SportsAid & TASS

SportsAid Framework 2016 - 2017


SportsAid is a charity that financially supports young talented athletes to help them to achieve sporting success. Within the sport of equestrian, SportsAid has supported both able bodied and para-equestrian riders prior to Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Proof of SportsAid’s hugely impressive track record came during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Two-thirds of the athletes across the British teams were former beneficiaries of SportsAid support with 46 of Team GB’s 67 medals (20 gold, 15 silver, 11 bronze) and 104 of ParalympicsGB’s 147 medals (44 gold, 28 silver and 32 bronze) won by the charity’s alumni.

SportsAid awards usually vary between £500 and £1000 and athletes spend their grant on competition entries, travel costs, training and specialist sport science support (e.g. veterinary, farriery, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning).  The award is based on an NGB’s recommendation of an athlete’s potential to progress through the talent pathway and nominees are submitted by the British Equestrian Federation through consultation with the Member Bodies’ and their representatives. The nominated athlete is then asked to complete an online application form and the information that is provided is used to approach partners who provide funding for awards for SportsAid

If you would like further information about SportsAid please contact Georgie Wheeler - georgie.wheeler@bef.co.uk / 02476 698904. 

2017-18 SportsAid Awards

  • Live and train in England, Wales and Scotland
  • Be aged between 15 and 25 years old (30 for Para Equestrian Dressage)
  • Not be in receipt of any other funding which involves a cash or APA element such as Lottery Funding
  • Reach minimum performance criteria listed below

Please note:

- A rider’s age will be calculated in accordance with FEI rules i.e. the age of the rider on their birthday in the calendar year is treated as their age for the entire year.
Competition results must have been obtained between 1st October 2016 and 1st October 2017 (inclusive) unless specifically stated otherwise and preference will be given to most recent results.

DRESSAGE
15 years                                                       
  • Achieving at Med (or above) on horses, final scores of 68% or above at a minimum of 3 competitions and one score at Medium Silver/Gold (or above) of 66% at Premier Leagues, Regional Championships or BD National Championships. Horse/Rider combination must show potential to progress to Advanced Medium level

16 – 18 years

  • Minimum of two final scores at 67% at Advanced Medium Silver/Gold and above (including FEI Junior Team and Individual Tests) at Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships
  • Minimum of two final scores at 66% at FEI Junior Team and Individual Tests in CDI/CDIJ
  • Top 12 placing individually in the Team or Individual Test at Junior European Championships in 2017
19 – 21 years
  • Combinations will be competing consistently and achieving a minimum of two final scores of 67% or above at PSG/Inter 1 (incl. YR Team and Individual tests) achieved at Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships
  • Minimum of two final scores at 66% at PSG level and above (including FEI Young Rider Team and Individual Tests) in CDI/CDIJ
  • Top 12 placing individually in the Team or Individual Test at Young Rider European Championships in 2017
22 – 25 years
  • Combinations will be competing consistently and achieved a minimum of two final scores of 68% or above at Inter. 1 level or above achieved at Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships
  • Minimum of two final scores at 67% at Inter. 1 level and above at a CDI ***
  • A minimum of 2 final scores of 65% or above at either Premier League U25 Grand Prix, Premier League Inter. 2 level or U25 CDI

PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE

15 – 18 years                  

  • To have two scores of 65% or above in their relevant grade at BD Para Dressage Competitions or have scored 66% or above at the RDA National Championships in 2017
19 – 24 years
  • Minimum of two final scores in their relevant grade at 65% or above in Silver or Gold classes in BD Para Equestrian Dressage competitions (including Home International) AND one score of 64% or above in their relevant Grade at a BD Para Equestrian Dressage Silver Championship or CPEDI 2
25 – 30 years                                                                
  • Minimum of two final scores in their relevant grade at 66% or above in the Team or Individual Test classes in BD Para Equestrian Dressage competitions (including Home International) or 66% or above in BD Para Equestrian Dressage Silver Championship AND one score of 64% or above in their relevant Grade at a BD Para Equestrian Dressage Gold Championship or Team or Individual Test at CPEDI 2* /CPEDI 3*

EVENTING
15 years      

NB: Consideration will be given to riders who have only achieved the level of Pony Results listed below who also have competition results on a horse in the same time frame at BE 100 level or above.   

  • Selected for GBR Pony European Team
  • Brand Hall 1* Pony championship – top 10% of starters
  • Top 20% placing CCI* on a horse
  • Top 20% placing U18 Regional Team Championships
  • Top 20% placing in National Under 18 Championship
16 – 18 years
  • Finish In the top 15% of the total number of starters in a CCI*
  • Finish In the top 10% of the total number of starters in the National U18 Championships
  • Top 15 placing individually at the Junior European Championships
  • Counting score of a medal winning GBR Junior European Team
19 – 21 years
  • Top 15% placing in the National Under 21 Championships
  • Top 20% placing of the total number of starters at a Senior CCI**
  • Counting Score for GBR Young Rider European Team
  • Top 15 placing individually at the Young Rider European Championships
  • Clear round XC meeting Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) at a CCI***/CIC***
22 – 25 years                   
  • Top 10% placing of the total number of starters in a Senior CCI 2*
  • Top 25% placing of the total number of starters in a CIC3*
  • Top 30% placing of the total number of starters in a CCI3*
  • Top 30% placing of the total number of starters at Bramham U 25 Championships
  • Clear round XC meeting Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) at a CCI****

SHOWJUMPING
15 years
  • To have jumped two double clear on a horse at 1.30m or above
  • Minimum of 4 double clear rounds on a horse at 1.25m competitions
  • A clear in any round of Children on Horses CSIOCh Nations Cup, Grand Prix or European Championship
16 – 18 years   
  • Minimum of 2 first round clear rounds over a minimum 1.40m track or above at first round jump-off competitions
  • Minimum of 4 double clear rounds at 1.35m competitions
  • Counting score in any round of a medal winning GBR Junior European Team
  • Top 15 individual placing at the Junior European Championships
  • A clear round in any round of a Junior CSIOJ Nations Cup, Grand Prix or European Championship
19 – 21 years
  • Minimum of 2 first round clear rounds in 1.45m or above at first round jump-off competitions
  • Minimum of 4 double clear rounds at 1.40m competitions
  • Counting score in any round of a medal winning GBR Young Rider European Team
  • Top 15 individual placing at the Young Rider European Championships
  • A clear round in any round of a Young Riders CSIOY Nations Cup, Grand Prix or European Championship
22 – 25 years  
  • Minimum of 2 first round clear rounds over 1.50m at first round jump-off competitions
  • Score of 8 faults or less in any round of a 3* Nations’ Cup competition
  • Minimum of 4 double clear rounds at 1.45m competitions


TASS Scholarships

Due to a change in funding priorities by Sport England, this programme is not offered for Equestrian Sport. If this programme is offered again in the future, information will be available on this webpage.

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