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Don’t miss out on Talented Athletes funding

Posted: Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:37

Don’t miss out on Talented Athletes funding

Budding local Olympians and Paralympians can still apply for the latest round of Nottinghamshire County Council funding to help propel them even further in their chosen sport.

The latest round of Nottinghamshire County Council's Talented Athletes Fund is open until 14 October 2019 offering grants of up to £400 for Nottinghamshire athletes who have represented their country at national athletic events in the last year.

The Talented Athletes Fund is part of the County Council's Local Improvement Scheme which offers financial help and support to local communities.

Grants are available to pay for travel, training, accommodation, competition and coaching fees and kit costs. Last year 121 of budding sports stars benefitted from more than £21,000 worth in sports grants last year.

These included:
• Britain's fastest short track speed skater for his age, Willem Murray - Willem received a Talented Athlete grant for £400. This grant has contributed towards competition fees, travel fees, equipment costs and coaching fees.
• Skater Robynne Tweedale who represents GB, from Mission, near Retford
• Athlete Lee Thompson, the European U23 4x400m champion, from Carlton-in-Lindrick, Worksop
• Kimberley climber Martha Lubczynskyj, who has represented GB
• Toton siblings Connor, Erin, and Anna Green, English table tennis stars.
"The trio have been competing this year at events in England, Latvia, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. The funding from Nottinghamshire County Council has helped towards the costs of these trips."
• Joshua Plumridge, GB U18 handball player from Carlton. His mum Anne Jardine said:
"Personally, the cost of fees, competition, travel at home and abroad and kit and physio increases as Josh progresses. Therefore, Nottinghamshire County Council's Talented Athlete's grant is a massive help towards the yearly costs."
• Mansfield's British Championship speed skater Sam Lloyd
• GB Under 20 fencer, Ed Howlett from Farndon, said,
"My grant from Nottinghamshire County Council's Talented Athletes Fund has been well spent - fencing is an expensive sport and every contribution helps."
• Phoenix Weir, GB tennis player from Bingham. He dad, Alastair, commented
"The funding helps towards improving his world ranking.
This year he has achieved a Great Britain ranking of 7 in his second of four seasons and is the highest ranked player in his season. He has won National and International tournaments."

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "The Talented Athletes Fund is a great opportunity for young athletes to secure funding to help them with their training costs at this exceptionally high level. .
"In Nottinghamshire, we are proud of our sporting heritage and want to encourage as many young people to achieve at the highest level that they possibly can."
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 Handley continued,
"Becoming a top athlete requires immense talent, dedication, coaching and family support. But there's another important element that sometimes gets overlooked – and that's money.
"Having access to the best coaching and equipment does not come cheap. And travelling around this country and abroad to compete or train can be a huge drain on finances, with sponsorship and home budgets only stretching so far."
The full details of the criteria for funding, which is available to download from the County Council's website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/talented

Applicants must live in Nottinghamshire and have until Monday 14 October to apply.

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