The #MyMiles challenge made its mark throughout SportsAid Week as social media users showed their support for the next generation of British sports stars by keeping them company as they trained and competed. A grand total of 5,741 miles were covered by SportsAid supporters, all under their own steam, as they combined with young athletes to shine a spotlight on the dedication and commitment shown by the country’s brightest prospects.
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.
SportsAid can reveal that the overall average spend on sport annually for young talented athletes has risen by more than £1,500 across the last decade. The results come from the charity’s 10th annual athlete survey and show that it cost £6,417 for each of Great Britain’s finest prospects to fund themselves during 2016/17. That’s a total commitment of over £7 million for the 1,106 athletes supported by SportsAid over the year.