Javelin starlet Bethany Moule says SportsAid funding has been a vital part of her continued progress as an athlete.
The 18-year-old is a beneficiary of GVC Holdings’ three-year partnership with SportsAid, helping young athletes across the UK realise their potential.
Given the expense of buying and transporting javelin poles across Europe, Moule is beyond grateful for the financial assistance proffered by the partnership.
“Having SportsAid funding there is massively helpful,” said the Neath-born star.
“Javelins cost more than 600 pounds and it’s been a massive help to know that you don’t have to worry about the cost of them.
“I would have struggled if the money hadn’t been there to afford flights and accommodation in the various places I compete in.
“It paid for my hotel when I went to Manchester last month for the British Championships, where I threw a personal best. It’s been so important for me.”
Athletes get funding for training, travel and equipment, as well as mentoring by Olympians and Paralympians on topics such as nutrition and sports psychology.
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.
Moule added: “As well as the money you get a confidence boost as an athlete for knowing that SportsAid are supporting you.
“It gives you an extra bit of belief that you’re doing the right thing and security that they care about how you’re doing.”
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.