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Paralympic sprinter Libby Clegg

SSE's Next Generation programme gives vital support to up-and-coming athletes across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The programme runs in conjunction with SportsAid, a charity dedicated to helping young athletes reach their potential.

Launching in 2013, SSE Next Generation aimed to create a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where SSE was an Official Partner.

SSE Next Generation helps young disabled and non-disabled athletes across the UK. These athletes have been nominated by their individual sports as deserving additional financial support.

Our athletes are aged 13 to 25 and are all seen as potential Commonwealth Games, Olympic or Paralympic medallists.

In addition to financial aid, the programme provides mentoring from elite athletes to help the SSE Next Generation achieve sporting excellence. Established athletes to have taken part include diver and Olympic medallist Leon Taylor and double gold Paralympian Libby Clegg.

SSE Next Generation athletes

Initially supporting 12 SportsAid athletes in the summer of 2013, the SSE Next Generation programme grew by 2014 to support more of the nation's brightest prospects.

The following year, building on the success of Glasgow 2014, the programme grew once again in response to a hugely successful social media campaign during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The campaign asked people from all four Home Nations to tweet their support for their team in the build-up to the Games using #GoScotland, #GoEngland, #GoWales or #GoNI. The nation with the most tweets received the largest share of the additional athletes joining the programme in 2015. Scotland got most tweets, followed by Wales, England and then Northern Ireland.

Athletes selected to join the programme are from 36 different sports, ranging from wheelchair basketball to women's football to wakeboarding. 

SSE Next Generation athletes

At SSE, we are incredibly proud of the achievements our SSE Next Generation athletes have made while taking part in the programme.

From athletes successfully delivering their first interview with confidence, to taking home an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games medal, we like to celebrate each of their achievements.

Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Latalia Bevan, Gymnastics

Aged 15, Latalia won a Team Gold at the 2016 Junior Commonwealth Games in Namibia. She also took a Team Gold and Individual All Round Gold at the 2016 Sainsbury’s School Games.

  • Ollie Nugent, Football

Ollie took part in the Rio 2016 Paralympics where Team GB placed 5th in 7-a-side football.

  • Rhys McClenaghan, Gymnastics

Rhys took Bronze on Pommel at the 2016 British Championships and Silver on Pommel at the 2016 European Championships in Bern.

We were proud to support a number of our current and former SSE Next Generation athletes on their 'Road to Rio' in summer 2016.

We're delighted some of our athletes contributed to Team GB's record-breaking medal haul. They include sprinter Libby Clegg taking home two gold medals, gold for cyclist Katie Archibald, double silver for swimmer Tom Hamer and silver medals for both swimmer Scott Quin and triathlete Alison Patrick.