Leading charity SportsAid has formally pledged to support the values of clean sport after developing a bespoke commitment statement with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).
SportsAid supports the next generation of British athletes by giving them financial support and recognition during the early years of their careers. By signing up to a vision of clean sport , SportsAid is confirming the UKAD and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact of sport on society.
As part of the commitment, all SportsAid athletes are expected to play, train and compete in line with the spirit of sport, which includes adopting the principles of clean sport. SportsAid staff are also accountable to ensure they do not condone, assist or in any way support the use of a prohibited substance in any aspects of their work.
SportsAid athletes will receive access to a wide range of educational resources through the 100% me programme, which outline how to be successful, confident and retain the values of clean and fair competition. UKAD also plans to engage directly with athletes and support personnel at SportsAid events, where UKAD’s National Trainers will deliver or host interactive education workshops and outreach stands.
SportsAid follows a growing number of organisations, including the British Athletes Commission (BAC) and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), both of which have also signed Clean Sport commitment statements.
SportsAid Chief Executive Tim Lawler said: “The young athletes we help want to represent the UK at the senior level so we’re only too pleased to be part of UKAD’s 100% me programme. In one sense the commitment to clean sport is very simple but there still is a lot to learn about anti-doping, so we’re proud to be part of that education process and supporting this programme every way we can.”
UKAD Head of Education and Athlete Support Amanda Batt said: “UKAD is committed to working with young athletes to ensure the values and principles of clean sport are introduced at the earliest possible stage in their journey towards becoming elite athletes.
“We look forward to developing this partnership to broaden our reach with young athletes and athlete support personnel. This will help inform both groups about their responsibilities towards clean sport and the risks that doping presents.”