GRANTS: Funding available to talented young sports people

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre
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From social enterprise which runs the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre

TALENTED young athletes in Rugby can now apply for funding from the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF).

GLL, the charitable social enterprise which runs the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, launched the foundation six years ago to offer financial support to young sporting talent.

In 2013, GSF supported 1,300 athletes across the country, including 15-year-old swimmer Amy Marren, who won three gold medals at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Canada.

Now young athletes can apply for a share of GSF’s £1 million funding pot for 2014. GSF offers grants of up to £1,250 to help cover travel, competition and equipment costs, together with free access to GLL’s sports facilities.

Peter Bundey, chairman of GSF, said: “It’s crucial we support the talent and enthusiasm of our young sporting stars.

“We can help young athletes bridge the difficult gap between regional and national level as they start to become ready for senior competition.”

GSF works in partnership with national charity SportsAid.

Tim Lawler, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Working with GSF enables us to help more young athletes and ensure the right people are funded at the right time.

“In the wake of London 2012, we know these athletes are more committed to sport than ever before, but also more reliant on our support.”

Young athletes have until February 20 to apply for a GSF grant. For more details, or to apply, visit