SportsAid Week 2020

Help SportsAid to support the next generation of British sports stars by getting involved in SportsAid Week!

21 - 27 September 2020

You can have a real impact on the future of British sport by supporting SportsAid Week 2020! The week of fun and fundraising is open to everyone as Olympians, Paralympians, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), schools, universities, companies, local businesses and individual supporters come together to help talented young athletes.

Fundraising is a key income stream for the charity and SportsAid Week has generated close to £175,000 since first taking place following the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. The success of the initiative's inaugural year led to SportsAid Week becoming an annual fixture. There are so many ways to get involved and the SportsAid team are here to help you with planning your chosen activity.

SportsAid Week 2020 will be particularly exciting as the charity celebrates the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics while shining a spotlight on the next generation of British sporting heroes targeting Beijing 2022, Birmingham 2022 and Paris 2024. Next year’s dates have been confirmed for 21-27 September and will also see the #MyMiles Challenge continue to grow after breaking even more records!

The Challenge saw a total of 51,001 miles accumulated in 2020 as the charity linked up with Race Nation to provide an online platform for supporters to commit to one of three distances – Choose your own #MyMiles target, a #MyMiles Marathon or #MyMiles x40. Race Nation, via Sports Giving, also presented the opportunity for participants to set up fundraising pages with over £3,000 generated.

Please email Fiona Mackenzie, SportsAid's Athlete & Supporter Liaison Officer, on sportsaidweek@sportsaid.org.uk if you have any questions about SportsAid Week. Your support will make a huge difference to the country's brightest sporting prospects!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REQUEST YOUR FUNDRAISING PACK FOR SPORTSAID WEEK 2020

What is SportsAid Week all about?

SportsAid helps around 1,000 athletes across more than 60 sports each year, the majority aged 12 to 18, by providing them with an average award of £1,000. SportsAid Week is a fundraising drive designed to support the next generation of athletes striving to represent Team GB and ParalympicsGB at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.        

All the money raised assists young sports stars with training and competition costs, including equipment, accommodation and transport, during the critical early stages of their careers. The initiative also acts as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on SportsAid and the work the charity does to provide athletes and their parents with support at the beginning of the talent pathway.

How do I get involved?

You can request a fundraising pack and take the first step towards getting involved in SportsAid Week! It really is up to you as to how you show your support - whether it's on your own or with friends, family and colleagues. You decide the size of your event - no matter how big or small, and see how much you can fundraise for the charity!

  • The #MyMiles Challenge (more below!)
  • Bake sales
  • Healthy eating challenges
  • Sports quizzes
  • Athlete demonstrations
  • Fancy dress days
  • Bucket collections
  • Prize draws and raffles

These are just a few ideas for fundraising activities which have proven to be particularly popular in previous years. Do you need more inspiration? A wide range of activity was undertaken across the country during SportsAid Week 2019 - make sure to check out last year's review to help form your plans for this September!

The #MyMiles Challenge is back!

The #MyMiles Challenge is back….and it’s bigger and better than ever! The idea was inspired by data from SportsAid’s athlete survey which revealed that talented young athletes cover around 40 miles in training every week. The Challenge is encouraging supporters to undertake physical activity throughout the whole of September.

The charity linked up with Race Nation in 2019 to provide an online platform to join the Challenge. You can choose your own distance, do a #MyMiles Marathon of 26.2 miles or reach 40 miles to match the athletes. Over 1,500 of the country’s brightest sporting prospects have been kept company so far with the current total sitting at 70,723 miles! 

Race Nation also allows you to set up a sponsorship page, via Sports Giving, if you would like to raise funds through the Challenge. We would encourage you to post your miles on social media and spread the word by making a nomination to continue the chain. The #MyMiles Challenge is growing year-on-year so why not join the movement in 2020?!

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How does fundraising help?

The money you raise during SportsAid Week will support athletes in many different ways - no matter how big or small the amount! They don't just feel the impact of SportsAid’s backing from a financial point of view - the award acts as a motivational boost and provides recognition as they look to progress towards their sporting ambitions.

SportsAid athletes benefit from a range of personal development opportunities enabling them to broaden their skillsets. Many receive expert advice through workshops which focus on areas such as nutrition, performance lifestyle management, sports psychology and telling your story through the media. They can also access mentoring through buddy schemes.

SportsAid has helped thousands of athletes during the critical early stages of their careers. The charity’s impressive track record was highlighted at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games where alumni won 150 medals. This included 46 of Team GB’s 67 medals (20 gold, 15 silver, 11 bronze) and 104 of ParalympicsGB’s 147 medals (44 gold, 28 silver and 32 bronze).

SportsAid Week ambassadors

Ellie Simmonds OBE

Laura Wright

Laviai and Lina Nielsen

Susannah Gill

Viddal Riley