BF invites ADP athletes to apply for SportsAid support for the year 2022-23
Athletes who have signed up for, and paid the annual subscription for the Athlete Development Programme for the 2022-23 season will be invited to apply for SportsAid Core awards or Backing the Best awards.
The invitation to apply will be emailed to all registered athletes on the ADP, with athletes encouraged to check their email inboxes, especially junk or spam inboxes. Athletes who have signed up for and paid the annual subscription for the ADP but have not received an email by Wednesday 2nd November 2022 should contact [email protected]
SportsAid is a charity that aims to support talented young athletes in England. It does this by nominating athletes for awards, which provide access to a variety of resources including webinars, workshops for parents and athletes, and access to resources to support their growth as athletes. In addition to this, there is the possibility of financial support, but this is not guaranteed.
There are two awards that athletes will be able to apply for, an athlete may apply for both, but can only be in receipt of one award. BF has a limited number that it can nominate to SportsAid. For 2022-23, that number is as follows:
Wheelchair fencing – 4
Non-disabled fencing – 8
Backing the Best Awards – 10
The differences in each award are detailed below, followed by the eligibility criteria:
The SportsAid Core award is funded through charitable donations, and in addition to the support detailed above, athletes have the potential for a financial award of up to £1,000. This is dependent on SportsAid’s ability to raise funding, and means that an athlete may receive all, part or none of that amount. However, they will be able to access the additional support that SportsAid offers, regardless of whether the athlete receives any financial support or not.
The Backing the Best Award is designed to provide assistance to the highest potential athletes who, due to financial constraints, may otherwise struggle to compete or train. In addition to the support detailed above, a Backing the Best award will come with financial support of up to £5,000. In order to ensure that support is going to those most in need, in addition to the eligibility criteria laid out below, Backing the Best applications will only be accepted from households that have a gross annual income of less than £55,000.
SportsAid awards are aimed at supporting athletes who have ambitions to compete at the highest level, representing Great Britain at Senior World Championship, Olympic or Paralympic level. With this in mind, an athlete should consider applying for a SportsAid award if they meet the following criteria –
For both of these awards, there are limited places available, this means that should more applications be received than there are spaces available, the following criteria will be used to prioritise athletes for support:
An athlete is considered eligible for a SportsAid award if they meet the following criteria:
Monday 31st October 2022 – Applications open for SportsAid Core or Backing the Best
Friday 11th November 2022, 17:00 – Deadline for applications
Week beginning Monday 28th November 2022 – Applicants informed if they are successful or unsuccessful
March 2023 – Financial support begins for successful applicants
Athletes who are not based in or representing England, should look at the athlete funding page of the ADP Zone, which details funding opportunities for athletes across all the Home Nations.
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