SportsAid helps the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early stages of their careers.
Four education institutions are leading the way with supporting talented athletes in education in England, having been accredited by an innovative new Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) initiative. The scheme, managed by SportsAid for Sport England, believes that every young person on a talent pathway should have the opportunity to gain qualifications alongside their sporting pursuits.
Nine members of SportsAid’s alumni have been confirmed in England’s starting line-up for tomorrow’s Women’s Rugby World Cup final clash against New Zealand at the Kingspan Stadium. Led by captain Sarah Hunter, a recipient of a TASS award in 2008, the Red Roses will be looking to retain their crown having beaten Canada in the final three years ago to lift the World Cup for the second time.
Beth Shriever is still pinching herself after being crowned world champion at the UCI 2017 BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carollina. The 18-year-old, competing in the junior women’s class, pipped favourite Saya Sakakaibara right on the line as she staged a stunning comeback to claim the rainbow jersey on the final straight. Beth revealed she ‘struggled to comprehend’ what she had achieved on the world stage.
SportsAid's support meant so much to me and I’ll always be very grateful for what they’ve done.
Victoria PendletonSportsAid alumna
The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the world's most famous fundraisers. SportsAid was the first ever official charity of the London Marathon back in 1984.