thecentre:mk donates £1000 Sports Aid grant to talented athlete, presented at the Olympic ‘Torchlight Dinner’ at Stadium MK

Published: Sunday, 01 July, 2012

thecentre:mk donates £1000 Sports Aid grant to talented athlete, presented at the Olympic ‘Torchlight Dinner’ at Stadium MK

The sporting Summer of 2012 is celebrated on July 9 with the arrival of the Olympic torch at Milton Keynes and with it a sense of pride and passion for our local sporting achievements. In celebration of this, MK Sporting Lunch Club and Sports Aid will be holding an Olympic Torch Dinner on July 9 at the MK Dons Stadium; Stadium MK, hosted by famous athletes Sharron Davis MBE and Roger Dakin. The dinner will be attended by ex Olympic athletes, selected athletes that will be competing at the Olympic games in London this year and athletes with notable potential for future Olympics.

thecentre:mk are proud to donate £1000 to the Community Foundation which will assist an aspiring able bodied or disabled athlete with a grant to progress their training in order to potentially reach podium level. Five more grants will be funded by other sponsors and all six will be presented on the evening to SportsAid recipients.

The success of Sports Aid is very much proven; the 2008 Olympics in Beijing saw 18 of Britain’s 19 gold medals won in events that involved SportsAid athletes.  Awards are generally given to athletes between the ages of 12 and 18 (older for athletes with a disability) who compete in 75 sports, including 27 disability disciplines. Sports Aid awards help them with essential costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment. All athletes are nominated to SportsAid for financial support by their sport’s own national governing body (NGB). Sports Aid was set up in 1976 (previously named SportsAid Foundation) Over four decades, SportsAid has donated more than £30 million to the future of British sport. The present day shows 161 out of 226 paralympic athletes had Sports Aid awards and 219 out of 373 able bodied team members had awards* showing the magnitude of importance Sports Aid has within the sports industry.
 
Robert Hall, Centre Director of thecentre:mk comments “We are very proud of our British athletes and understand that it can be difficult financially to get the right equipment, training and competition fees to support their goals. We are delighted to be able to contribute towards their journey and wish them the very best in their journey to success.”