The Mayor believes that London is a breeding ground for the next generation of British sport stars. This SportsAid initiative provides emerging athletes – across all sports – with financial support, educational opportunities and mentoring prospects.
How it works
SportsAid provides grants to up-and-coming athletes aged between 12-20 years old. Athletes are selected once a year after being nominated by their relevant National Governing Body. Eligible athletes must be representing Great Britain but not be receiving any other funding.
SportsAid forges valued partnerships with corporate organisations, London borough councils and public bodies to determine how many athletes they can support, and the set of criteria that athletes are selected against.
This initiative helps young athletes to reach their full potential and offers occasions for recipients to act as role models in their communities. SportsAid is a sport for social integration initiative. It strives to provide opportunities that:
- address the under-representation of certain groups, such BAME athletes
- support athletes with disability
- help at least one athlete from every London borough
- include athletes from both summer and winter sports
- are gender inclusive
- support athletes from low-income families and those with evidence of need.