SportsAid is delighted to confirm its Support The Next film has been shortlisted for the Charity Film Awards. The Awards, created to celebrate the success of film in fundraising, increase exposure and encourage donations for good causes, bases its categories on a charity's turnover for the latest financial year.
Nominations opened in October, and following a public vote, Support The Next has been shortlisted in a category which features films from Kick It Out, Jamie Oliver’s Food Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Aspire Spinal Cord Injury Charity, Children with Cancer UK’s Little Translators, Dementia UK and Street Child Games 2016.
Support The Next stars Olympic and Paralympic heroes Katherine Grainger, Tom Daley, Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds, Rebecca Adlington and Ade Adepitan, all of whom received support from SportsAid during the early stages of their careers, as they urge the British public to show their support for the country's future athletes.
Katherine, Tom, Sarah, Ellie, Rebecca and Ade feature in the film alongside nine young up-and-coming athletes supported by the charity. Support The Next highlights all the hard work which goes on behind the scenes of a young athlete’s career - early mornings, late nights, sacrifices made to train and compete, each and every day.
The film was launched to help mark SportsAid's 40th anniversary in 2016, as the country looked ahead to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, and to act as a springboard for Tokyo 2020 and beyond. During the Rio Games, SportsAid alumni won 150 medals, contributing 46 for Team GB and 104 for ParalympicsGB.
More than 480 videos were entered into the Charity Film Awards with close to 50,000 members of the public voting. The next stage sees the shortlisted films reviewed by a panel of expert judges, who will select the finalists for the Awards Ceremony at BAFTA to be held on 15 March 2017.