SportsAid Cymru Wales has supported many of the nation's most successful athletes of all time since being founded in 1985. Colin Jackson CBE, Geraint Thomas OBE, Nicola Cooke MBE, David Roberts CBE and Hannah Mills MBE are just a few of these stars who benefited from the support of SportsAid Scotland when starting out on their sporting journeys.
SportsAid Cymru Wales is the successor organisation to two formerly separate, but closely linked, charitable bodies, the Welsh Sports Aid Trust and Welsh Sports Aid Foundation. SportsAid Cymru Wales has distributed nearly £1.5 million in awards across close to 30 different sports. Rt Hon Kim Howells is the President of SportsAid Cymru Wales.
SportsAid Cymru Wales has its own charity number (1135438) and company number (07008455), working closely with the governing bodies in each sport, as well as Sport Wales. It is thanks to the ongoing generosity of organisations and individuals that the charity has maintained its proud record of assistance to the next generation for over three decades.
Here is the list of Trustees from SportsAid Cymru Wales who volunteer their time towards supporting young athletes locally:
Kim Howells (President)
Ron Jones MBE (Executive Director)
Mark Oliver (Chairman)
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.