Thursday, 25 July 2013

£10,000 Grant Pot For Future Sports Stars Announced On Olympic Anniversary

On the eve of the first anniversary of the London Olympics, funding of £10,000 has been announced to help South Cambridgeshire sports stars of the future reach their full potential.

The funding has been announced by South Cambridgeshire District Council in a continuation of its Elite Athlete Grant Scheme.

Since 2009, over 70 young talented sports performers have been awarded more than £50,000 to support their sporting dreams and hopefully follow in the steps of Cambridgeshire Olympic and Paralympic medallists like Robbie Grabarz, Johnnie Peacock and Louis Smith.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support athletes at all stages of their sporting careers, whether they are competing regionally, making steady progress at national level or representing GB in world class events like the Olympics and Paralympics.

Nicholas Beer, a Waterbeach-based triathlete who recently won the British Championships and has qualified for the World Championships in September has been awarded £4,450 from the scheme over four years. He says: “The grants I have received from South Cambridgeshire District Council have been instrumental in helping me achieve my goals and giving me the opportunity to help continue my quest to reach my potential. I am sure this is just the beginning of exciting things to come.”

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council cabinet member with responsibility for sport, said: “I’m delighted to announce the continuation of this scheme and am looking forward to awarding grants to more exceptional young sportspeople with South Cambridgeshire connections.  The talent and dedication shown by our Elite Athletes is phenomenal, and I’m very proud of the part we have played in supporting so many young people to excel in their chosen sport.

”As a Council we want to help people achieve their full potential but we are also really focussed on trying to get more people more active by giving sport a try.”

Park Life – South Cambridgeshire’s biggest free sporting event of the year – takes place on Sunday 4 August at Milton Country Park where all the family can get a taste for sports from golf and archery to kayaking and paddle boarding. The event begins at 10am and runs until 4pm. There is a £3 charge for car parking at Milton Country Park.

For more information about the Elite Athletes scheme and an application form visit www.scambs.gov.uk/eliteatheletes or call 03450 450 500. Two funding rounds will run this financial year. Applications must be received by Friday 27 September 2013 for grants awarded in October and 28 February 2014 for grants awarded in March. Previous applicants may apply.