One top table-tennis talent. Seven victims. 120 minutes of game-time. That’s how SportsAid Day at myLotto24 kicked-off!
We’ve partnered with SportsAid since 2014, donating more than €350,000 to fund talented athletes of the future who are not yet attracting higher-level or National Lottery funding.
200 athletes have so far been helped by the partnership, including European Under 23 Championship Silver medallist, Khai Riley-Laborde (110m hurdles).
On 28 September 2017, and as part of the national #SportsAidWeek, some of those athletes travelled to London to take part in a day of activities.
The day started with national table-tennis sensation, Joe Clark, competing in a series of 15 minute matches against seven willing myLotto24 victims. The aim of the game was to score as many points as possible against Joe.
120 minutes later, and despite being on unfamiliar turf, Joe had conceded just 122 points. Even the umpire lost track of Joe’s own points scoring tally!
Table tennis was followed by lunch and a Q&A session with Team GB talents Toby Gold and Khai Riley-Laborde, and a presentation on effective time management to some of the aspiring SportsAid athletes and their parents – for whom the challenges of juggling training with school and work can often be a struggle.
myLotto24 Head of Corporate Affairs, Lena Patel, who organised the event, said: “It was fantastic to have so many amazing athletes join us to celebrate SportsAidWeek – in particular Joe Clark who was so generous with his time. It was a great day of competition, ideas sharing and learning. We’re extremely proud to partner with SportsAid, helping tomorrow’s elite athletes, today.”
Read more about our launch in the UK and some of our other community projects here.