Elton John Sports Fund

Thanks to your support we will be able to fund young athletes for the next eight years to help make their dreams come true. Thank you!

Elton John

The Elton John Sports Fund was launched with more than £300,000 raised at an acclaimed concert by the artist at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire on Saturday June 28.

The fund supports Britain’s brightest prospects from more than 50 sports by providing annual awards of £2,000 to help with essential training and competition costs.

“Thanks to your support,” Elton said to a crowd of 5,000 fans during the concert, “we will be able to fund young athletes for the next eight years to help make their dreams come true. Thank you!”

One of the first SportsAid athletes to benefit from the Elton John Sports Fund was rower Molly Harding from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire who had the privilege of receiving her cheque from Elton just before he went on stage.

Molly said, “Never would I have thought that I would be receiving this award, let alone receiving it from the man himself! To know that SportsAid and others see this potential in me really gives me that encouragement to believe that I will be next. The whole experience was very overwhelming.”

She added, “This support has come at a time that I need it most. With events that I'm hoping to be selected for such as the world junior rowing championships I'm going to need this money to help pay for the costs of travelling.”

Also receiving £2,000 cheques from Elton on the night were 17-year-old sprinter Daryll Neita from Lee in south east London, 14-year-old swimmer Holly Hibbott from Southport in Merseyside, 17-year-old sprinter James Arnott from Plymouth in Devon and 15-year-old cyclist Fred Wright from Herne Hill in London.

KEY POINTS

  • Elton John gave a live performance for SportsAid in 2014 to launch the fund
  • The fund now helps 20 athletes a year with significant financial support
  • The support reflects Elton's passion for helping young people to fulfil their potential
  • Elton John is one of SportsAid's longest supporters, having been a trustee of the charity back in the 1970s.

TESTIMONIAL

 "Never would I have thought that I would be receiving this award, let alone receiving it from the man himself! To know that SportsAid and others see this potential in me really gives me that encouragement to believe that I will be next."

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Molly Harding, rowing