SportsAid is very proud to have Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge as the charity’s Patron – a champion of future champions.
Her support for young and aspiring athletes through SportsAid stems from her own love of sport and a desire to help young people realise their full potential. It follows her role as official ambassador for Team GB and Paralympics GB during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and will help to give young sports people throughout the UK a brighter future.
Helping the sports stars of tomorrow today
SportsAid helps the sports stars of tomorrow today by giving them cash awards during the critical early years of their careers.
These athletes are typically aged 12 to 18 and are among our brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success.
These awards are funded by the charity's partners, donors and fundraisers and recognise the achievements of young British sportsmen and women who have big aspirations. They help talented athletes to train and compete so they can progress to the senior and/or international level. At this point many go on to become Olympians and Paralympians.
The right athletes at the right time
SportsAid ensures the right people get the right help at the right time by working with the governing bodies of 75 sporting disciplines – including winter, summer, Olympic, Paralympic and other sports.
Famous SportsAid athletes
Some of the best known and most successful British sportsmen and women have been helped by SportsAid, including:
- Sir Bradley Wiggins
- Sir Chris Hoy
- Sir Steve Redgrave
- Sir Ben Ainslie
- Sir Mo Farah
- Dame Kelly Holmes
- Dame Sarah Storey
- Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
- Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
- Rebecca Adlington OBE
- Ellie Simmonds OBE
- Greg Rutherford MBE
- David Weir CBE
- Tom Daley
At the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, almost two-thirds of the British team were recipients of SportsAid's support. These athletes won 20 Olympic and 27 Paralympic gold medals between them.
At the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 241 British athletes who received support from the charity won medals. Between them they won 58 gold medals, 101 silver medals and 82 bronze medals. In total SportsAid supported 467 athletes who competed at the Games, with 58 of them receiving their SportsAid Awards in 2014.
SportsAid athletes won 20 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze medals in Rio as Team GB delivered the country’s most successful Olympic Games in 108 years. SportsAid athletes won 44 gold, 28 silver and 32 bronze medals in Rio as ParalympicsGB had its most successful Games since Seoul 1988.
Gold Coast 2018
SportsAid athletes had huge success at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with 139 medals – 40 gold, 54 silver and 45 bronze - won across 18 sports. The charity’s recipients contributed to 61% of the podium finishes delivered by the Home Nations.