Danielle Marshall

Rising boxing star Danielle Marshall says SportsAid funding has been crucial in helping her progress through the youth ranks.

The 18-year-old is a beneficiary of GVC’s three-year partnership with SportsAid, helping young athletes across the UK realise their potential.

Athletes get funding for training, travel and equipment, as well as mentoring by Olympians and Paralympians on topics such as nutrition and sports psychology.

Marshall, who was crowned English champion in the under 69kg weight category in March, says the funding is a godsend and helps her travel to London for training camps.

“The funding through SportsAid has been a massive help,” said the Hartlepool-born star.

“A lot of training camps are down south and travel and accommodation are expensive, so it just takes the worry out of that and allows me to focus on boxing.

“It makes me feel at ease and the support they give is invaluable.”

The young athletes will be following in the footsteps of legendary figures such as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Mo Farah, Dame Sarah Storey and Ellie Simmonds OBE – all of whom received SportsAid support – and more recent beneficiaries including Dina Asher-Smith and Adam Peaty MBE.

The initiative is part of GVC’s Pitching In, a major new multi-million-pound investment programme designed to support and promote grassroots sports.

Marshall dreams of competing at the Olympics one day and following in the footsteps of her heroes Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor, with SportsAid with her all the way.

“I remember watching Nicola in 2012 and being inspired to follow her to the Olympic Games,” she said.

“Having SportsAid behind me makes me believe that it’s possible and there are people out there willing me to achieve my goals.”

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.