Working in partnership with SportsAid since 2008, the Lloyds Bank Local Heroes programme has funded and recognised more than 1,100 emerging athletes. The programme provides athletes with grants to help towards the costs of training, travel and equipment – but also provides tools to support them on their sporting journey including media training, social media induction and major sporting event experience.
We’re proud to have supported the Local Heroes selected for the London 2012 Games; including 20 Olympic and 26 Paralympic athletes. Overall this represented 6% of the combined Team GB and ParalympicGB squads. ‘Alumni’ Kat Copeland won Gold in the women’s lightweight double sculls event at the Olympic Games, James Clegg won Bronze in the swimming and Local Hero Jon-Allan Butterworth won three Silver Medals in cycling at the Paralympic Games.
Local Heroes have represented Great Britain at many age-group levels as well as the senior level at European and World Championships. The average age of a Local Hero is 20 with the youngest being 14 and the oldest 49.
70 Local Heroes, who made a difference in their local community, were selected to be Torchbearers in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and 5 carried the Flame in the Paralympic Torch Relay. Local Hero Callum Airlie had the honour of helping light the cauldron in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in front of a global TV audience of billions and Philip Cochrane was a flagbearer in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
We will continue to support our 210 Local Heroes in 2013 from communities all over the UK, including 82 young Scottish athletes in the run up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.