OCS Young Sports Person Awards
We believe that the OCS Young Sports Person Award is more than just another sports award offering sports funding and bursaries to young sports people. We take the opportunity to celebrate with our customers and staff the fantastic achievements of these future sports stars.
The London 2012 Olympic games saw several OCS YSP Award winners successfully competing for Team GB, including the medal winning gymnasts Sam Oldham, Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle. Since the London Olympics, several previous winners of OCS awards have gone on to achieve international athletic success, including Non Stanford, who became the 2013 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Champion after the ITU meeting in London's Hyde Park in September 2013.
The Young Sports Person Awards are run in partnership with SportsAid, the charity responsible for funding emerging sports talent in the UK and helping the next generation of British athletes succeed.
Since the awards began in 1998, OCS has made sports bursaries in excess of £500,000 to over 200 deserving young athletes.
The passion and dedication needed to develop sporting excellence is like no other. Our aim is to give outstanding young athletes recognition to help them with the strain of training, travelling and competing, taking the pressure off by offering help at the start of their journey when, more often than not, parents and guardians are the solitary sponsor.At this stage, independent recognition and financial assistance makes a huge difference.
"It's inspiring to see how excited the kids are and to see what they have achieved and just the determination and dedication they all show to their sport."
Iwan Thomas MBE, Olympic Medallist – 400 Metres
"OCS are making a very clear commitment to our young people but are making it in a way that they are encouraging good quality competition and bringing the excellence of our young people right to the forefront."
Richard Caborn MP, ex Minister for Sport & Prime Minister's Ambassador for the 2018 World Cup
"You find a lot of sponsors really just want to sponsor the top end, and want to be associated with success, where as what impresses me with OCS is that they look at the grass roots and the grass roots of anything are the future."
Alec Stewart OBE, Ex England Cricket Captain
"It's just fantastic. OCS is one of the very few companies who recognise the opportunity to get involved and with young athletes it makes such a difference."
Tim Brabants MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist - Kayaking