Aspiration Fund

Aspiration Fund

In October 2018 UK Sport announced a £3 million fund to help sports qualify for the Japan 2020 Olympics whilst also delivering social impact projects which will inspire a nation through the Olympics.

Until recently, surfing was the realm of coastal communities and those with the resources to access them. With the introduction of inland surf centres, such as Surf Snowdonia (Wales), The Wave (Bristol) and Wavegarden Scotland (Edinburgh) this provides a unique opportunity on both the performance and the social impact sides of British Surfing.

Our athletes will be able to train in central venues where wave quality, size, direction and frequency can be intricately controlled next to performance support facilities that will allow immediate video analysis which can be complex in the sea. Supplementing the inland surf centres new regional performance facilities are being developed in Porthcawl (Wales) and Thurso (Scotland).

These regional Centres of Excellence will also allow for delivery of training programmes in the natural environment supplemented with leading UK sports performance coaching, programmes and facilities. In essence this will provide a blended natural environment/ wavepool programme to put our athletes at a competitive advantage in the build up to Tokyo 2020.

It allows our athletes to be trained to deliver sessions for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, surfers from deprived communities and roll this out in partnership with the home nation governing bodies through an ambassador programme to inspire them to surf and teach them the skills needed to continue surfing safely throughout their lives.

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