SportsAid helps the most promising young British athletes by providing them with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities during the critical early stages of their careers.
SportsAid has outlined its approach towards the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The charity has a Business Continuity Plan and all staff are now working from home for the foreseeable future. The team remains contactable and the main phone line has been redirected.
Financial barriers pose the main challenge for SportsAid athletes. They receive no funding, other than that from the charity, which means they rely heavily on their parents to cover their training and competition costs. One-off and regular donations can make a real difference.
Paula Dunn, head coach for the British Athletics Paralympic Programme, is proud of how the country’s para athletes have responded to life in lockdown and the postponement of Tokyo 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since confirmation of the Games being pushed back a year, Paula and her team have been maintaining regular contact with the track and field stars to offer them further support during a challenging time.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Paralympic gold medallist Danny Crates, who is a long-standing ambassador of SportsAid, has written a two-part blog on his own relationship with mental health. Here, in the second instalment, Danny reflects on the challenges he faced around Beijing 2008, his ‘all or nothing’ personality, making the decision to retire from para athletics and how he managed the transition out of full-time sport.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Olympic silver medallist Keri-anne Payne, who is a long-standing ambassador of SportsAid, has written a blog on her own relationship with mental health. Here, Keri-anne reflects on the importance of her family and support network, making the move from the pool to open water swimming, training your brain as well as your body, and changing her approach following the London 2012 Olympics.
SportsAid's support meant so much to me and I’ll always be very grateful for what they’ve done.
Victoria PendletonSportsAid alumna
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