01 Oct 2019

Talented young athletes spend, on average, more than £7,000 a year on their sporting endeavours, new research shows. The figures come from a survey of SportsAid athletes. Information from the 650 respondents shows that investment from the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ has risen from £5,022 to £7,089 a year over the last decade.

SportsAid provides both financial and non-financial support to talented young athletes, with their alumni going on to win 69% of Team GB’s medals and 71% of ParalympicsGB’s medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Contributing to the financial cost of competing, the survey – carried out by Nunki Solutions – found that SportsAid’s athletes typically travel 373 miles a week to get to training and competitions, up more than 80% from last year’s figure of 207. As an illustration of the dedication to their burgeoning sporting careers the athletes, aged 12-18 years, typically train twice a day and combine this with school or college work.

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