We are thrilled to be involved with SportsAid to help athletes that are part of our local community. It is essential that we help these future sports stars with their funding on the road to achieving their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.
David Marlow, CEO, Nottingham Building Society
The Nottingham is an award-winning building society and estate agency, operating online and via its network, spanning 67 branches across 11 counties. The eighth largest building society in the UK by assets, with the fifth biggest branch presence, the Nottingham offers a broad range of building society services such as mortgages and savings as well as independent financial planning, whole-of-market mortgage advice and local estate agency services.
Founded in 1849 by a small group of local businessman, the Nottingham is a mutual building society owned by its members with a long and proud history of offering financial support and advice to local communities. Through its 'Doing Good Together' programme, launched in 2011, the Society has donated over £950,000 to help communities in its heartland prosper. The Nottingham's charity partners are SportsAid, Framework and Young Enterprise.
SportsAid's partnership with the Nottingham Building Society has seen 160 up-and-coming athletes receive support since 2013. The Nottingham provides financial awards and personal development opportunities to athletes who are based within the communities in which it trades. This stretches as far north as Sheffield and as far south as Hertfordshire.
The athletes are given an annual cash boost and presented with further chances to top up that figure by engaging with their local branch and supporting fundraising activity. Staff at The Nottingham have raised more than £50,000 over the last five years which has allowed athletes to purchase brand new equipment and cover essential costs they are faced with.
The athletes benefit from workshops offering media training, expert advice on nutrition and mentoring from Olympians and Paralympians. Previous recipients of SportsAid awards from The Nottingham include Olympians Sam Walker (table tennis) and Molly Summerhayes (skiing), who competed in Rio and PyeongChang respectively, and Paralympian Julie Rogers.
The Nottingham provided further backing to SportsAid by launching a special savings account in 2016. Over 7,000 accounts were opened, and for each £1 saved, the Society would pay 0.25% to SportsAid (with the customer receivng 3% interest). The Nottingham also sponsored the #MyMiles Schools Challenge during SportsAid Week by match-funding up to £5,000.
"I don't think I would be where I am without the generous support from SportsAid. Most of my races are abroad and these are with fast athletes which is what I need. Without their support I wouldn't have been able to go as there aren't many for hurdles in the UK. I do feel proud to represent SportsAid as it’s such a well-known organisation - it means so much to me.”
Jessica Turner is a 400m hurdler who competed at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. She has received SportsAid awards from the Nottingham in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
SportsAid is delighted to announce that the Nottingham Building Society has thrown its full support behind SportsAid Week by becoming a match-funding partner for the inaugural #MyMiles Schools Challenge. The Nottingham, which is a long-standing partner of the charity, will match up to a total of £5,000 raised directly through the #MyMiles Schools Challenge and schools-related activity.
SportsAid's partnership with The Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray has seen 128 up-and-coming athletes helped through the charity since 2013. The Nottingham provides financial awards and additional support to athletes who are based within the communities in which it trades. The society reaches across 67 branches positioned throughout the East Midlands and beyond.
Six brave staff from Nottingham Building Society tackled fire, ice-cold water and Tough Mudder’s notorious Electroshock Therapy to raise over £1,300 to help the next generation of sports stars with SportsAid. Lucy Shelton, Helen Watts, Tara Wiltshire, Graeme Kendell and India Wolstencroft were led by team captain Andy French as they overcame the gruelling course at Belvoir Castle.
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.