Boost for ath­letes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MORE than 40 ath­letes from Chiltern will ben­e­fit from a UK wide £1.2mil­lion fund – thanks to a char­i­ta­ble so­cial en­ter­prise.

The ath­letes will be sup­ported through the GLL Sport Foun­da­tion (GSF), the largest in­de­pen­dent ath­lete tal­ent pro­gramme in the UK, run with Sport­sAid and Chiltern District Coun­cil.

With the Rio Olympics and Par­a­lympics near, many of the GSF sup­ported ath­letes will use their awards to as­sist in prepa­ra­tion for the Games.

There is one sup­ported Chiltern ath­lete fo­cused on qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Rio 2016 and due to the num­ber of young ath­letes on the pro­gramme there are sig­nif­i­cantly more who are tar­get­ing the 2020 and 2024 Games.

GSF Pa­tron and for­mer Olympic cham­pion Sally Gun­nell said: “It’s vi­tally im­por­tant that we in­spire young peo­ple to ex­cel in sport and har­ness their tal­ent to­wards fu­ture Games. From start­ing out as a young ath­lete and pro­gress­ing through my sport, I know sup­port through devel­op­ment years is cru­cial.”

GLL Sport Foun­da­tion chair Peter Bundey con­grat­u­lated the ath­letes say­ing: “We know first hand the com­mit­ment, ef­fort and sac­ri­fices they are making to har­ness their tal­ent.”

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