We are helping the country’s most talented young athletes to fulfil their potential with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities. They are local heroes, living on your doorstep, with inspirational stories of dedication, commitment and sacrifice!
The athletes we support will spend over £7,000 each year in meeting the costs of their sport with their family. Without the charity's backing, many of these young prospects would face a tough decision on whether to continue training and competing. You can help them on their journey!
Noah Williams made his Commonwealth Games debut four years ago and the diver recalls exactly what it meant to represent Team England as he prepares to do the same in Birmingham. Noah, now 22, competed for Team GB at the Olympic Games last summer and recently returned his first World Championships medal with silver in the 10m synchro alongside Matty Lee.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated SportsAid’s support for talented young athletes and aspiring support staff as they championed the ground-breaking Team England Futures programme on a visit to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games yesterday (2 August). The Duke and Duchess were also joined by Princess Charlotte. Futures is enabling more than 800 athletes and support staff members to see the Games up close by taking a first-hand look behind-the-scenes.
Team England holds a special place in Tom Hamer's heart. The 23-year-old made history as the first S14 swimmer to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow eight years ago. Tom, on his international para-swimming debut, took silver in the S14 200m Freestyle, aged just 15, before topping the podium on the Gold Coast four years later, winning gold in a world record time of 1.55.88.
With the help of SportsAid, I did my thing. I didn’t come from a wealthy family, and there were times when I thought ‘I need a job’ but I stuck to my swimming. Thankfully it did pay off. It's about gambling and making sacrifices. I put a high risk in myself and invested the time in what was going to make the difference to my swimming.
Adam PeatyOlympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medallist