Elite athletes across Rushcliffe are being invited to apply for grant funding to support their efforts in their chosen sport.
The Borough Council’s Elite Sports Grant is available with grants of up to £400 that aim to reduce some of the financial burden of competing at an advanced level that can often create a barrier to achievement.
Funds may help with costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment, specialist coaching and other specialist support deemed appropriate by the National Governing Body over the next year.
Applications to the grant scheme are being encouraged from athletes who are currently performing at international level within their sport, with priority given to competitors in sports or disciplines represented at the Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games.
Applicants have until Friday 11th February to apply and must be:
- A resident of Rushcliffe Borough
- 14 years old or over
- Competing in a Sport England recognised sport
- Part of the National Governing Body (NGB) performance pathway and competing for a Home Nation Country (GB, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) and/or in the national training squad in their chosen sport. (This varies with different sports but applicants should, at least, be competing with performers from other counties in their sport, in recognised competitions.)
- Amateur status
- Fully endorsed by their NGB and National or International coach, who must be suitably qualified and affiliated.
To accompany the application, a confirmation letter from their NGB confirming an athlete’s level of performance is also required.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change, Cllr Abby Brennan, said: “Great sport is a key aspect of Rushcliffe and we are delighted to offer this support to elite athletes in the Borough.
“This funding can assist athletes with the considerable costs of competing and training so that they can continue to flourish with fewer financial hurdles.
“We would encourage all eligible sportspeople to apply.”
To find out more and apply, please visit www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/leisure/sportsclubsandcentres/sport/eliteathletes/.