Hope Valley Foundation is aiming to bridge the funding gap in Winter Sports

James Machon, pictured at the Winter Olympics, is a supporter of the Winter Sports Foundation.

James Machon, pictured at the Winter Olympics, is a supporter of the Winter Sports Foundation.

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A world of sport without the financial constraints would be an ideal one.

Winter sports in particular is one of many overshadowed by the huge costs involved with participation.

The Winter Sports Foundation, a registered charity based in Hathersage, aims to ease the financial burden for parents.

Co- Founder Adam Carnall said: “The kids who do well are the ones with the rich parents.”

The idea came to light two years ago and just two months ago the charity became fully operational.

“It’s rapidly growing and have already had a great response from parents and clubs alike wishing to find out more about how the charity works and how we can help,” added Adam.

Parents receive help through paying into a personal sports fund and can reclaim gift aid on donated amounts.

They also help parents find sponsors so individuals can go further in sport and access top class coaching, injury rehab, nutrition, equipment, and the all-important funding.

With financial help the foundation can support the next upcoming winter sports athletes.

The foundation has gained the support of Britain’s Winter Olympic athletes, including James Machon, the charity’s patron and brother Rob Machon.

“So far it’s going well,” added Adam, and with the British ski Academy recommending the foundation to their athletes we are bound to see more British success in future years.

The next step for the foundation is widening the horizon to other sports, such as tennis and cycling.

With the next Winter Olympics being held in PyeongChang, Korea in four years time, we could owe British success to the support of the Winter Sports Foundation.