SportsAid undertakes an athlete survey each year to help highlight and better understand the sacrifices made by the next generation of sports stars - and their families - as they look to pursue their ambitions.
SportsAid's annual athlete survey, delivered by Nunki Solutions, has been conducted since 2007. The questions cover a range of topics including biggest challenges, motivations and inspirations, targets for the future, the importance of SportsAid support and the cost implications of their sport. The most recent survey results were released in September 2018.
The survey was completed by 745 athletes with a near even gender split (51% male, 49% female). That’s a response rate of 69%. It’s the highest number of athletes that have responded to the survey in five years. 83% of respondents were non-disabled (618 athletes) and 17% disabled (127 athletes). 87% compete in an Olympic and Paralympic discipline.
The overall average spend for a SportsAid athlete has risen to £7,266. That’s a jump of £2,381 (over 32%) when compared to the first survey conducted in 2007/08 – underlining the importance of the charity’s support. It’s also an increase of £849 since last year.
Overall average spend per athlete
SportsAid athletes show incredible levels of commitment and determination as they strive to reach the top of their sport. They usually train during the evening but many have early morning sessions too. They travel great distances to be able to keep up with their sporting schedule – balancing this with an already hectic lifestyle.
SportsAid beneficiaries see their family, as well as witnessing the success of other athletes, as the main driving forces behind why they took up their sport. Their key motivation as to why they continue is the opportunity to compete internationally at the highest level – this next generation have ambition and aspirations. Many disabled athletes have been specifically inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
SportsAid athletes have felt the impact of the charity’s backing. The finance and recognition from SportsAid has given them a motivational boost while supporting them in reaching their targets. For many, it has enabled them to train and compete more often as they look to progress in their sporting careers.