Last Updated: 03/06/14 3:39pm
Katarina Johnson-Thompson hopes for people to tweet their support with #Go England
Commonwealth Games medal hopefuls Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Eilidh Child, Becky James and Michael Conlan are urging fans to inspire them to glory in Glasgow.
"One of the greatest lifts any athlete can get going into a massive competition like the Commonwealth Games is knowing your whole country is behind you"
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The sport stars have joined energy firm and proud partner of Glasgow 2014, SSE, to get fans behind their nation in the run up to the Games and tweet their support. SSE recognises it is the fans' energy that can make the difference to athletes going for gold.
As official sponsors of four of the Home Nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), SSE is promising to reward every tweet of support for each nation with funding for the next generation of athletes. Fans are asked to spur on England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales by tweeting #Go followed by the country of their choice. Each tweet will count towards financial support for promising young athletes aged 11-20 in their quest for success.
SSE's Next Generation programme currently provides vital financial help to 50 young athletes across the UK. In recognition of the value of this to British sport, the organisation will double the number of athletes supported to 100-a-year for the next three years.
SSE Home Nation ambassador Eilidh Child has encouraged Scotland to tweet the team to glory
SSE Home Nation ambassador, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, said: "One of the greatest lifts any athlete can get going into a massive competition like the Commonwealth Games is knowing your whole country is behind you. That's why we're encouraging the four Home Nations to get behind their team by tweeting #Go and their country - it's such an easy way to show your support and help the next generation of sports stars."
The investment underpins SSE's commitment as a proud sponsor of Glasgow 2014 and its continued investment in the communities it serves. Sir Chris Hoy, SSE Commonwealth Games ambassador, said: "I know from personal experience how important support can be. It is crucial for each Home Nation to unite and get behind their athletes ahead of and during Glasgow 2014. This will also secure the funding needed to help more SSE Next Generation athletes who are showing great potential in their respective sports."
You can now tweet your messages of support to SSE Home Nation ambassadors and their team-mates and help nurture your country's sports stars of tomorrow. Tweet your support for Katarina Johnson-Thompson and her team-mates using #GoEngland, to support Michael Conlan and his Northern Ireland team mates use #GoNI, to show support for Eilidh Child and her Scotland team mates use #GoScotland, and to show support for Becky James and her Welsh team mates use #GoWales.
Follow @YourSSE to keep up-to-date on how SSE's Next Generation programme and your tweets will help secure funding for future Commonwealth Games medallists.