SSE has been a partner of SportsAid since 2013 and is working with SportsAid to help young athletes achieve their ambitions.

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I think it's great that SSE are getting behind future champions and creating a genuine relationship, following their journey, and taking pride in seeing all these young athletes develop right through to 2018, 2020 and beyond.

Sir Chris Hoy
SportsAid alumnus

SSE’s partnership with SportsAid began in 2013 to create a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. SSE created its Next Generation programme, run in conjunction with SportsAid, to help provide young disabled and non-disabled athletes across the UK with financial support and recognition. All of these athletes have the potential to compete at a future Commonwealth, Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Initially, SSE supported 12 athletes in 2013 before the Next Generation programme grew to 50 awardees in 2014. A number of the programme’s alumni have gone on to achieve international success with cyclist Katie Archibald, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in the women’s team pursuit, and Paralympic silver medallists Tom Hamer, Scott Quin and Alison Patrick, all previous beneficiaries. 

A lasting legacy for sport

As one of the UK’s leading energy companies and a major sponsor of British and Irish sport, SSE offers every athlete on the SSE Next Generation programme a superb package of support – including vital funding, expert mentoring, additional skills such as media training, and a range of amazing experiences – in a bid to help them fulfil their full sporting potential and create a lasting, living legacy for sport.

This legacy investment also includes the benefit of having exceptional athletes and former athletes on board to act as mentors. Double Paralympic champion Libby Clegg, Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor, former England international rugby player David Flatman, Scottish rugby legend Chris Paterson and record-breaking long distance British cyclist Mark Beaumont have all previously provided support.

Latest news

SSE announces Next Generation programme’s athlete intake for 2017
12 Apr 2017

SSE has announced the 50 young talented athletes receiving financial support and recognition through its Next Generation programme in 2017. The athletes, aged between 14 and 20 years old, are spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme was launched in 2013 with the aim of creating a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Featured fundraiser – It’s round two for Sarah Ottery as she gets set to take on the London Marathon again!
28 Jan 2017

Every year, thousands and thousands of runners shed blood, sweat and tears as they look to complete the London Marathon. The race can act as a life-changing experience for many, especially those fundraising for charity, as they push hard to generate sponsorship money while growing an even greater affinity for the cause they represent. That is very much the case for Team SportsAid runner Sarah Ottery.

SportsAid’s Athlete of the Month – Holly Newall, 18, from Mauchline
30 Nov 2016

Badminton star Holly Newall says 2016 has been the best season of her career so far, after making her senior international debut this month. Holly, 18, was part of the Scotland team during qualification for the European Mixed Team Championships in Slovenia, winning two of her three matches as they fell just short of reaching next year’s finals.



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  • Set up SSE Next Generation programme to establish a legacy from Glasgow 2014
  • Programme now supports 50 athletes a year
  • Provides workshops with ongoing mentoring from Olympic and Paralympic athletes
  • SSE staff get involved by fundraising for SportsAid and meeting young athletes