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!
You often hear athletes mention ‘the Team behind the Team’ in post-competition interviews as they give thanks for the wider support they receive on a day-to-day basis. This may typically refer to coaches, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts, family, friends….the list goes on and varies from athlete to athlete. So what does it take for Team Leaders and Chef de Missions to bring the whole operation together from top to bottom for a major Games? This time in the hotseat is Darren Chapple!
Acceptance and belonging have been the watchwords for Hetty Bartlett on her road to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The T38 sprinter has faced numerous challenges in her career and was only diagnosed with cerebral palsy four years ago. She had initially competed in the T20 classification but now feels she has finally found her place and is ready to flourish on her Team England debut.
Ali Jawad MBE and Kristian Thomas are the latest guests to join us on the SportsAid Vault Podcast! Episode three is themed ‘Home Games’ and sees Ali and Kristian talking about what this summer’s Commonwealth Games means to Birmingham, their excitement for the biggest multi-sport Games in the UK since Glasgow 2014, the significance of hosting such a huge spectacle after a challenging couple of years with the COVID-19 pandemic, and their reflections on London 2012.
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