We are helping the country’s most talented young athletes to fulfil their potential with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities. They are local heroes, living on your doorstep, with inspirational stories of dedication, commitment and sacrifice!
The athletes we support will spend over £7,000 each year in meeting the costs of their sport with their family. Without the charity's backing, many of these young prospects would face a tough decision on whether to continue training and competing. You can help them on their journey!
Sir Steve Redgrave's steeliness helped him combat ‘genetic disadvantages’ and become a Team GB immortal – and Elstow rowing ace George Reed wants to follow in his footsteps. Bedfordshire’s George, 19, knows exactly what made the five-time Olympic gold medallist so special. At just over six foot four inches, Steve was shorter than most other Olympic rowers but used technical proficiency – and a rock-solid resilience – to soar to the top of the podium.
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is supporting 50 of the most talented young British athletes through SportsAid for the eighth consecutive year. RBC, one of the largest banks in the world and a partner of the charity since 2014, provides the next generation of sports stars with financial assistance, recognition and personal development opportunities to help them fulfil their potential. The athletes being supported by RBC in 2021 stretch across 32 sporting disciplines.
Jason Kenny watching Georgia Holt break down on the Manchester velodrome rollers first started the Melton Mowbray star’s British Cycling journey. But now ‘comeback queen’ Georgia is relishing absorbing the six-time Olympic champion’s ‘poetic’ insight and wants to follow in his glittering Games footsteps. Georgia, who is studying at Manchester Metropolitan University, now trains alongside the Team GB great but will never forget her first experience of meeting him.
With the help of SportsAid, I did my thing. I didn’t come from a wealthy family, and there were times when I thought ‘I need a job’ but I stuck to my swimming. Thankfully it did pay off. It's about gambling and making sacrifices. I put a high risk in myself and invested the time in what was going to make the difference to my swimming.
Adam PeatyOlympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medallist