Sport England funded sports charity, SportsAid, has welcomed Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge as its new patron.
Welcoming the news, SportsAid chief executive, Tim Lawler, said: “This is fantastic news for young sports people throughout the UK and especially for those who hope one day to represent the country at the highest level of their sport.
“I can think of no greater endorsement of SportsAid than for me to be able to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge as the charity’s patron. As a champion of future champions she will make a big difference to young athletes, helping them to tell their inspirational stories and maintain the support they need.”
St James’s Palace said: “The patronages of SportsAid (and Places2Be) reflect Her Royal Highness’s personal interests in supporting children and young people to build their skills, confidence and aspirations.”
With £650,000 of funding over two years from Sport England to support their work, SportsAid helps the sports stars of tomorrow by giving them cash awards during the critical early years of their careers, so they can train and compete.
Sport England chief executive, Jennie Price, said: “This is wonderful news for SportsAid and all the aspiring young sports stars they help. To have such a remarkable patron as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is testament to the great work of one of our key partners and will further enhance the impact a SportsAid award has on a young athlete’s career.”
SportsAid helps talented athletes from the age of 12 who compete in more than 70 sporting disciplines, the majority of which are contested at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. These athletes are nominated to the charity by their sport’s governing body, with past alumni including Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Rebecca Adlington OBE, Ellie Simmonds OBE, Tom Daley, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Jessica Ennis CBE and David Weir CBE.