We distribute financial awards to athletes aged between 12-18 years old – and up to 25 years old for disabled athletes – that show the talent, potential and desire to reach the very pinnacle of their chosen sport. We prioritise our support to those athletes most in need, who typically reside in the most deprived areas in Northern England.
Research published by national charity SportsAid, shows that young athletes who manage to reach a regional/national level in their sport:
-Typically train for up to 15 hours a week on top of school or college commitments
-Travel over 600 miles a month to train and compete
-Spend more than £6,000 a year on their sport.
At this stage of an athlete’s career, individual sponsorship deals can be hard to find, so most rely entirely on their family for financial support. Staggeringly, the parents of talented young athletes in England committed approx. £7.5m in 2015 to support their talented children.
A Brocky’s Trust grant will help them to meet essential costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment. Without the support of our charity, a high number of athletes from disadvantaged areas would not be able to afford these essential costs, especially in today’s economic climate.
Talented athletes are supported by their National Governing Body (NGB) when applying to the programme to ensure that the right athletes are supported, at the right time in their young careers.