Backing Team GB

Did you know that by playing The National Lottery you’ve helped fund over 1,300 athletes as they prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond?

No one has done more than you to support them – so you really are part of Team GB too!

Atlanta to Rio

This is a story of remarkable transformation… made possible by you! In 1996, at the Atlanta Games, Britain’s Olympic team won a solitary gold medal – finishing 36th in the medal table. National Lottery players started supporting our athletes the year after – and now, in 2016, British sport has never been stronger.

At the last Games in London, Team GB finished in an incredible 3rd place with a whopping 29 gold medals. Meanwhile, ParalympicsGB has matched the same astonishing pace – staying in the top three over the past three summer Games.

A golden opportunity

Since launching in 1994, The National Lottery’s players have raised over £6 billion for grassroots and elite sport. UK Sport are the nation’s high performance sports agency who distribute National Lottery funding to elite sport and have helped the UK’s top athletes realise their dreams.

From pioneering sports science and technology programmes to identifying world-leading coaching talent and future World Champions, UK Sport has helped nurture and support many of our best-loved athletes to Olympic and Paralympic glory.

Watch above to see what National Lottery funding means to some of the athletes
you’ve helped as they prepare for Rio 2016.

Today, this funding – made possible by playing The National Lottery – is giving 1,300 of our elite athletes a golden opportunity to fulfil their potential on the world stage.

With the Rio 2016 Games around the corner, we know that British athletes will once again inspire us with their performances. And when they do, everyone in the UK should rightly feel proud; after all, if you’ve bought a National Lottery ticket, you are part of the team too.


Every time you play, you make a difference: