Information in English

Sky High Favourites (Skyhöga favoriter) is a charity programme initiated by Mälarlift to support children and young people in Västmanland who would like to go in for sports but may not be able to do so fully without some financial support.

The parents of children aged 7–15 years may apply to Sky High Favourites for SEK 750 of Sports Aid (idrottsstöd). This money may then be used for one of the following purposes:

  • paying part of a club membership fee
  • paying part of the fee to participate in a cup or other competition
  • buying sports equipment (from a sports shop or from a sports club)

Who can apply for Sports Aid?

All parents of children aged 7–15 years can apply. However, the sports activity in question must be carried out within a club registered with the Västmanland Sports Association (Västmanlands Idrottsförbund). To apply, you fill in this application form (in Swedish).

What is the procedure?

As parents, you provide the required information on the application form. This information is passed on to the Västmanland Sports Association, where it is treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. Then the Association sends you an e‑mail where it tells you whether your child is one of those who have been selected to receive Sports Aid this particular month.

If your child is one of the children selected to receive Sports Aid, you get to choose how to use the SEK 750. You reply to the Association’s e‑mail and select one of the following options:

  1. Paying part of a club membership fee.
  2. Paying part of the fee to participate in a cup or other competition.
  3. Buying sports equipment from a sports shop (sports equipment linked to your child’s sport).
  4. Buying sports equipment from a sports club (sports equipment linked to your child’s sport).

If you choose paying part of a club membership fee, paying part of the fee to participate in a cup or other competition, or buying sports equipment from a sports club, the Association will deposit the money directly into the club’s or team’s account. Note that SEK 750 may not be enough to pay the full membership or participation fee or the entire price of the sports equipment. If that cost is more than SEK 750, you have to pay the rest yourself. This is not done through the Association – you have to make that payment yourself to the club or team.

However, if you choose the option of buying sports equipment from a sports shop, you will receive an e‑mail from the Association with a special code. You need to show that e‑mail in one of the sports shops affiliated with the programme. You may either print out the e‑mail or show it on your phone. When the sports shop has registered your code in its cash register, you may buy one or several items representing a maximum total value of SEK 750. Please note that you may only buy items linked to your child’s sport (the sport you indicated in your application). Also note that you will not get any change back or a voucher for any remaining amount. This means that you may not always use up the full SEK 750. On the other hand, if the total cost of your purchases is more than SEK 750, you must pay the difference yourself.

When a code has been used in a sports shop, it automatically becomes invalid. 

What is the procedure for deciding who gets Sports Aid?

The primary purpose of Sports Aid is to help children who have a large need for support from a purely financial perspective. We are aware that absolute justice is impossible to obtain in this respect, but we have chosen to make use of the people who are the most involved: sports coaches in Västmanland, who are in closest contact with the children. Concretely, the coach of a club or team will indicate to the Västmanland Sports Association, using a scale from 1 to 10, how strong a child’s financial need is considered to be. On that scale, 10 represents a very large need for financial support and 1 represents a very small need for financial support. Again, we are aware that absolute justice is impossible, but we have chosen what we believe to be the best possible solution.

Sports Aid is distributed each month. If the donations received during a month are not enough to pay Sports Aid to all applicants in that month, there will be a randomised drawing of lots based on the above-mentioned assessment of financial need and using a computerised random-number generator.

How often can you apply for – and receive – Sports Aid?

Sports Aid is distributed each month. It is possible to make a new application for the next month unless you have received Sports Aid twice during a 12-month period. Those who have received Sports Aid twice during a 12-month period cannot make a new application until 12 months later.

Who is in charge of managing Sports Aid?

The Västmanland Sports Association manages the entire process from receiving applications to paying out Sports Aid. The Association is the link between parents and clubs. The contact person at the Association is XXX, who can be reached on the following e­‑mail address: xxx@xxx.xx. Please note that all communication with the Association must be in Swedish only.