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!
Few people know the trials and tribulations of being an aspiring athlete like Paralympic, world and European gold medallist - and former world record holder - Danny Crates. After a car accident in Australia during 1994, Essex-born Danny decided to take up athletics. Danny faced several challenges during his historic career, including a switch from 400m to his favoured 800m, injuries, and dealing with the pressure of a major Games.
Stood on the summit of the Gold Coast podium holding the St George’s Cross aloft, speedster Reuben Arthur has no doubt about what makes Team England so special. And with the clock to next summer’s hotly-anticipated Commonwealth Games in Birmingham rapidly ticking, the reigning 4x100m champion is urging the next generation of talent to grab that opportunity with both hands. Reuben, 25, captured gold medal glory for Team England in Australia three years ago as he, Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey proved too hot to handle.
Representing your country is often said to be the greatest honour bestowed upon an athlete. But how do you reach that point? And what does it take to make the jump from competing at junior level to the senior stage? Our new feature series, entitled ‘From Junior to Senior’, sees a member of our alumni reflect on this journey! This time in the hotseat is Emily Defroand - former Great Britain and England hockey player and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist.
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