Category: SportsAid

Week In Review: October 08, 2023 – October 14, 2023

The Prince and Princess of Wales took a train trip to Birmingham on October 10, 2023, to commemorate World Mental Health Day. They chose Birmingham, which has the youngest demographic of any city in the UK, for the occasion. Their focus was on understanding emotions and building positive relationships among young people. To this end, they hosted a summit for 100 young people called “Exploring our Emotional Worlds.”

During the summit, the Prince and Princess of Wales joined young people as they participated in a series of workshops run by The Mix and National Citizen Service. The workshops were focused on emotions, relationships, and community action.

The Princess of Wales wore a pair of gold-plated star-shaped earrings gifted to her by Sarah Renton, a Maidenhead Rugby Club coach whom she met in June. The earrings were designed by Phipps’ cousin and owner of EarSass, Sophie McGown, and were named “Issy Star.” in honor of Sarah’s daughter — Isobelle Phipps, 17 — who died by suicide earlier this year. The proceeds from the jewelry purchase are donated to the mental health charity Brave Minds.

Help the Princess of Wales support Brave Minds by purchasing your earrings here.

On October 11, 2023, The Princess of Wales visited Nottingham Trent University to learn about the mental health support provided to students at the beginning of the new academic year. She had the opportunity to meet with students and colleagues who help students with their mental health at a Freshers Fayre-style exhibition, followed by participating in well-being sessions. During the sessions, The Princess discussed with three students about peer-to-peer mentoring, which is a way of supporting each other at the University. She also participated in the ‘step in circle,’ part of the University’s “Welcome Workshop,” which encourages students to share experiences to help them build confidence, proactively manage their well-being, and raise awareness of the wide range of available support networks.

Moreover, The Princess learned about how Nottingham University uses data derived from student behavior to identify those who may not be thriving. They use a dashboard to manage student engagement in courses, and when a student stops engaging, it can indicate issues with their mental well-being. The University reaches out to such students to learn about their disengagement and help them find appropriate support. The information is also given to the student to help them manage their learning and is used for personalized support and tutorial discussions with staff.

On October 12, 2023, The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a mental fitness workshop at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. The workshop was organized by SportsAid, a charity supported by The Princess since 2013. The workshop was held in collaboration with BelievePerform. It helps young people and their families manage their mental well-being and build the skills needed for a happy and healthy life. During the visit, The Prince and Princess participated in sessions with young athletes and parents to see the support provided by SportsAid in building mental fitness. In the sessions, they also joined SportsAid ambassadors, including Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds and netball player Ama Agbeze. The couple also took part in two practical sessions with young athletes to build mental resilience, including playing a game of goalball, a visually impaired Paralympic sport.


– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > October 10 | World Mental Health Day – Factory Works
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > October 11 | World Mental Health Day – Nottingham Trent University
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > October 12 | SportsAid At Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

July 02 – Wimbledon – Day 2 – The Championships

Today, July 02, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge attended Day 2 of the Wimbledon Championships.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also known as the All England Club, is based at Church Road, Wimbledon, London, England, it is a private members’ club. Best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, it’s the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass.

Catherine has been Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since December 2016. Taking over the role from The Queen.

During her visit The Duchess visited the Aorangi Park to see the practice courts and players’ warm-up area. There she met Johanna Konta and Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray. She also met a number of finalists and winners nominated for the annual LTA Tennis Awards which recognize people who volunteer at grassroots level to grow and open up the sport.

Catherine watched Britain’s Harriet Dart play against U.S. player Christina McHale in Wimbledon’s outer courts. And later watched ngelique Kerber vs Tatijana Maria in the Royal Box.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > July 02 | Wimbledon – Day 2 – The Championships

Photos: March 22 – The Duke And Duchess of Cambridge Undertake Engagements Celebrating The Commonwealth

On her last two engagements before she takes maternity leave the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day Celebrating The Commonwealth. In their first visit to Sportsaid Their Royal Highnesses met wheelchair basketball players, some of whom hope to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham at the Copperbox Arena. Afterwards they took part in a Commonwealth Quiz in which athletes, coaches and supporters were questioned on their knowledge of the Commonwealth Games. In their second engagement they helped with preparations for the Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke’s Community Centre and met with staff and visitors. I have added 110 high quality photos to the gallery with more to come at a later date. Enjoy!

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2018 > March 22 | Celebrating The Commonwealth

June 09 – SportsAid’s 40th Anniversary Dinner

June 09 – SportsAid’s 40th Anniversary Dinner

Today, (June 09, 2016) The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a dinner for the 40th Anniversary of SportsAid at Kensington Palace in London. Catherine has been Patron of the charity since 2013, SportsAid is a non-profit charity that “helps the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early stages of their careers.” While at that pre-dinner Catherine met with SportsAid ambassadors and young athletes who will be competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics. During the dinner The Duchess gave a short speech which you can read below:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It is an absolute pleasure to be here with you to celebrate SportsAid’s 40th anniversary.

Some of you may know that I love sport. I love cheering on teams and athletes that I am passionate about. I love the physical challenge sport presents and the mental strength it gives us all. And I love the way it so often brings people together to work as part of a team.

I suspect many of you in this room may feel the same. The brilliance of SportsAid is in really understanding just how much athletic competition gives to our country as a whole. By investing in young sporting talent, they ensure that there is a strong pipeline of inspirational heroes.

These athletes then serve as motivators to everyone in the UK to get involved, get active, and embrace the power of sport to make us happier and healthier.

With little over 50 days to go until the Games begin in Rio; the next Olympiad is almost here. As we did in London in 2012, we will see a new generation of sporting stars emerge into the spotlight.

We cannot wait to meet the next SportsAid champions – the next Chris Hoys and Katherine Graingers who will remind us all of the magic and the power of sport.

So thank you all for supporting the incredible work of SportsAid. I am immensely proud to be their Patron and I can’t wait to cheer on our team competing in Rio.

I do hope you enjoy tonight’s very special occasion.