The application period for the 2018/19 Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme closed at midnight on Friday 16th February 2018. Successful applicants were contacted by Everyone Active. The scheme runs from June 1st to May 31st for successful applicants. Athletes are required to apply for the scheme each year in order gain a place. Applications for 2019/20 will open early 2019.
The Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme was launched in November 2016 with the aim to support up-and-coming athletes.
The scheme offers Bronze, Silver and Gold sponsorship packages to assist athletes to achieve national and international success. Sponsorship could provide up to £5000 of funding towards travel, equipment, and competition costs, alongside access to over 150 Everyone Active Leisure Centres located nationwide.
More than 130 athletes were supported in the first year, with currently 300 athletes now on the scheme. The scheme aims to support 500 athletes prior to Tokyo 2020.
Ambassadors of the programme are Olympic medallists Colin Jackson and Steve Parry. This year, the mentoring element of the scheme was launched with the ambassadors joining other sports professionals to deliver a series of exclusive sessions to athletes. These sessions focus on a range of topics from media interviews to nutrition, and money management to physiotherapy.
Wednesday 25th October 2017 marked the first mentoring session, held at Stratford Leisure Centre. Colin Jackson delivered workshops offering advice on promoting themselves in the media and gaining sponsors. Athletes were also joined by The Money Charity, who provide athletes with the essential skills they need to manage their finances.
Athletes on the scheme also benefit from a new website including an exclusive content area, as well as the latest news about their fellow athletes' training and progress. The website's key feature is ‘Book with Colin'. Athletes are able to arrange a telephone call with Colin Jackson to ask for advice and guidance on a variety of subjects, giving them the unique opportunity to get first-hand advice from an Olympic medallist.
Please contact Bethany Cox from Everyone Active via email regarding the application process - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Everyone Active Sporting Champions website offers further details regarding the Bronze, Silver and Gold level sponsorships.
The Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme has replaced the previous Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Passport to Excellence scheme for 2018. The Sporting Champions scheme will offer greater opportunities for local athletes to improve in their sports. The previous Stratford-on-Avon District Council Passport to Excellence scheme mirrors that of the Sporting Champions ‘Bronze Level' sponsorship. However, athletes performing to an exceptional standard may be eligible for the 'Silver' or 'Gold' level sponsorship.