become Olympians and Paralympians
Famous SportsAid athletes
Some of the best known and most successful British sportsmen and women have been helped by SportsAid, including:
- Sir Bradley Wiggins
- Sir Chris Hoy
- Sir Steve Redgrave
- Sir Ben Ainslie
- Sir Mo Farah
- Dame Kelly Holmes
- Dame Sarah Storey
- Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
- Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
- Rebecca Adlington OBE
- Ellie Simmonds OBE
- Greg Rutherford MBE
- David Weir CBE
- Tom Daley
At the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, almost two-thirds of the British team were recipients of SportsAid’s support. These athletes won 20 Olympic and 27 Paralympic gold medals between them.
At the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 241 British athletes who received support from the charity won medals. Between them they won 58 gold medals, 101 silver medals and 82 bronze medals. In total SportsAid supported 467 athletes who competed at the Games, with 58 of them receiving their SportsAid Awards in 2014.