Sports Aid

Since 1976, SportsAid, the National charity for Sport, has helped aspiring British sportsmen and women when it matters most - at the very start of their journey towards becoming the next generation of sporting heroes.

SportsAid helps young, unfunded athletes to overcome one of their greatest barriers to success - the financial challenge of trying to become Britain’s next generation of Olympians, Paralympians and world champions. Support the next with SportsAid

The next generation

SportsAid athletes are the UK's brightest prospects from more than 60 sports. Typically age 12 to 18, they receive no other funding. This means they rely heavily on their parents for support. Not just financially but also for their transport, kit, nutrition and much, much more! 

The really amazing thing about this is that many are already representing Great Britain and if they can continue doing so, have the potential to go on and inspire the nation, as we saw so brilliantly during London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Without SportsAid, many of these athletes would face a hard choice over whether to continue training and competing. They already spend, on average, £6,000 a year on their sport and 100% of them say SportsAid's support is helpful or even essential.


Almost two-thirds of the British team at London 2012 were former – and in a few cases current – recipients of SportsAid’s support, winning 20 Olympic and 27 Paralympic gold medals between them. It was a similar story at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where more than 460 SportsAid athletes were in action.

Some of the best known former SportsAid recipients are

  • Sir Chris Hoy
  • David Weir CBE
  • Mo Farah CBE
  • Dame Sarah Storey
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE
  • Ellie Simmonds OBE
  • Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE
  • Sir Ben Ainslie
  • Jonnie Peacock MBE
  • Tom Daley
  • Ade Adepitan MBE
  • Sir Steve Redgrave
  • Paula Radcliffe MBE
  • Amir Khan
  • Luol Deng
  • Lizzie Yarnold



The charity's Patron is Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge

Sports Aid