SportsAid awards are generally given to athletes between the ages of 12-18 (or older for athletes with a disability) who compete in one of 75 sports, including 27 disability disciplines.

Young athletes, both able-bodied and those with a disability, are nominated to SportsAid for financial support by their sport’s own national governing body (NGB). This ensures the right athletes are helped at the right time, and in the right way.

The award is designed to help them with essential costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment – on which an athlete spends, on average, more than £5,000 a year.

To find out if you could qualify for a SportsAid award, contact your sport’s NGB.