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Talented Athlete Funding

Everyone Active Sporting Champions Funding

Everyone Active is calling for aspiring sports stars to apply for funding and support as part of its Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme. An online application form will be open from Monday 15 January to Friday 16 February.

The scheme helps local athletes to achieve their sporting potential by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice. From grass roots competitors through to Olympic medallists, it has already aided more than 300 people on their sporting journeys.

Successful candidates will be awarded with bronze, silver or gold sponsorship packages. All athletes are provided with free access to Everyone Active's centres across the country, and those on the higher tiers can also receive a sponsorship grant of up to £5,000 to help towards their training and competition costs.

Athletes on the scheme are also given exclusive opportunities to join mentoring sessions led by some of Britain's most influential sports stars. Last year, scheme ambassador and Olympic medal winner, Colin Jackson, hosted a session offering advice on topics including interview techniques, time management and training schedules.

For more information and to apply visit EASportingChampions

Blaby LSA Talented Athlete Support Scheme

As part of the Blaby District Local Sports Alliance's commitment to supporting and developing local talented athletes, the Blaby Talented Athlete Support Scheme aims to support talented sports performers in the Blaby District and encourage them to develop to their full potential. We will do this by offering financial assistance which will enable talented athletes to offset some of the costs associated with competing at a county level in sport.

This a one off funding opportunity to financially support talented athletes currently competing at regional or county level, to provide grants to eligible applicants until there is no funding left. Grants will be awarded at a rate of 50% of the total costs of competing up to £100 per applicant. The grant can be used to offset any costs associated with competing at a county/regional level e.g transport, equipment, coaching costs. Successful applicants are required to submit a case study with photos highlighting what the grant has enabled them to do. The grant will be paid to the applicant by cheque on reciept of all the required evidence.

To submit an application please read through the form below, complete it and return to us via email to leisure@blaby.gov.uk or in the post to Health and Leisure Services, The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane, Huncote, Leicestershire, LE9 3BN. Your application will be assessed at the next available LSA meeting and you will be informed of the panels decisision shortly after. If you require a decision on your applcation before the next available LSA meeting please let us know on your form as we have an elected sub group that can assess your application and provide you with a decision within a shorter time frame. If you would like to discuss your application with us before you complete a form please call us on 0116 272 7703.

GO GOLD Athlete Funding

This grant is co-ordinated by Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport utilising funding provided by Leicestershire County Council.

The GO GOLD Podium Athlete Award is for talented athletes competing at a regional level or higher. The maximum grant available is £1,000 per annum (£750 if you are a member of a team sport) and can only be applied for once in any 12 month period. This award will be paid in four equal installments on receipt of the requested feedback via an online blog.

The applicant should be in full time education, currently competing at regional level or higher including; British, European and World Championships and should be considered by ther National Governing Body as either a potentail Olympic, Paralympic, Special Olympian or Commonwealth Games performing athlete.

Unsuccessful athletes will be referred to the Blaby District LSA Talented Athlete Grant.

For more information contact Health and Leisure - 0116 272 7703 - leisure@blaby.gov.uk

Blaby District Go Gold Athletes

Please see below a list of all the Athletes within the Blaby District that have been successful in receiving Go Gold Podium Funding.

It is great to see such talented athletes achieving recognition for their commitment within their preferred sport.

Lizzie Warner - Archery - Recurve

UK Under 18 Girls Recurve Champion

Chosen by ArcheryGB for BOA's Ambition Programme (only woman archer selected). Visited Rio as part of that selection

Alex Harris - Shooting

Part of the 5 man Home International winning Junior team

Finished in second place in Juniors English Open Single Barrel

Connor Harris - Shooting

English Champion U16 Single Barrel

British Champion U16 Single Barrel

Jordan Elliot - Water Polo

Played for GBR at the European Junior U/19 Championships 2016

Croatian League 1B Champions

Alex Solonenko - Tennis

3rd in national Tennis rankings

Won U14 Doubles in Nationals

Sarah Edwards - Volleyball

2nd place in Volleyball England Beach Tour "Challenger Event"

National individual ranking of 47th

Daisy Platts - Swimming

Qualified for British Olympic Trials in 200m Backstroke

Finalist at British Summer Nationals in 3 events

Kieran Wheatley - Swimming

Junior finalist in individual medley at British Olympic Trials

Selected by British Swimming for the East Midlands Beacon Programme

Cole Lee - Swimming

5th at British Summer Nationals in 50m Backstroke

4th at International Children's Games, Taiwan

Emma Achurch - Athletics (Race Walking)

Competed at the World Race Walking Cup in Rome representing GB

Ranked 1st U20 Woman and 3rd Senior Woman in the UK

To view the full criteria, timescales and to apply for funding from either of these GO GOLD Grant Schemes please visit the LRS website.

To view additional sources of funding for talented athletes please visit the LRS website.