We are proud that SportsAid is our official charity partner for the 2016 SSE Women's Invitational.
SportsAid is celebrating 40 years of helping the next generation of British Olympians and Paralympians in 2016. Since 1976, SportsAid has provided young talented athletes with financial support and greater recognition during the critical early stages of their careers. The athletes typically supported by the charity are aged 12 to 18 and among the country’s brightest prospects for sporting success.
Over the last four decades, SportsAid has supported British sporting household names including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Steve Redgrave, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Tom Daley, Sarah Storey, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Amir Khan, Luol Deng, Paula Radcliffe, Ellie Simmonds, Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Luke Donald, Katherine Grainger, Ade Adepitan, Rebecca Adlington, Dina Asher-Smith, Laura Trott and Max Whitlock.
SportsAid has a strong track record of supporting the right athletes at the right time. Almost two-thirds of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were former recipients of SportsAid's support, winning 20 of Team GB's 29 gold medals and 27 of ParalympicsGB's 34 gold medals. More than 450 of the athletes competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were previously supported by SportsAid, with 241 of them winning medals.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is SportsAid’s Patron. Her support for young and aspiring athletes stems from her love of sport and a desire to help young people realise their full support. She has spent time with many athletes who have been supported by SportsAid at the charity's training days and workshops. She is helping the charity to take its message further than was ever possible before.