Sporting Grants Available To Help You Reach The Top
Nottinghamshire County Council is playing its part to ensure the local current and future sports stars have the financial support they need by launching the 2017 Grant Aid Sports Fund for Talented Athletes this week.
The fund provides grants to help the county’s most talented sportspeople to overcome the financial hardship that can come with competing at the top level in sport.
Grants of up to £400 are available for sportspeople of all ages, provided they have represented their country in a sport recognised by Sport England within the last eight months and/or are ranked in the top five nationally in their age group.
Funding can be provided for a variety of uses, including specialist coaching, competition entry fees and extra equipment.
Previous local sports stars to have received the funding, include gymnasts, Sam Oldham, Becky Downie and Ellie Downie; swimmers, Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw; athlete, Richard Whitehead; show jumper Sophie Wells and rising tennis star, Freya Christie.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The success of sportsmen and women from Nottinghamshire puts our county on the map and inspires countless other people to take part in sport and get active.
"But we know that sporting success does not come cheap, with sponsorship and the bank of mum and dad only stretching so far. We want to give Nottinghamshire athletes every possible advantage in reaching and maintaining the very top level in their sport.
“The County Council has a long record of supporting both sports clubs and talented individuals. I am proud that this continues to contribute to the amazing success enjoyed by lots of Nottinghamshire’s sporting stars and teams over many years.”
In total, 43 Nottinghamshire sportspeople received a talented athlete grant in 2016/17.
18 year old Georgie Boyce (pictured), a female cricketer from Hucknall, also received a grant in 2016/17.
The all-rounder, who has represented England Women's Senior Academy, Nottinghamshire and Loughborough Lightning, said: "I am lucky to be sponsored by Gunn and Moore, who provide all my cricket equipment but there is stil a huge outlay for coaching, travel and playing which the County Council grant has gone a long way towards helping me with."
Applications can be made now at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/talentedathletes
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 17 July.
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