Support for young talented athletes
Applications are now open for talented young sports men and women from Rugby to apply for a share of a £1million funding pot, out to help young sporting stars realise their dreams. Athletes have until 20th February 2015 to apply for financial awards of up to £1,250.
The funding is thanks to the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, operated by charitable social enterprise, GLL. With 76% of awards going to athletes under the age of 21, the programme works in partnership with sport national governing bodies through the national charity SportsAid to support the next generation of sporting talent.
In 2014, GSF supported 1500 athletes including 19 from Rugby, these athletes including 18 year old Kerry Murch. Kerry is a junior Great Britain javelin athlete that achieved medal success at the English Schools Championships in 2014. She said: “The GLL Sport Foundation award helps greatly towards my increased physiotherapy and equipment costs as well as help with competition costs”.
The GSF was launched in 2008. Since then, the programme has provided over 6,500 athlete awards across 95 Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sports with support worth over £3.8million. A massive 90% of award recipients receive no other funding support, yet research by SportsAid shows their average annual expenditure is more than £6,000.
GSF Chairman, Peter Bundey states: “It is crucial we support the talent and enthusiasm of our young sporting stars. We can help young athletes bridge the difficult leap from regional to national and international level as they start to become ready for senior competition”.
“We are delighted to continue to work in partnership with SportsAid, who provide vital links between us and national governing bodies of sport. Working with SportsAid ensures our funding becomes part of the national talent development programmes, which is important for all sports and young sporting talent”.
SportsAids Chief Executive Tim Lawler adds, “Working with the GLL Sport Foundation enables us to help more young athletes and ensure the right people are funded at the right time”.
To be eligible for a grant, young sportsmen and women must live or be in education in a partnership where GLL or its partners operate; or be affiliated to a sports club that has a training base at a GLL or partner operated sport and leisure venue.
To apply and find out further details of the scheme please go to the GSF website at www.gllsportfoundation.org. Applications for 2015 awards are open until 20th February 2015.
Each of the successful applicants will benefit from financial and or training awards. Financial awards of up to £1,250 will support athletes associated travel, competition and equipment costings during the next 12 months. Recipients will also benefit from sports performance support and training awards that allow free sporting access to more than 140 sport and leisure venues managed by GLL and partners across the UK.