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!
It’s been 16 years since Keri-anne Payne made her Commonwealth Games debut and the swimmer still holds incredibly fond memories of representing Team England at the event on two occasions. Keri-anne was still a teenager when she headed to Melbourne in 2006 and once again returned to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 - winning bronze in the 400m medley two years after claiming Olympic silver in the 10km open water event.
Danielle Brown made history by becoming the first Paralympian to represent England in an able-bodied event at the Commonwealth Games - and now the archery icon is reflecting on her own experiences to disseminate her wisdom to the next generation of talent. After her pinpoint precision fired her to Paralympic glory at Beijing 2008, Danielle followed it up with another gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games for Team England in Delhi.
You often hear athletes mention ‘the Team behind the Team’ in post-competition interviews as they give thanks for the wider support they receive on a day-to-day basis. This may typically refer to coaches, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts, performance analysts, family, friends….the list goes on and varies from athlete to athlete. So what does it take for Team Leaders and Chef de Missions to bring the whole operation together from top to bottom for a major Games? This time in the hotseat is Paula Dunn!
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