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!
Blake Bowman believes being dropped from the Great Britain set-up was a ‘blessing in disguise’ and laid the foundations for his thrilling MVP season. Derby’s burgeoning basketball star was recently crowned MVP in the Elite Academy Basketball League after a stunning campaign for Derby Trailblazers, where he shot the second highest number of points in the league’s history. That success came under a year after being omitted from the GB youth set-up.
Skewen javelin star Bethany Moule was blown away by a massive personal best at the British Championships and hopes she can complete the set of Welsh records next year. The 18-year-old threw the pole 51.27 metres in the third round in Manchester to break the Welsh Under-20s record and win bronze, her maiden national medal. Bethany holds Under-15s, Under-17s and Under-20s records, and now has her sights set on the senior mark.
England Under-19s footballer Holly Manders is hoping her switch to Sunderland will pay off having opted to increase her chances of first-team action. Midfielder Holly previously plied her trade with FA Women’s Championship side Durham but dropped down a division to feature for the Black Cats in the 2020-21 season. The 19-year-old is hoping their youth-first mantra will pay off in the FA Women’s National League and gain them promotion from the second tier.
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