Ben Goss was a teacher at Gordonstoun School (Charlie’s alma mater) when he founded Give Them A Sporting Chance in 1990. He had the vision that it would provide people with fun, life-changing experiences and an opportunity to see beyond themselves.
A Sporting Chance is recommended by someone, in an organisation or a group, for a carer or a disabled person, regardless of their age or ability.
A unique feature of the charity is that in return for living their dream through a Sporting Chance, the recipient is asked to raise funds for a charity of their own choice, but not Give Them A Sporting Chance. The sum raised is not important but the concept of looking beyond ourselves to others who might be less fortunate is vital.
Give Them a Sporting Chance is run entirely by volunteers. With generous support from individuals and organisations we have arranged hundreds of adventures. A vast array of charities has received funds through the fundraising of recipients. (Look at ‘Realising Dreams’ on our website to see the range).
Give Them a Sporting Chance has created the dreams of many which initially seemed out of reach; we have given people, of all ages, memories of a lifetime.
Founder and Chairman
The focus, dedication, attention to detail and the ability to pick himself up, dust himself down after disappointment are characteristics of Charlie Martell.
I have know Charlie for more than 25 years and coupled with his energy, his sense of fun, adventure and loyalty make him an outstanding person.
I feel honoured to work alongside him on the Management Team of Give Them a Sporting Chance and how many charities have a Director that attempts to row the Pacific for their cause!
To have Charlie now contemplating a quadrathon, the Pacific row, the Atlantic row coupled with the ‘tow’ from John O’Groats to Land’s End and across America is remarkable.
Mr Goss – as he was to me when I was at Gordonstoun – was a great inspiration in so many ways himself. He has remained a great friend in the years since leaving school and I’m very proud to be a member of the Sporting Chance management team. GTaSC was a natural choice to select as one of my Pacific crossing beneficiaries.
I remain inspired by the charity’s slogan: ‘no act of human kindness is ever wasted.’ “