SportsAid Week is returning in 2017! The initiative generated over £40,000 in 2016 to help the next generation of British athletes heading towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond. SportsAid Week will now become an annual fixture as Olympians, Paralympians, up-and-coming athletes, sport's National Governing Bodies, schools, universities, commercial organisations and individuals raise funds and awareness to support the charity. You can make a real difference to the future of British sport by getting involved!REQUEST YOUR FREE SPORTSAID WEEK FUNDRAISING PACK
SportsAid Week is all about fun and fundraising to support the country's finest young talented athletes. The initiative is accessible to everybody - it doesn't matter how big or small your event is, any money you raise will help SportsAid assist up-and-coming athletes with certain training and competition costs, such as equipment, accommodation and transport, during the critical early stages of their careers. SportsAid has supported over 1,100 athletes in 2016 across more than 60 sports. The average award they receive is £1,000.
It's up to you! A wide range of fundraising activity was undertaken across the country for SportsAid Week in 2016 with sports quizzes, mass zumba classes, dressage demonstrations, lunchtime walks, bake sales, fancy dress days, bucket collections, raffles and sponsored triathlons, bike rides, rows and runs all taking place and more. Need more inspiration? There will be a special fundraising guide produced soon containing lots of great ideas - you can place your request today so you receive all the information you need once it's ready.
SportsAid has played a vital role in the success of British sport since 1976. This was further re-affirmed at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games when 150 medals (64 gold, 43 silver, 43 bronze) were won by previous beneficiaries of the charity's help for Team GB and ParalympicsGB combined. Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Laura Trott, Sarah Storey, Richard Whitehead, Adam Peaty, Ellie Simmonds and Georgie Hermitage are just a small group of SportsAid alumni that needed support from the charity when they were starting out.
The money raised during SportsAid Week helps the 1,100 athletes supported by the charity in many different ways. The SportsAid award they receive can fund several equipment purchases throughout the year or a major one-off cost such as covering a trip to warm-weather training or an international competition. Athletes don't just feel the impact of SportsAid's support financially - they see the award as a motivational boost and a recognition of their talent as they look to progress up the talent pathway. The funds you raise will make a big difference.
“SportsAid support was essential for me. Between being a parent and trying to juggle the bills, and just being able to afford to put petrol in the car, it would’ve been a struggle. They were crucial for me and hopefully the money I received to give me a boost, can go to someone else and give them a boost too. SportsAid is all about bringing through new talent, and supporting it before the major funding comes in. And every little bit really does help.”
“SportsAid’s support has been amazing. Taekwondo can be quite an expensive sport, because a lot of the competitions are abroad, so SportsAid’s funding helps me with competitions, fees, kit and training camps – it helps with absolutely everything. I don’t think I would be the athlete I am today without their help. It’s fantastic that they pour so much support into young athletes like myself because we are the next generation."