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.
Roger Fennemore MBE is the Director of SportsAid Eastern and works closely with Sally Peck OBE, the charity's Athlete Liaison Officer and Administrator, across the region. 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.
Tim is a Chartered Accountant with many years of advising businesses, charities and other not-for-profit organisations. His representative honours in the sporting arena finished almost as soon as they started at schoolboy level but he is an accomplished scrum half, expert leg spin bowler and adviser to most of British sport from the comfort of his armchair. He has a passion for sport and for the encouragement of youth participation.
Noel is a qualified accountant; following an international career he now works as an advisor and mentor to SME's. His involvement with SportsAid Eastern dates from 1999, when he was involved in relaunching SportsAid in the region. During this period he has acted in voluntary, business development and Trustee positions. A sports enthusiast, other charity roles included being Trustee and Chair of Huntingdon Gymnastics Club for six years.
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.
John Willmott has been a Trustee of SportsAid Eastern since 2011. John’s background is in construction and he was the Stadium Director for the 1986 Men's Hockey World Cup. He also helped the Great Britain hockey team win gold at the Seoul 1988 Olympics when working for the British Olympic Association. Other roles include being the Chair of Governors at Swanbourne House School and President of Southgate Hockey Club.
South Bucks Lunch Club
Simon Shaw - 10 May
Cambridge Lunch Club
Alan Kennedy - 7 June
Leon Lloyd - 13 September
Ama Agbeze - 13 December
Alan Kennedy - 3 May
Milton Keynes Lunch Club
Leon Lloyd - 17 May
Matthew Hoggard - 4 October
Greg Rutherford - 6 December
Northampton Lunch Club
Leon Lloyd - 26 April
Matthew Hoggard - 26 July
Anna Hemmings - 20 September
John Beresford - 29 November
Peterborough Lunch Club
Derek Redmond - 12 July
St Albans Lunch Club
Perri Shakes-Drayton - 10 May
Bury St Edmunds Lunch Club
Jess Varnish - 18 October
Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club
Charlotte Edwards - September
East Cambridgeshire Lunch Club
Graham Price - 3 May
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.