SportsAid announces details of a very special SportsBall

18 September, 2013

With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, this month SportsAid is previewing some of the special plans it has for the SportsBallTM 2013 on November 28 when a new London venue will see the launch of a winter sports showcase based on the charity’s inspirational I Will campaign.

After the phenomenal success of last year’s I will be next film premiere, this year the campaign will be extended to include three exceptional young athletes from the worlds of skiing, speed skating and skeleton who are real contenders for future success.

“I just wanted to say that I thought the SportsBall was brilliant,” said Baroness Grey-Thompson after last year’s event. “Leon Taylor was superb on stage and I cried, both times, at the I will be next video. Well done!”


Get involved

Were you at the SportsBallTM last year? Or in years before? Share your memories on Facebook or by sending a Tweet to @TeamSportsAid tagged #SportsBall.

The photos below show some of SportsAid's favourite moments.

Will you be at the SportsBallTM this year? Spread the word by sending a Tweet tagged #iwillbeattheSportsBall.

The SportsBallTM 2013 is sponsored by Eversheds and London Clubs International with additional support from Tiffany & Co. and Laurent-Perrier. Book your table online today and receive a free case of Laurent-Perrier champagne*.


Meet your Olympic and Paralympic heroes

Baroness Grey-Thompson is one of a group of more than twenty British Olympians and Paralympians who have already confirmed that they will be attending this year’s SportsBallTM. Others are London 2012 gold medallists Anna Watkins, Natasha Baker and Tim Baillie who will be there alongside a host of other British sporting legends including Sharron Davies, Derek Redmond, Steve Backley and Roger Black. 

More of British sport's biggest names will be confirmed in due course.

“What SportsAid does is wonderful for the youth of this country and gives them the support to go out and achieve anything they want,” said former world-number-one squash player Peter Nicol MBE after receiving the SportsAid Legend award at the SportsBallTM in 2009. “It is always extraordinary to see how many successful professionals have had support from SportsAid in their careers.”


Support the next generation

Hotly anticipated ahead of every SportsBallTM is the shortlist for the charity’s coveted One-to-Watch award which goes to the most exciting and committed young athlete SportsAid has supported over the past 12 months.

In 2006 the award went to a young diver called Tom Daley and on the shortlist last year was slopestyle skier James Woods from Sheffield who is now widely tipped as one of Team GB’s greatest medal hopes for next year’s Winter Olympics in Russia.

“It would be a dream come true to come away with gold at Sochi,” Woods told SportsAid. “Thanks to everyone who has and still is supporting me so much, I endeavour to do you and my country proud for years to come.”

Be the first to know who wins the 2013 One-to-Watch Award by joining SportsAid and its supporters at the SportsBallTM in London on November 28.

Book your table online today and receive a free case of Laurent-Perrier champagne*.


Incredible sporting experiences

As well as having the opportunity to meet some of the talented young athletes who are supported by SportsAid - and have a go at some of their sports - this year’s SportsBallTMalso offers some truly unique sporting items and experiences in the auction, including:

  • A PAIR of yellow jerseys from the 2012 and 2013 Tour de France signed by race winners Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the first and second British riders to win the event – who did so in the 99th and 100th years of its history.
  • A diving lesson with Olympic silver medallist and Splash! judge Leon Taylor for you and a group of friends or colleagues in London’s stunning Olympic aquatics centre
  • A once-in-a-lifetime track-cycling session for you and a group of friends or colleagues in the peerless London Olympic velodrome.

Share your memories of the SportsBallTM

What is your best memory of the SportsBallTM? Share it on Facebook or Twitter (using the hashtag #SportsBall) today. Would it be… 

...Louis Smith performing live on stage in 2010? 


...Bradley Wiggins receiving the SportsAid Legend award in 2008?


...The opportunity to hold both the 1948 AND 2012 London Olympic torches in 2011?


...The most talented group of raffle-prize drawers ever assembled in 2009?


...Matthew Pinsent speaking about SportsAid’s impact on his career in 2007?


...The launch of the I Will campaign last year after ‘next generation’ athletes Adele Tracey and Desiree Henry took to the stage? 


(NB * This is a limited offer made on a first-come-first-served basis that is only available to over-18s.)