SportsAid's partnership with The Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray has seen 128 up-and-coming athletes like archer Lizzie Warner benefit from awards since 2013.
The support means the athletes are getting the financial help they need to take the next steps on their sporting journey. They also benefit from workshops offering media training and expert advice on nutrition, and invitations to support the business at sporting community events.
Previous recipients of SportsAid awards from The Nottingham include table tennis player Sam Walker and T42 sprinter Julie Rogers, both of whom competed at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively, T12 sprinter Zac Shaw and tennis star Freya Christie.
Staff at The Nottingham and Harrison Murray are great fundraisers. To give even more support to the athletes - each of whom is linked to their nearest local branch - they are working together to top up their SportsAid awards through a series of fundraising events. From cake sales to sports days and sponsored challenges, they work hard to raise more, much-needed money and awareness for the next generation of British sport.
David Marlow, Chief Executive of Nottingham Building Society, said: "We are thrilled to be involved with this initiative to help someone that is part of our local community. It is essential that we help these future sports stars with their funding on the road to achieving their Olympic and Paralympic dreams."
Offering a range of financial and estate agency services, The Nottingham is a mutual society with a strong community heritage. To celebrate SportsAid's 40th anniversary in 2016, the society launched a special savings affinity account to boost its donation further.
"Nottingham Building Society and SportsAid have helped me a great deal. With the money I have bought my new bow so that’s a real help."
Lizzie Warner, 17, has been supported by The Nottingham since 2015