SportsAid Eastern supports aspiring athletes throughout the East of England. Every athlete is nominated to SportsAid by their sports' governing body and receives a helping hand from local businesses and lunch clubs. SportsAid also helps athletes in the eastern region.
SportsAid Eastern has its own charity number (1070957) and company registration (03574841). It is a separate charity to SportsAid. SportsAid Eastern has supported many of British sport's biggest names over recent years including Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and Paralympic champion Ellie Robinson.
Sally Peck OBE is SportsAid Eastern's Athlete Liaison Officer and Administrator. Please contact Sally directly for details on how to donate to SportsAid Eastern or any further information you require on the charity.
Here is the list of Trustees from SportsAid Eastern who volunteer their time towards supporting young athletes locally:
Adam works of Suffolk County Council managing the authorities work on increasing sport and physical activity within Suffolk. He has been involved with SportsAid Eastern since 2007 when, in his role as Suffolk Project Manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he led the authority’s efforts to raise additional funding to support the county’s aspiring sportsmen and women. He became a Trustee of SportsAid Eastern in 2012.
Adam is a partner and the Head of the Corporate Team at Taylor Vinters LLP - a law firm focused on working with innovative and entrepreneurial clients. The firm has offices in Cambridge, London and Singapore. Adam is a strong believer in the benefits of sport for all and has been actively involved with SportsAid in Cambridge since 2005 when he joined Taylor Vinters. He became a Trustee of the charity in 2017.
Melanie is a former competitive diver who now acts as Chair of the British Swimming Performance Management Board. She is also a European representative member of the FINA Technical Diving Committee. In 2010, she was asked to take on the role of Honorary Secretary for FINA High Diving following the integration of this disciple in to the World Federation. Melanie joined SportsAid Eastern as a Trustee in 2011.
Mark Ormerod (chair)
Mark’s professional career in sport started in 1989. Following the completion of his MSc he joined the research team at the Sports Council, now known as Sport England, holding a number of positions developing sporting opportunities for young people at national and regional level over 17 years. Mark joined Leap - the Bucks and MK County Sports Partnership - as Director in 2012 and became Chair of SportsAid Eastern in 2017.
Steve became a Trustee of SportsAid Eastern in 2015 having successfully operated the Bucks Sporting Lunch Club since 2011. A Digital Marketing Manager by trade and former sports graduate of Bucks New University, Steve was a Gamesmaker for the International Paralympic Committee during London 2012. He has worked at B P Collins for over a decade where he leads on implementing the firm's digital marketing and business development strategy.
Steve is a partner at Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants based in their Milton Keynes office. He is also a director of the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce with a clear focus on the Next Generation part of the Chamber, a school governor for a Northamptonshire secondary school and a Scout Leader. He regularly attends the Milton Keynes and Northampton SportsAid Lunches - the latter for over 10 years.
Jason is a Partner and Head of ED&I Strategy at QCL Associates LLP - a specialist management consultancy operating across global markets. He is also Relationship Director at Profile Resourcing - an inclusive practice recruitment partner business. Jason holds several Non-Executive Director posts at organisations such as Naturally Tribal Skincare, Arthur Ellis MHS and Worktree.org. He joined SportsAid Eastern as a trustee in 2019.
South Bucks Lunch Club
Cambridge Lunch Club
Milton Keynes Lunch Club
Northampton Lunch Club
Peterborough Lunch Club
St Albans Lunch Club
Bury St Edmunds Lunch Club
Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club
East Cambridgeshire Lunch Club
The third annual SportsAid Week saw another magnificent fundraising effort from the charity’s supporters generate over £55,000 to provide backing to the next generation of British sporting talent. The initiative has now raised close to £150,000 since it first took place in 2016 to mark the charity’s 40th anniversary. Next year’s dates have already been announced for 23-29 September as SportsAid Week.
SportsAid athletes had huge success at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with 139 medals – 40 gold, 54 silver and 45 bronze - won across 18 sports. The charity’s recipients contributed to 61% of the podium finishes delivered by the Home Nations during 11 days of world-class action. Swimming saw the best return for SportsAid athletes with 25 medals celebrated at the Optus Aquatic Centre.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games get underway today (4 April) with SportsAid recipients set to represent England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey. A total of 397 athletes who have received backing from the charity, including 31 current awardees, will be looking to bring home medals for their respective nations and territories as many of them compete at their first ever major championships.
England Under-19s footballer Georgia Eaton-Collins received a financial boost from the Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club after being presented with a SportsAid award by legendary goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Shilton, who was capped 125 times by England and made over 1,000 professional appearances, was guest of honour at the Lunch Club last month. The Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club was set up in January 2015 to raise money for SportsAid.