Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge became SportsAid's Patron in 2013. Her support is helping to shine a brighter light on the achievements and potential of the UK's most talented young athletes. She has spent time with many of the country's up-and-coming sports stars at the charity's training days and workshops. She has also met several of SportsAid's biggest supporters at fundraising events such as the SportsBall, while recognising the dedication and commitment shown by young athletes and their families through her backing of SportsAid Week.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge praised SportsAid for ensuring 'there is a strong pipeline of inspirational heroes' as she addressed guests at the charity's 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The Duchess said 'the brilliance of SportsAid is in really understanding just how much athletic competition gives to our country as a whole'.
SportsAid's 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner saw the Duchess meet a number of the charity's alumni and currently supported athletes at Kensington Palace. The special celebration acted as the perfect opportunity to reflect on the crucial role played by SportsAid over the last four decades as guests looked ahead to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
SportsAid athletes experienced a workshop and testing day at the GSK Human Performance Lab in London where they also had a chance to meet The Duchess. She gained a real insight into the testing undertaken by athletes as she watched them use the training facilities to assess strength, power, cognition and body composition at the world-class research centre.
The Duchess joined SportsAid at its annual SportsBall where she was able to talk to young athletes about their journeys into sport with the help of SportsAid. Amber Hill, a 16-year-old skeet shooter, was announced as the winner of the charity's prestigious One-to-Watch award by the Duchess at Supernova in Embankment Gardens.
SportsAid welcomed The Duchess to her first public engagement after the birth of Prince George - an athlete workshop at the Copper Box Arena. She was given an insight into the support provided by SportsAid as 50 young athletes led sports demonstrations before undertaking media, nutrition and mentoring sessions with Olympians and Paralympians.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid, has sent a message in support of this year's SportsAid Week. In the message, The Duchess praised the ‘commitment and dedication’ shown by the country’s brightest sporting prospects as she encouraged the public to ‘show their support for our next generation of athletes’. The Duchess became the Patron of SportsAid in 2013.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge praised SportsAid for ensuring 'there is a strong pipeline of inspirational heroes' as she addressed guests at the charity's 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The Duchess said 'the brilliance of SportsAid is in really understanding just how much athletic competition gives to our country as a whole'. She delivered the speech after talking to current and past recipients of SportsAid support.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will attend a special gala dinner hosted at Kensington Palace on Thursday 9 June in celebration of SportsAid's 40th anniversary year. Her Royal Highness, who has been Patron of the charity since 2013, will meet SportsAid supporters as well as ambassadors, alumni and young athletes set to compete in the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.