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 - firstname.lastname@example.org / 02476 698904.
Live and train in England, Wales and Scotland
Be aged between 15 and 25 years old (no upper age limit 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 standards
- 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 from 1st January 2019 unless specifically stated otherwise and preference will be given to most recent results.
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.