Kerry Ann is among those to feel the benefit of welcome funding

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In all, 39 talented young athletes from Rugby have now benefitted from a £10,250 award pot thanks to charitable social enterprise GLL in partnership with Rugby Borough Council.

Among those to have been helped is javelin thrower Kerry Ann Murch.

The 18-year-old said: “I am a dedicated athlete who wants to represent GB as an U23 and Senior.

“While at university I hope to progress my strength and fitness training and push myself towards my goal.

“This award will help greatly towards my increased physiotherapy and equipment costs as well as help with memberships and future entry fees”.

More than 1,500 supported athletes from across England and Wales have benefitted from a £1,000,000 award pot, representing more than 95 Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sporting disciplines.

Patron Sally Gunnell explained the core role the Foundation takes in supporting the next generation of athletes.

“It is vitally important we take full advantage of the inspiration from the Games and harness all the talent our youth can offer, supporting them as much as we can to fulfil many sporting dreams,” she said.

“From starting out as a young athlete and progressing through my sport, I understand how support from the GLL Sport Foundation is invaluable to a rising star.

“I am delighted that through this scheme I am able to champion such support for sporting talent.”

The Foundation works in partnership with SportsAid to ensure funding gets to emerging talent.

Of all the award recipients around 90 per cent receive no other sport funding.

Supported athletes benefit from financial training grants of up to £1,250 as well as training memberships at GLL and partner operated venues.

To be eligible for a grant, each of the talented young athletes had to live, be in education or affiliated to a sports club in a nominated borough or district where GLL or its partners operate.

For more information, visit the GLL Sport Foundation website