Support The Next

What does it take to become the next Olympic or Paralympic champion?

Olympic and Paralympic heroes Tom Daley, Katherine Grainger, Rebecca Adlington, Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds and Ade Adepitan are urging the British public to show their support for the country's future sports stars in SportsAid’s new Support The Next film. 

Tom, Katherine, Rebecca, Sarah, Ellie and Ade, who all received support from SportsAid during the critical early stages of their careers, feature in the film alongside nine of the 1200 athletes currently supported by the charity from across a range of different sports.  

Support The Next highlights all the hard work which goes on behind the scenes of a young athlete’s career - the early mornings, the late nights, the sacrifices made to train and compete, each and every day, as they look to become Britain’s heroes of tomorrow.

Next is....a 5am start, day after day. Next is....the courage to go on, again and again and again. Next is....finding the strength you never knew. Next is....nothing without you. But with your help - I'll be next. What will you do?

I Will

Support The Next follows SportsAid’s I Will film - launched back in 2012 to capture the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for young athletes across the country. Both films were directed by Morgan Hutchins and created by Hogarth and Founded.

I will give my life to it. I will push myself further every day. I will make your heart beat faster. I will bring a tear to your eye. I will make you proud. Thank you for believing in me.

What will you do?

SportsAid Week takes place from Monday 25 September to Sunday 1 October 2017 and is the perfect way to demonstrate your support for the next generation of British sports stars straight after the Rio Olympics and Paralympics. Find out more here.

There is also a wide range of other opportunities to get involved in SportsAid's work throughout this year and beyond. Here are a few ideas to get you going, whether it's on your own or with colleagues and friends....

  • Take on a sporting challenge to raise funds for SportsAid, e.g. enter a local run or bike ride OR take on a bigger challenge like a marathon or RideLondon. Join Team SportsAid and sign up to a challenge event. You can also ask your employer to match the funds you raise.
  • Organise a local event to raise funds to support a young athlete, e.g. a sponsored walk/jog/bike ride, a sports-themed fancy-dress competition, an Olympic breakfast. 
  • Encourage your local school(s) to choose SportsAid as a charity to raise funds for with a week of sports-themed activities; they could change the school menu, dress as sports people, write sports-reports ahead of Rio 2016, create a mascot for the school, walk/scoot/cycle to school etc.
  • Join together with some friends and attend a SportsAid event in 2017.
  • Organise a team fundraising challenge with friends and colleagues, e.g. a sports quiz, a treasure hunt, a cumulative milestone target (like ‘miles to Tokyo’ on exercise bikes or rowing machines), ‘eat like a champion’ changing your diet, or giving up booze – or something new that you can come up with.

DONATE TODAY or contact SportsAid on 020 7273 1975 or mail@sportsaid.org.uk to get involved.

Follow @TeamSportsAid on Twitter (#SupportTheNext), Facebook and Instagram to find out more. 

They will give everything.