Applications for support


SportsAid Cymru Wales focuses predominantly on the 12 – 18 year age group (extended for athletes with disabilities) who are not receiving financial support from other official sources.


Applications for support from SportsAid Cymru Wales have to be submitted via – and endorsed by – the governing body of the individual’s sport, according to set criteria developed in partnership with Sport Wales. 


This ensures we have the latest information on the athlete’s achievements, together with their Wales or GB rankings and an assessment of potential from experienced coaches.


If you feel you may be eligible for a SportsAid Cymru Wales grant then you should talk to your trainer and the appropriate representative on your sport’s governing body. SportsAid Cymru Wales is not able to consider applications direct from athletes outside this process.




Thank you, SportsAid Cymru Wales!


SACW receives many letters of thanks from young sporting hopefuls (and their parents!) who have made the grade in their chosen sport and have been awarded a grant. Here's a sample:-


Medi Harris - Swimming


Medi Harris from Caernarfon Swimming Club is another athlete who epitomises the promising young talent that SportsAid Cymru Wales seeks to support on their path to the podium.


Medi is the u-15 UK No.1 in the 50, 100 & 200 backstroke after taking gold in all three events at the 2017 British Summer Championships in Sheffield. Her storming performance built on her success in the pool at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July.


In a letter to SACW, Medi said “I want to let you know about my swimming achievements since I received your grant. At Easter, in the Welsh Nationals in Swansea, my time in the 100 backstroke qualified me for the Welsh team for the CYG in the Bahamas, where I came 4th in the 100 backstroke, then got a silver medal in the 50 and a bronze in the 200. My time for the 50 was a British record for 14-year-olds, my 100 was a Welsh Junior record and my 200 was a joint record holder (Welsh Juniors).” What a prospect! Here's Medi (centre) in action in the CYG...


Catrin Williams – Sailing


“I am writing to inform you that I competed in the Royal Yachting Association Welsh Youth and Junior Championships at Pwllheli last weekend (April 2017) and I am delighted to report I won the 6.8 fleet category. I won female and overall, so that makes me the Welsh 6.8 Champion of 2017!

“Thank you for your support, this has helped me as a sailor and my family with the costs of training, travelling and event fees. I hope to meet the SportsAid team soon!”      Catrin Williams


  • Update: Catrin has been selected to represent Great Britain (Female, u-15) in the World Championships in Salou, Spain in October, 2017, following the European championships in Lorient, France, where she took part in 12 races over six days. More than 300 competitors paraded behind their country flags through Lorient Docks in an opening ceremony and the mass start to races - where more than 50 competitors launched onto the water within the first minute – she described as ‘amazing!’ In ‘windy & wavy’ conditions her highest place was a very impressive 15th. Go, Catrin!


Kyle Booth – Swimming


Many congratulations to rising star 15-year-old Kyle Booth,  a City of Cardiff club member, who continues to smash records in the pool.  


In April 2017, Kyle set a new Junior Welsh Record of 2.20.60 in the 200m youth (u-18) breaststroke at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield, which got him (the only Welsh swimmer) into the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor, Hungary in July. There he set new Welsh marks in the 100m breaststroke in both the heats and semis. In the 200m, he broke his own Welsh record in the heats and again in the final (2.18.18) finishing fifth, 0.7 of a second behind the gold medal!


At the Welsh Summer Swimming Championships in Swansea, Kyle won the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke, the 50 & 100 fly and 200 IM. A prodigious and exciting talent!


Proud mum Cath Booth wrote to SACW: “Kyle was absolutely delighted to have received your letter and grant and would like to say thank you very much to SportsAid Cymru Wales. This will really help him a great deal. Kyle is also delighted that he is now able to access the National Sports Centre in Sophia Gardens as well. Thank you again for your support.”



Eleri Farr - Archery


"I would like to thank you for your generous grant. With this grant I purchased some important equipment, a pair of limbs and high quality arrows, which has helped me in the outdoor season that has just passed.


"Since receiving your grant I qualified for the Welsh Junior Team at the British Junior Target Championships, where individually I achieved second place. I also qualified for the Welsh Senior Team, whilst still a junior archer, and represented Wales at the British Target Championships, competing against archers who had sometimes been shooting since before I was born.


"Individually I achieved fourth in this competition. I am also the current Welsh Outdoor Champion. I have also competed at the Archery GB Youth Festival, a week-long event designed to simulate international competition, where I competed against Britain's top international junior archers. Here I also achieved fourth place and also qualified to compete in a three-man team at a demonstration event in the Archery GB National Series Final. The event was in the international head-to-head format and I was a member of the winning team.


"During this outdoor season I have also achieved the scores necessary to qualify for a selection event which will give me the chance of a place in the British Team at the European Youth Championships in Romania.


"I would like to thank you again for the grant you so generously provided me with, and hopefully you can see how much help it has been."  Eleri Farr



Gabriella Ridge - Canoeing


"I am writing to you with regard to my daughter Gabrielle and her chosen sport 'Canoe Slalom.' Gabi has had a busy summer and autumn culminating in her being confirmed as 2015 British Champion (Junior Kayak Ladies) at the end of the racing season last weekend.

"We are very grateful to you and all of the staff at Sports Aid Cymru Wales and its financial supporters for the assistance you have afforded her this past three years, without which her achievements would not have been possible.

"May I also request that this message of thanks is passed also to sponsor Mrs Barbara Cobain, of Pencader, Carmarthen."     Hazel Ridge

Click on 'Recent Award Recipients' (top left) for a list of the latest young Welsh sportspeople to be awarded a grant.


Sabrina Fortune – Shot Put             

Sabrina electrified her teamates when she won a Bronze medal at the Rio Paralympics, having previously been named Junior Sportswoman of the Year for Flintshire. Her mum wrote to us: "Dear SportsAid Team - thank you so much for the grant that my daughter Sabrina has received. What an honour! Thank you again."      Paula Fortune


George Morris - Fencing


This is what victory looks like! SACW grantee for three years running, George Morris, winning the GB U-17 Cadet Championships (TIC Epee). "Thank you very much SACW for the cheque - it is much appreciated and will be spent on helping me achieve my goals this season!" George Morris