Published: Monday, 28th January 2019
Rising sports stars in Broadland can apply for a Sports Champion Grant from Broadland District Council to help with the cost of training or competing this year
The grants are available to people living in the district who are currently competing at a regional level or higher to help with outgoings such as coaching costs, competition entry fees, equipment or physiotherapy.
Grants of up to £125 are available per athlete, with a closing date of Monday 25th February, 2019.
To be eligible, applicants must live in Broadland, be competing at a minimum of regional level and must participate in a sport recognised by Sport England. They cannot have received a Sports Champion Grant from Broadland District Council within the past two years.
Broadland District Council's Member Champion for Sport, Cllr Claudette Bannock, said:
"We are keen to support rising sports stars in the district and hope this funding will help meet some of the costs that go hand in hand with competing at a higher level."
Previous recipients who have benefitted include athlete Serena Grace, of Horsford; baton twirler Tiegan Poynter, of Sprowston; former paralympian Jonathan Drane; and Cantley tennis star Alfie Hewett.
Athlete Iona Lake from Hainford, who received a grant in March 2018, said:
"The Broadland District Council grant could not have come at a better time for me and my running career. After being awarded the grant, I was off to Australia to compete at the Commonwealth Games that same month. I am still unfunded so this grant meant I could afford many things we as athletes need without having to worry so much about my finances."
Another 2018 grant recipient was climber Katie Fisher (pictured), who used the funds to help with the costs of her climbing, coaching, training, equipment, competitions and travel/accommodation outgoings.
All applications must be made on official forms and submitted by post or email. A supporting statement is required from a coach and this can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to the Economic Development team at Broadland District Council. Funds are limited and subject to availability.