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SportsAid

SportsAid & Backing the Best Awards 2020/21

Purpose

SportsAid offers financial support to talented young sports people at the start of their careers and during times of financial hardship.

Competing at national and international level means huge personal expense for young athletes and their families and SportsAid aims to help support players and parents through this.

Every year Badminton England nominates young badminton players to receive, on average, a financial contribution of around £1,000, which can be used for essential costs such as training, equipment, competition costs and travel.

For 2020-21, the quota of nominations Badminton England has been provided by SportsAid as determined by the National Awards Committee, is 16 nominations, which is a reduction on the previous year, which is part of a reduction by SportsAid across all supported sports due to the impact of Covid-19 on the charity sector.

SportsAid has been supporting aspiring athletes since 1976 and has funded past badminton stars such as Gail Emms, Nathan Robertson and Rajiv Ouseph.


SportsAid Award

Eligibility Criteria for Nominees:

To be eligible to be nominated by Badminton England for a standard SportsAid Award you will have met the following SportsAid criteria:

  • Nominees must be British talented sporting competitors, primarily living and training in the UK. They must have a British passport and/or be able to compete for Great Britain.  Athletes should be within the sports defined England Talent Pathway
  • Nominees should be in some form of structured education (some flexibility may apply)
  • Priority given to athletes aged between 12 and 18 years of age
  • Nominees must be deemed as talented by their NGB, typically they will be one or both of the following; highly ranked in their age group rankings nationally, a member of a GB/National age group team or squad

Additional to the above, you will also have met the following sport specific criteria as agreed with SportsAid and in line with the above:

  • A current Progress/Engage Junior Pathway Athlete during 2020 or has met criteria during 2020 for invite onto Pathway in January 2021

In addition to the above, the athlete must have met one of the following;

  • Been selected for an England representative Event during 2020 or;
  • Won a Badminton England identified International tournament during 2020 (U15, U17, U19)

N.B An athlete nominated for SportsAid cannot be in receipt of a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Award so those already nominated for TASS in 2020 cannot now be additionally nominated for SportsAid.

Application/Nomination Process

There is not a direct application process as athletes are nominated automatically by Badminton England based on the applicable sport criteria, with SportsAid then directly contacting those nominated athletes to request completion of an online nomination form.  Badminton England are finalising their nominations and those nominated will receive emails from SportsAid soon.

The deadline for athletes to complete their online nomination is 21 December 2020, with any successful athlete awards being provided to athletes between March and June of the following year.  N.B nomination to SportsAid is not a guarantee of a funding Award. 

N.B Please note that a submission to Badminton England does not guarantee a nomination to SportsAid and additionally that a nomination to SportsAid does not guarantee an Award will be found as the above criteria will identify marginally more athletes than the maximum number of Awards SportsAid have allocated to us as a sport.  Additionally, please be aware that there is the likelihood that all 16 Awards will not be funded due to funding not being able to be found as a consequence of the current financial situation. 

If you would like to find out more, please visit the SportsAid website for further information. 

Backing the Best Award

Backing the Best (BTB) Awards were launched by Sport England and SportsAid in 2015 following provision of National Lottery funding, with the aim of making England talent pathways more inclusive.  The Award aims to support talented athletes who also experience financial hardship – this can be through one-off or longer-term bursary awards based on athlete circumstance.  Further information on this initiative can be found on the SportsAid website (link above).

In order for a player to be nominated by Badminton England for an Award, the player should meet the below criteria and the nomination to Badminton England must come via the player’s Coach;

Eligibility Criteria for Nominees:

Nominees must meet all of the following as per SportsAid’s BTB eligibility criteria:

  1. Be currently facing severe financial hardship and not able to meet the costs of competing in their sport.  Gross household income should be less than £55,000.
  2. Be English - primarily living and training in England.
  3. Have a valid British passport and eligible to compete for England and/or Great Britain.
  4. Be typically aged between 12 and 18 years for non-disabled and up to 35 years for disabled athletes.
  5. Be in some form of structured education or apprenticeship programme.
  6. Be deemed as talented with potential by their NGB

 The athlete should also meet one or more of the following sport criteria;

  1. Be a current member of the England Junior Performance Pathway or;
  2. Have been selected for an England representative Event in the last 18 months from the date of the deadline for nominations or;
  3. Have won a 2019 National Age Group title or;
  4. Be currently ranked top 5 in the year group ranking lists


NB 
Athletes receiving a Backing the Best Award cannot also be in receipt of a SportsAid Award

Application/Nomination Process

Provision of the following information/evidence via email from a player’s Coach would need to be provided to Nikki Tarrant by the deadline date specified below;

  • Player Name
  • DOB
  • Contact email address for the parent/guardian
  • Confirmation of which sport criterion the athlete meets as per 1-4 above
  • Confirmation of which of the above sport criteria the player meets

Process for Nominations

Nomination of a player must be received from a player’s Coach.  Accepted nominees by SportsAid, based on the quota made available to Badminton England by SportsAid (max. 10 for 2020-21), will then be directly contacted (via email to their parent/guardian) to request completion of athlete profile information online.  Following that, athletes/parents would be asked to complete a ‘Supporting Information’ form and a basic means test will be completed to ensure the funding goes to those most in need.

N.B Please note that a submission to Badminton England does not guarantee a nomination to SportsAid and additionally that a nomination to SportsAid does not guarantee an Award will be found. 

Deadline For Nominations

Nominations are to be received by Nikki Tarrant via email by 9am on Thursday 10 December 2020 at the very latest (nikkitarrant@badmintonengland.co.uk

 

COVID ATHLETE SUPPORT FUND (one-off Award)

SportsAid have launched a one off Award this year to support talented athletes impacted by Covid-19.  This Fund has been set up to help support those who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty due to an unforeseen change in their circumstances. 

If an athlete is not able to meet the financial needs of their sport and facing severe hardship specifically as a result of the current situation related to Covid-19, they may be able to access a financial award from the Backing the Best Covid Athlete Support fund.  N.B This is a one off payment and should not be viewed as a form of funding to replace long term loss of income or additional costs generally. 

The Award will be allocated on a case by case basis. 

Badminton has been supported with up to 2 Covid Support Fund Awards with an Award of up to £2500 per athlete.

Eligibility Criteria for Nomination

  • Unable to meet the costs of training or competing in their sport due to severe financial hardship caused by matters relating to Covid-19
  • Able to specify what the Award will enable or be spent on and provide evidence
  • Primarily living and training in England
  • Eligible to compete for England and/or Great Britain
  • Typically aged between 12 and 18 years of age (age may be extended for athletes in higher education)

The athlete should also meet one or more of the following sport criteria;

  1. Be a current member of the England Junior Performance Pathway or;
  2. Have been selected for an England representative Event in the last 18 months from the date of the deadline for nominations or;
  3. Have won a 2019 National Age Group title or;
  4. Be currently ranked top 5 in the year group ranking lists

Nomination of a player must be received from a player’s Coach by 9am on Thursday 10 December at the latest. Nominations are to be received by Nikki Tarrant via email (nikkitarrant@badmintonengland.co.uk

Further information on the detail required to be submitted by a player’s Coach can be found at the bottom of page 1 of the attached document found here