Sports Aid (of interest principally to National Talent Squad)
Introduction to SportsAid funding
Since 1997, SportsAid has focused on giving awards to youngsters aged 12 to 18, from around 50 able-bodied and 25 disability sports. Nominees for SportsAid Awards must be aged 12 to 18 years and are identified and nominated by their National Governing Body.
These athletes compete in national squads and the SportsAid Awards, generally worth around £1,000, help with costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment.
SportsAid is also responsible for the Government backed Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), helping talented sports people balance academic life and performance sport.
Since 1976, SportsAid has distributed around £30 million and now gives 3,000 awards per year.
SportsAid and British Wrestling
In relation to British Wrestling, these nominations are drawn from the National Talent Squad (NTS).
The NTS is made up of individuals jointly selected by the English and Scottish Development Coaches, who together lead the NTS. The process evolves around the identification of talent from results in major domestic competitions.
It must be appreciated that not all NTS members can receive an award. Individuals are put forward for award on the basis of their perceived qualities to perform well in international competition and attendance at squad sessions.