Young sport stars compete for £1m
TALENTED young sporting stars from Chiltern are being urged to apply for a share of a £1million funding pot to help them realise their dreams.
The athletes have until Friday, February 20 to apply for financial awards of up to £1,250 each.
The funding comes from the GLL Sport Foundation, the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, operated by charitable social enterprise, GLL.
With 76 per cent of awards going to athletes under the age of 21, the programme works in partnership with national governing sports bodies, through the national charity SportsAid, to support the next generation of sporting talent.
Last year, the GLL Sport Foundation supported 1,500 athletes, including 39 from Chiltern.
These athletes included 26-year-old Michaela Staniford, from Amersham, who is an England rugby player and captain of the sevens side.
She was awarded the IRB Women’s Player of the Year awards in 2012 and is now focussed on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Miss Staniford said: “The GLL Sport Foundation award helps reduce the pressures of sporting life.”
Another supported athlete is 16-year-old Kyle Kothari, from Amersham, a junior Great Britain diver who achieved a sporting feat last year when he competed in the World Junior Championships and returned with a silver medal in the 10m platform competition.
He said: “The GLL Sport Foundation award helps support my progress in training and diving.”
Financial awards of up to £1,250 will athletes pay for associated travel, competition and equipment costings during the next 12 months.
Recipients will also have free sporting access to more than 140 sport and leisure venues managed by GLL and partners across the UK, including Chesham Leisure Centre, Chiltern Pools in Amersham, Chalfont Leisure Centre in Chalfont St Peter and The Beacon Sports Centre in Beaconsfield.
To apply or for more information, visit www. gllsportfoundation.org.