The application period for the 2019/20 Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme closed on Friday 22 February. Applications will now be processed by the Everyone Active Sporting Champions team, who will contact applicants directly in regards to their application. Applications for the 2020/21 period will open in early 2020.
The Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme was launched in November 2016 with the aim of supporting up-and-coming athletes.
The scheme offers Bronze, Silver and Gold sponsorship packages to assist athletes in achieving national and international success. Sponsorship could provide up to £5,000 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 500 athletes supported over the last four years.
Ambassadors of the programme are Olympic medallists Colin Jackson and Steve Parry. In 2017, 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 25 October 2017 marked the first mentoring session, held at Stratford Leisure Centre. Colin Jackson delivered workshops offering advice to athletes on promoting themselves in the media and gaining sponsors.
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.
Last year, the scheme launched its first Awards Ceremony to recognise athletes' achievements throughout the year. A total of nine awards were given to athletes across regional and national categories including the Sporting Champion of the Year.
Please contact Everyone Active via email regarding the application process - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Everyone Active Sporting Champions website has further details of the Bronze, Silver and Gold level sponsorships.
Successful applicants will be part of the scheme from 1st June - 31st May; recipients of the Sporting Champions scheme are required to apply each year.