Young sport stars com­pete for £1m

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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