Courtney Cox

Courtney Cox admits she will never forget the email that told her she would benefit from GVC Holdings and SportsAid’s support.

Cox, who hails from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, reached the zenith of her boxing career in 2018 when she won the 54kg Youth European Championships in Russia.

She’s also scooped a treble of national titles and the young queen of the ring, 18, believes GVC and SportsAid’s funding has catalysed her rise to the top.

“I remember my first email form SportsAid letting me know I had been put forward for an award, and it’s just something that will never be forgotten,” said the 18-year-old, one of 50 athletes financially supported by a three-year partnership between GVC Holdings and SportsAid as part of GVC’s Pitching In initiative.

“It’s unbelievable to be recognised for the hard work, time and effort us boxers put into our days to fulfil our dreams.

“Thanks to SportsAid, the stress of fuel for my car was lifted, along with money needed for the gym and to buy equipment.

“I would never have been able to have any of this without the help, so I’m very lucky and grateful.”

Supported by Paralympian Baroness Grey-Thompson, GVC announced a three-year partnership with SportsAid in 2019 to help young athletes realise their potential and promote grassroots sport.

The investment will provide funding for training, travel and equipment and allow athletes access to mentoring by Olympians and Paralympians on topics such as nutrition and sports psychology.

Cox has recently joined Lambton Street Boxing Club in the north-east and is confident the wide-ranging impact of SportsAid and GVC funding will accelerate her progression.

“SportsAid has helped me drastically – physically, mentally and financially,” added Cox, who is treading the same SportsAid pathway as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Mo Farah and Dina Asher-Smith.

“It’s great support for any boxer working their way up the ladder, especially those from less fortunate backgrounds.

“I don’t believe there’s much more SportsAid could do to help us growing athletes.”

GVC is proud to be championing the next generation of British sporting heroes by providing talented young athletes with financial support and personal development opportunities in partnership with SportsAid. As part of this three-year partnership, GVC are supporting a diverse group of 50 UK athletes per year from a variety of spots and para-sports. Visit gvc-plc.com to find out more.