Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has praised the ‘often unrivalled dedication’ shown by talented young athletes and their families in a message celebrating this year’s SportsAid Week. In the message, The Duchess also highlighted ‘the supporters and partners of SportsAid’ for the role they have played in ensuring the athletes can pursue their ambitions. The Duchess became the Patron of SportsAid in 2013.
Financial awards distributed to talented young athletes this year through the ground-breaking Backing The Best programme surpassed £1 million. The initiative, overseen and delivered by SportsAid for Sport England, was launched in 2016 to level the playing field for up-and-coming sports stars who, without critical financial help, would face difficulties progressing through the talent identification system.