Young boxer thanks funding help as she makes impact in sport

A boxer from Newbiggin has thanked those who have helped secure financial support to continue her passion.

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 9:00 am
Courtney Cox.

Courtney Cox admits she will never forget the email that told her she would benefit from SportsAid’s support.

Cox reached the zenith of her boxing career in 2018 when she won the 54kg Youth European Championships in Russia.

She has also scooped a treble of national titles and believes GVC Holdings and SportsAid’s funding has catalysed her rise to the top.

“I remember my first email form SportsAid letting me know I had been put forward for an award, and it’s just something that will never be forgotten,” said the 18-year-old, one of 51 athletes financially supported by a three-year partnership between GVC Holdings – owner of Ladbrokes and Coral – and SportsAid as part of GVC’s Pitching In initiative.

“It’s unbelievable to be recognised for the hard work, time and effort us boxers put into our days to fulfil our dreams.

“Thanks to SportsAid, the stress of fuel for my car was lifted, along with money needed for the gym and to buy equipment.

“I would never have been able to have any of this without the help, so I’m very lucky and grateful.

"SportsAid has helped me drastically – physically, mentally and financially.”

Supported by Paralympian Baroness Grey-Thompson, GVC announced a three-year partnership with SportsAid in 2019 to help young athletes realise their potential and promote grassroots sport.

The investment will provide funding for training, travel and equipment and allow athletes access to mentoring by Olympians and Paralympians on topics such as nutrition and sports psychology.

The young athletes will be following in the footsteps of legendary figures such as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Mo Farah, Dame Sarah Storey and Ellie Simmonds OBE – all of whom received SportsAid support – and more recent beneficiaries including Dina Asher-Smith and Adam Peaty MBE.

GVC is proud to be championing the next generation of British sporting heroes by providing talented young athletes with financial support and personal development opportunities in partnership with SportsAid. As part of this three-year partnership, GVC are supporting a diverse group of 50 UK athletes per year from a variety of spots and para-sports. Visit to find out more.