Rising sports stars encouraged to apply unique sponsorship scheme

Tuesday 22 January 2019 Rising sports stars encouraged to apply unique sponsorship scheme


Up-and-coming athletes in Ashfield are being given the opportunity to receive funding from a local leisure provider as part of its athletes mentoring scheme.

Everyone Active is urging aspiring sports stars to apply for funding and support as part of its Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme. An online application form will be open from Monday 21 January to Friday 22 February.

The scheme, which is entering its fourth year, has helped over 800 local athletes to achieve their sporting potential by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice.

All athletes are provided with free access to Everyone Active’s centres across the country, and those on the higher tiers of the programme can also receive a sponsorship grant of up to £5,000 to help towards their training and competition costs.

A number of young athletes benefit from the scheme in Ashfield in various sports including Figure Skating, Hockey, Taekwondo and Boxing.

Athletes on the scheme are also given exclusive opportunities to join mentoring sessions led by some of Britain’s most influential sports stars including Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson CBE. In 2018, the scheme hosted two sessions across the country which not only included talks from industry experts but Olympic and Paralympic athletes were also on hand to share their experiences with upcoming athletes.  

Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council says “Funding can make a huge difference to youngsters at the beginning of their sporting careers, by helping to alleviate some of the financial pressures young athletes are able to focus solely on their training. We have some amazing leisure facilities in Ashfield, and with the recent announcement of the new leisure destination in Kirkby the future is bright for young Ashfield athletes. I encourage all aspiring sports stars in Ashfield to apply for the scheme.”

Last year, the scheme launched its first Awards Ceremony to recognise athletes’ achievements throughout the year. A total of nine awards were given to athletes across regional and national categories including the Sporting Champion of the Year.

Everyone Active operates four leisure facilities in partnership with Ashfield District Council and is encouraging local athletes to apply for the scheme.

Paul Dowling, Everyone Active’s regional director, said: “We are proud to have invested over £500,000 in helping upcoming athletes up and down the country to achieve their goals and continue in their sporting career.

“We have excited plans for the future of the scheme and I would encourage any athletes from Ashfield that are looking not just for funding but also mentoring for their future sports career to apply for Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme.”

Applicants should visit www.easportingchampions.com/apply-now/ and fill out the online application form.

For more information about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme please visit www.easportingchampions.com