Sponsor highlight: Commonwealth Games Wales sponsors our Young Sporting Hero Over 13 Award

While celebrating the remarkable achievements of children and young people across Wales, the Child of Wales Awards is proud to partner with organisations that share our commitment to empowering, recognising, and rewarding young people for their outstanding sporting achievements. One such partner is Commonwealth Games Wales, whose support and dedication play a crucial role in honouring the young sporting heroes over the age of 13.

Join us as we shine a spotlight on Commonwealth Games Wales and their invaluable contribution as a sponsor of the Young Sporting Hero Over 13 category of the Child of Wales Awards 2024.

About Commonwealth Games Wales – sponsor of Young Sporting Hero Over 13

Commonwealth Games Wales is dedicated to promoting sports participation and excellence in Wales. Their sponsorship of the Young Sporting Hero Over 13 category reflects their commitment to recognising and celebrating the exceptional talents of young athletes across the nation.

Through its partnership with us, here at the Child of Wales Awards, Commonwealth Games Wales demonstrates its commitment to supporting young athletes and promoting the values of sportsmanship, dedication, and teamwork. This support enables us to highlight the achievements of these young sporting heroes, amplify our reach, and support our mission, for which we are deeply grateful.

Rebecca Edwards-Symmons, CEO, Commonwealth Games Wales, said:

“Commonwealth Games Wales is proud to stand alongside the Child of Wales Awards, celebrating the exceptional talent and determination of young athletes. Together, we can inspire future champions to reach for their dreams.”

Blanche Sainsbury, Founder of the Child of Wales Awards, added:

“We are thrilled to have Commonwealth Games Wales on board as a sponsor. Their dedication to promoting sports excellence aligns perfectly with our mission at the Child of Wales Awards. Through their support, we can honour the achievements of young athletes and encourage them to reach their full potential.”

As we celebrate the partnership between Commonwealth Games Wales and the Child of Wales Awards, we are reminded of the importance of supporting and celebrating the achievements of young athletes. Together, we continue to uplift and celebrate the incredible talents and achievements of children and young people across Wales. We look forward to continuing our journey of impact and inspiration with Commonwealth Games Wales by our side.

This past Thursday (April 4, 2024), we hosted our yearly sponsors breakfast at The Welsh House restaurant in Swansea Marina. We were thrilled to see all our fantastic sponsors under one roof; it was the perfect opportunity for our sponsors to hear about what lies in store for the 2024 awards and get to know fellow sponsors. 

Our founder Blanche Sainsbury delivered a great presentation detailing the plans for the awards and the instrumental roles our sponsors play throughout – making sure to thank each of our partners for their generous and continued support. 

Our sponsors are: Ascona Group, Bluestone, Blue Tiger, Budget Carpets, Commonwealth Games Wales Castell Howell Foods, DIY Kitchens, Gower College, Forrest Print, Mrs Buckét, Owens Group, Princes Gate, Trade Centre Wales, Thomas Carroll, Route Media, Swansea Bulding Society and Westacres.  

Pepe Hart, an award-winning head teacher and our very own Advisor, also spoke at the event, explaining her role as chair of the judges. She also offered an insight into some of the incredible nominations received so far. The full list of judges will be revealed in due course. 

The morning also allowed our sponsors to hear first-hand about the amazing charities they will be helping, through sponsoring the Child of Wales Awards 2024 – 2 Wish and Joseph’s Smile. 

2 Wish was founded by Rhian Mannings MBE, following the tragic passing of her son George and husband Paul within days of each other. Driven by her personal loss, Rhian established 2 Wish with a powerful goal: to make sure that every family in Wales facing the sudden loss of a child or young adult gets the unwavering support they truly need. Through this remarkable charity’s work, Rhian has turned her own pain into a beacon of hope for others in their darkest times. 

Joseph’s Smile was established in memory of Joseph Yeandle, who bravely battled stage four neuroblastoma before passing away in December 2021. The charity’s mission is to help lift the heavy financial burdens that families encounter throughout their child’s journey with illness. By supplying essential funds for medical treatments and equipment that aren’t accessible through the NHS, the charity ensures that families can dedicate their energy to cherishing every precious moment together. Joseph’s smile helps families every day – taking away the burden of extra fundraising while navigating their child’s care. 

Rhian Mannings MBE, Founder of 2 Wish, and Katy Yeandle, Founder of Joseph’s Smile, both delivered deeply moving speeches. They spoke from the heart about the personal journeys that led them to establish their charities, the meaningful work they carry out, and the profound, life-changing difference their organisations make for those in need of support. 

It was a powerful moment of connection, where sponsors could see the tangible difference, their involvement would make in the lives of families facing the illness or loss of a loved one.


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The countdown has begun for the most anticipated event of the year, celebrating the youth of Wales – the Child of Wales Awards 2024. Scheduled to take place at the prestigious Swansea Arena on September 27th, 2024, this event promises to be a night of celebration, recognition, and inspiration. Making the event possible are the sponsors and partners who have generously come forward to support and uplift the young champions of Wales.

Headline Sponsor: Trade Centre Wales

Leading the charge as the headline sponsor for the Child of Wales Awards 2024 is Trade Centre Wales. With a commitment to community engagement and youth empowerment, Trade Centre Wales stands tall as a beacon of support for the next generation of Welsh leaders and achievers.

Event Partners: Blue Tiger and DIY Kitchens

Our other major event partners are Blue Tiger and DIY Kitchens. Their collaboration underscores a shared vision of recognising and rewarding excellence among the youth of Wales. Through their invaluable support, Blue Tiger and DIY Kitchens contribute to making the Child of Wales Awards 2024 a resounding success.

Category Sponsors:

  • Ascona Group: Bravery Award & Courageous Family
  • Thomas Carroll: Young Fundraiser
  • Swansea Building Society: Community Champion
  • Gower College: Outstanding Charity
  • Princes Gate: Young Sporting Hero U13
  • Commonwealth Games Wales: Young Sporting Hero Over 13
  • Westacres: Child of Courage U13
  • Mrs Bucket: Young Leader
  • Bluestone National Park Resorts: Environmental Champion
  • Owens Group: Young Carer

Each of these esteemed sponsors has dedicated themselves to recognising and honouring the remarkable achievements and contributions of young individuals across various categories. Their support amplifies the impact of the Child of Wales Awards, inspiring countless others to strive for greatness.

Media sponsors:

  • Forrest Print: Print Sponsor
  • Route Media: Outdoor Media Partner

In addition to the category sponsors, the Child of Wales Awards 2024 is further bolstered by the support of Forrest Print and Route Media. Their contributions in print and outdoor media respectively play a crucial role in spreading awareness about the event and celebrating the extraordinary stories of Welsh youth.

Winners support package: Budget Carpets

Budget Carpets sponsorship will ensure that the winners – and their guardians – are able to enjoy the awards night to the maximum, with the full VIP treatment they so richly deserve. 

As the anticipation builds and the date draws nearer, the Child of Wales Awards 2024 shines brightly as a testament to the collective spirit of generosity, compassion, and solidarity within the Welsh business and wider communities. Together, with the unwavering support of our sponsors and partners, we look forward to a memorable evening dedicated to honouring the champions of tomorrow.

If your organisation would like to become a part of the event, we have one category sponsorship left to fill, please contact blanch@childofbritain.com for more information.

To nominate an extraordinary young person, visit our nominations page here.