SportsAid Week at Sussex Innovation
This September at Sussex Innovation, we and our members are collaborating to raise money for young and talented athletes as part of SportsAid Week. This important week is a great chance to get active and fundraise for young athletes, who without the financial aid and support of SportsAid, would not be able to fulfil their potential.
Together, we aim to raise enough money to support a 12-18 year old through a year of training. By getting active in the #MyMiles challenge, we can test ourselves in a fun and competitive way to reach our community goal. Read on to find out about the #MyMiles Challenge and how you can get involved.
What is SportsAid?
#BeActive … the #MyMiles Challenge
Did you know that a SportsAid athlete will travel 828 miles every month to train and compete?
Did you also know that a SportsAid athlete will cover 43 miles in training each week by their own efforts?
These are just a few of the examples of the amount of effort and dedication youth athletes put in to their sport. This challenge is created as part of SportsAid’s scheme to #BeActive. #MyMiles invites the public to get active and recognise the amazing commitment of athletes by briefly putting yourself in their shoes.
Your miles can be performed through any form of exercise, for example walking or dancing. If your form of exercise cannot be measured by miles, then consider 20 minutes of exercise as equivalent to 1 mile. For example, if you want to play a sport with a friend, each 20 minutes of activity can account for a mile. After you have completed your mile, you should make sure to nominate your peers at Sussex Innovation to do the same.
This challenge will be a true community effort, organised by DOCIASport with support from Race Nation, who will be employing their SportsGiving platform to track everybody's progress throughout the week. Follow this link to register for the #MyMiles challenge and learn more about how to track your progress. If you do not wish to take part by getting active, you can still donate to the challenge here.
Sussex Innovation SportsAid Week Members Lunch
On Friday 28th September, both Sussex Innovation sites are hosting a lunchtime event for members to bring the week of exercise and fundraising to a close.
In Falmer, there will be a Q&A session run by Ian Braid from DOCIAsport with two local young athletes. Lizzie Williams and Jahziah Williams are both hoping to represent Team GB at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo with support from SportsAid.
In Croydon, local cross country runner Ricky Lukatome will be attending the lunch and sharing his experiences of how SportsAid has helped him pursue his passion. You will also get the chance to meet these athletes during the event.
There'll be a chance to feed the competitor in you with a live scoreboard designed by CDO Partners, visualising the miles we covered in the #MyMiles challenge. Find out who out of our members in Falmer and Croydon completed the most miles, as well as the outstanding individuals, who'll receive prizes donated by Bison Beer. There'll also be plenty of food and drink, and raffle prizes up for grabs - make sure that you pick up a ticket for the prize draw during the week.
Please click here to sign up for the members lunch.
You never know who our fundraising efforts could be supporting. Perhaps they will one day stand alongside other SportsAid prodigies such as Mo Farah, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Sir Steve Redgrave.