Released on 11 January 2018 Press Release
Up-and-coming athletes in Stratford-on-Avon District are being given the opportunity to receive funding from a local sports provider as part of its talent development programme.
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.
It is the third year that Everyone Active, which operates four leisure centres in partnership with Stratford-on-Avon District Council, has run the scheme. It currently supports a number of sports men and women in the area including, triathlete, Corrine Moss.
Duncan Jefford, director of Everyone Active's Sporting Champions scheme, said: "Since we launched the scheme in 2016, we have invested over £300,000 in helping the next generation of sports stars to achieve both national and international success.
"We are committed to offering support and funding for athletes from across the district and I would urge local athletes to apply for Everyone Active's Sporting Champions scheme so that we can help them on their journey."
Cllr Mike Brain, Community and Technical Services Portfolio at Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: "It is wonderful to be able to support local athletes by offering greater opportunities to improve in their respective sports. Their achievements can help inspire others to participate in sport and physical activity, which is vital for health and wellbeing. We look forward to following the sporting careers of our district's athletes."
Applicants should visit www.easportingchampions.com/apply-now/ and fill out the online application form.
For more information about Everyone Active's Sporting Champions scheme please visit www.easportingchampions.com
Successful athletes will be rewarded based on their current level of success with either bronze sponsorship (free access to Everyone Active centres and use of all facilities), silver sponsorship (free access to Everyone Active centres, plus a sponsorship fee of between £200 and £1,000) or gold sponsorship (free access to Everyone Active centres, plus a sponsorship fee of between £1,000 and £5,000).
Everyone Active is the trading name for Sports Leisure Management Ltd (SLM), which operates leisure facilities in partnership with local councils across England.
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