SportsAid has today announced a new partnership with University of Surrey’s Surrey Sports Park that will see the elite training venue in Guildford hosting a number of events to support young athletes through the charity.
One of the first will be a networking event in September called Surrey Talks Sport at which SportsAid will be the official charity partner.
The proceeds from this and other sport-themed events at Surrey Sports Park will go towards helping local athletes who have been nominated to SportsAid by their sport’s governing body. The funds will help them meet the essential day-to-day costs of training and competing. On average these costs are more than £6,000 a year for the typical SportsAid athlete and represent their single greatest barrier to success.
“We’re delighted to be working with SportsAid,” said Jonathan Acott, Head of Operations at Surrey Sports Park. “The charity has had a huge impact on British sport over the years and it’s great to be helping the next generation to continue that success.”
The new partnership will also give SportsAid the opportunity to bring some of its own events to Surrey Sports Park, such as its athlete workshops and training days which attract some of the nation’s brightest prospects from a wide range of sports.
“Surrey Sports Park is a superb venue and we’re excited to see more of our athletes down there in future,” said SportsAid’s chief executive Tim Lawler. “It could also become a significant new source of fundraising for us and will be the ideal place to share our message about why young people need our help to succeed in sport.”