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Rushcliffe elite athlete grants now available

Athletes across Rushcliffe competing at an elite level are being invited to apply for grant funding to support their goals and help them achieve their full potential in their chosen sport.

The Rushcliffe Elite Sports Grant is available with grants of up to £250 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.

Applications are being encouraged from sportspeople who are currently performing at international level with priority given to competitors in sports or disciplines represented at the Olympic and Paralympic Games or Commonwealth Games, those who have not received a grant in the past, and those experiencing financial hardship. 

Eligible applicants have until Wednesday, January 31 to apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESG2024 and must be:

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  • 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.

A full list of the eligibility and criteria is available at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/eliteathletes

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 Leisure and Wellbeing, ICT and Member Development Cllr Jonathan Wheeler said: said: “We’re pleased to launch our next round of our Elite Sports Grant for sportspeople across the Borough competing at elite level. 

“Rushcliffe is a great place for sport and we’re continuing to support our athletes to assist them with the considerable costs of competing and training so that they can continue to flourish.

“Last year more elite athletes than ever before were awarded with grant funding and it’s inspiring to see so many brilliant athletes here in Rushcliffe from across a diverse range of different sports.

“They work incredibly hard with vigorous training plans and are committed to their sport.

“This New Year we encourage all eligible sportspeople to apply before the deadline of January 31.”


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