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Rushcliffe elite athlete grant applications are open

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 £300 that aim to reduce some of the financial burdens 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.

Applications to the grant scheme are being encouraged from athletes who are currently performing at the 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 Monday February 13 to apply at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ESG2023 and must be:

    • A resident of Rushcliffe Borough 
    • 14 years old or over
    • Competing in a Sport England recognised sport 
  • Part of the NGB performance pathway and competing for a Home Nation Country (GB, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) and/or in the national training squad in their chosen sport (This varies with different sports but applicants should, at least, be competing with performers from other counties in their sport, in recognised competitions)
  • Amateur status
  • Fully endorsed by their National Governing Body and National or International coach (who must be suitably qualified and affiliated)
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To accompany the application, a photograph and confirmation letter from their National Governing Body confirming an athlete’s level of performance is required. 

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan said:

“We’re proud that Rushcliffe is a great place for sport and home to a diverse range of sports clubs and teams.

“The Borough also boasts state-of-the-art training facilities including our £1.2m newly developed Gresham Sports Park which is accessible for all.

“With such a big talent pool here in Rushcliffe it’s fantastic that we can offer some financial support to local athletes with their future sporting aspirations.

“All eligible sportspeople can apply on our website before the February 13 deadline. We anticipate a large number of applicants, so we encourage you to provide as much information as possible to support your application.” 

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