I think it's great that SSE are getting behind future champions and creating a genuine relationship, following their journey, and taking pride in seeing all these young athletes develop right through to 2018, 2020 and beyond.
Sir Chris HoySportsAid alumnus
SSE’s partnership with SportsAid began in 2013 to create a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. SSE created its Next Generation programme, run in conjunction with SportsAid, to help provide young disabled and non-disabled athletes across the UK with financial support and recognition. All of these athletes have the potential to compete at a future Commonwealth, Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Initially, SSE supported 12 athletes in 2013 before the Next Generation programme grew to 50 awardees in 2014. A number of the programme’s alumni have gone on to achieve international success with cyclist Katie Archibald, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in the women’s team pursuit, and Paralympic silver medallists Tom Hamer, Scott Quin and Alison Patrick, all previous beneficiaries.
A lasting legacy for sport
As one of the UK’s leading energy companies and a major sponsor of British and Irish sport, SSE offers every athlete on the SSE Next Generation programme a superb package of support – including vital funding, expert mentoring, additional skills such as media training, and a range of amazing experiences – in a bid to help them fulfil their full sporting potential and create a lasting, living legacy for sport.
This legacy investment also includes the benefit of having exceptional athletes and former athletes on board to act as mentors. Double Paralympic champion Libby Clegg, Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor, former England international rugby player David Flatman, Scottish rugby legend Chris Paterson and record-breaking long distance British cyclist Mark Beaumont have all previously provided support.
SSE has announced the 50 young talented athletes receiving financial support and recognition through its Next Generation programme in 2017. The athletes, aged between 14 and 20 years old, are spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme was launched in 2013 with the aim of creating a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
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