SportsAid has launched a Facebook competition to give one lucky winner the chance to take a friend to see Sir Elton John perform live at Stoke Park on June 28.
The open air concert for SportsAid - for which some tickets are still available to buy on Ticketmaster - will establish a new charitable fund with Sir Elton John that will provide vital financial support to young people hoping to represent Great Britain at the Olympic or Paralympic Games in 2016, 2018, 2020 and beyond.
"I am so excited to be part of this landmark event for SportsAid and to be helping the young, aspiring sports stars of the future," said Sir Elton John.
"I thought the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were incredible and I was very moved by the 'inspire a generation' motto that accompanied it. The Games really brought home to me the sacrifices and enormous challenges that young people face to reach the highest level in sport - and from such an early age too. Their ambition and courage is a huge source of inspiration to me and I know we can make a big difference to their lives by setting up this new fund."
To enter the competition visit SportsAid's Facebook page. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday, 8 June 2014.
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Background on SportsAid
- SportsAid is a national charity (#1111612), established in 1976, which helps young British
sportsmen and women who aspire to be our next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth or world champions.
- SportsAid's patron is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
- At London 2012 almost two-thirds of the British team were former recipients of SportsAid’s support, winning 20 of Team GB’s 29 gold medals and 27 of ParalympicsGB’s 34 gold medals.
- The athletes supported by SportsAid are typically aged 12 to 18 and are among Britain’s brightest hopes for the future.
- The SportsAid Awards they receive are funded by the charity’s donors and supporters. They recognise the athletes’ achievements and help them meet the high costs of training and competing, which they otherwise have to pay for themselves.
- SportsAid ensures the right people get the right help at the right time by working with the governing bodies of around 70 sporting disciplines to identify those with the greatest potential.
- As well as providing SportsAid Awards to help young athletes meet the cost of sport, SportsAid also manages the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), which provides specialist services to athletes in higher or further education.