Recently we have seen funding cut for many sports, and up-and-coming athletes have found it increasingly difficult to pay for the costs associated with training and competition. Grassroots fundraising has become ever more vital in sport, and SportsAid Week returns later this year to raise funds for the nation’s most talented young athletes.
You can help our next generation of Olympians and Paralympians
Last year’s event raised over £40,000 for the next generation of British athletes, Olympians and Paralympians – and it is hoped SportsAid Week will now become an annual fixture as sport’s National Governing Bodies, schools, universities, commercial organisations and individuals raise funds and awareness to support the charity. You can make a genuine difference to the future of British sport by getting involved.
The difference you can make was underlined at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games when 150 medals (64 gold, 43 silver, 43 bronze) were won by previous beneficiaries of the charity’s help for Team GB and ParalympicsGB combined, including the likes of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Laura Trott, Sarah Storey, Richard Whitehead, Adam Peaty, Ellie Simmonds and Georgie Hermitage. They all need help when starting out and the help they did receive was vital in their formative years as athletes.
Having fun fundraising
SportsAid Week is all about having fun while fundraising. The initiative is accessible to anybody and everybody – it doesn’t matter how big or small your event is, any money you raise will help SportsAid assist up-and-coming athletes with training and competition costs. Equipment, accommodation and transport during the critical early stages of their careers all come at a cost. SportsAid supported over 1,100 athletes in 2016 across more than 60 sports. The average award received by each beneficiary is around £1,000, making a vital difference.
- £5 will help one of Britain’s best young athletes to get to their next training session
- £10 will help a disabled footballer to buy a new pair of shinpads
- £25 will help a young gymnast protect their wrists with a pair of supports
- £50 will help a young kayaker replace a damaged helmet
- £100 will help a young athlete go to a physio for rehabilitation from an injury
- £500 will help a young boxer to travel to their next major international competition
- £1,000 will provide a full year’s worth of support for a SportsAid athlete
Last year saw a variety of fundraising activities undertaken across the country, including sports quizzes, zumba classes, dressage demonstrations, walks, bake sales, fancy dress days, bucket collections, raffles and sponsored runs, triathlons and bike rides all taking place.
SportsAid Week takes place between 25th September and 1st October, and organisers will provide a special fundraising pack, including a guide containing a host of ideas, which you can request here.
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