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Friday, 16 April 2021

Grant funding of up to £400 available for elite Rushcliffe athletes

The grant could be used when much elite sport fully resumes once Central Government announces it is safe to do so.

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Elite athletes across Rushcliffe are being invited to apply for grant funding to support their efforts in their chosen sport.

The Rushcliffe Elite Sports Grant is available with grants of up to £400 that aim to reduce some of the financial burden of competing at an advanced level that can often create a barrier to achievement.

Funds may help with costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment, specialist coaching and other specialist support deemed appropriate by the National Governing Body over the next year.

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The grant could be used when much elite sport fully resumes once Central Government announces it is safe to do so.

Applications to the grant scheme are being encouraged from athletes who are currently performing at international level within their sport with priority given to competitors in sports or disciplines represented at the Olympic and Paralympic Games or Commonwealth Games.

Applicants have until February 8 to apply at https://bit.ly/2sPw8ic and must be:

  • a resident of Rushcliffe Borough or go to school within the borough
  • 14 years old or over
  • competing in a Sport England recognised sport
  • competing for their country/in the national training squad in their chosen sport
  • have amateur status
  • fully endorsed by their National Governing Body and National or International coach who must be suitably qualified and affiliated.

To accompany the application, a confirmation letter from their National Governing Body confirming an athlete’s level of performance is also required.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community and The Environment Cllr Abby Brennan said: “We understand that the last year has been incredibly challenging and difficult for sport and athletes and we are therefore determined to offer support wherever we can.

“Great sport is a prominent aspect of Rushcliffe and we are proud to provide funding to athletes to help with grants towards the considerable costs of competing and training.

“We want to ensure their talents can flourish with fewer financial hurdles so all elite athletes are encouraged to apply before the February 8 deadline.”