SportsAid helps the most promising young British athletes by providing them with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities during the critical early stages of their careers.
SportsAid has outlined its approach towards the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The charity has a Business Continuity Plan and all staff are now working from home for the foreseeable future. The team remains contactable and the main phone line has been redirected.
Financial barriers pose the main challenge for SportsAid athletes. They receive no funding, other than that from the charity, which means they rely heavily on their parents to cover their training and competition costs. One-off and regular donations can make a real difference.
From the moment he first watched a Games as an intrigued and enthusiastic seven-year-old, Steve Backley made it his destiny to become an Olympian. Here, in the first of a two-part feature, the javelin legend reflects on his achievements at junior level - including being team captain at Universiade, dealing with the weight of expectation at such a young age, and making the step up to the senior stage so quickly.
SportsAid is aiming to shine a spotlight on the next generation of household names across Great Britain….your local heroes! Our blog series, entitled ‘Inside My World’, will look to offer you an insight into the lives of the country’s most talented young athletes while also offering them the platform to express themselves to a wider audience. This time....it's AbdAllah Eissa, 14, from Warwick in Warwickshire.
Judo star Nekoda Smythe-Davis is using her time away from the mat to reflect and have honest conversations as she plots her path towards the Tokyo Olympics next summer. Walsall-based Nekoda is waiting for the green light to signal the return of her sport, with judo still weeks away from resuming given the physical and close-quarter nature of competition. And the 27-year-old feels the lay-off has presented the perfect opportunity to come back stronger.
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
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