Elite athletes

Rushcliffe Elite Sport Sponsorship Grant

Each year the Rushcliffe Elite Sports Sponsorship Grant supports up to five athletes (or teams) with a sponsorship grant of £500.  The aspiration of the grant is to alleviate some of the financial burden that this places upon individuals and families as this is often the barrier to achievement.

Awards are made to successful applicants who are currently performing at international level within their sport to 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 for the 2014 Elite Sport Sponsorship Grants are now open, the deadline for applications is 16 May 2014.  For more information please download the eligibility and criteria document and application form.

The following athletes were awarded the Rushcliffe Elite Sports Sponsorship Grant in 2013:

Sophie Coldwell - Triathlon 

In 2012 Sophie became the National Junior Super Series Champion and the National Junior Tri Champion.  As a member of the GB Youth girls relay team Sophie competed at the Europeans in Spain in September 2012 where the team won bronze, she also won an individual bronze at the European Cup in July 2012.  Sophie competed in the World Championships in New Zealand in October 2012 with an overall finish of 15th and she represented GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January 2013 finishing 8th in the individual category and winning team bronze (relay).


Matthew & Daniel Evans - Canoe Slalom Dan Evans

Matthew and Daniel have both been selected to the GB U23 team and will be competing at the Junior and U23 World Championships in Slovakia in July and the Junior and U23 European Championships in France in August. 

Daniel achieved promotion to the Premier Division in three disciplines – kayak, Canadian singles & Canadian doubles, finished 8th at the Junior & U23 World Championships in July 2012 and 13th at the Junior & U23 European Championships in Sept 2012. 

Matt EvansMatthew finished in 3rd place at the British Championships, has been listed as a reserve boat for the senior GB team and achieved qualifying standard to compete in trials for the 2014 Senior/U23 GB canoe slalom team.




Chris Proctor - Hockey‌ Chris Proctor 3‎‌

Chris is a regular 1st XI team player at Beeston Hockey Club competing at the top level in the National League - the team won the National League title in the 2012/13 season.  He is also a member of the U18 club team and was part of the team that won the National Indoor U18 Club Championship in April 2013 and the team who were runners up in the National Outdoor U18 Club Championship in April 2013.  Chris represented England at the 4 Nations Valencia U18 Competition and he is hopeful to represent England at the U18 European Games in Vienna in July.  At just 17, Chris is currently training with the England U21 squad and is hopeful to represent at U21 level later in 2013.


Livvy Tomkins - Tennis Livvy Tomkins

Livvy is nationally ranked in her age group and, at just 14, is starting to compete regularly on the U18 International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior circuit.  She was selected as part of the GB team that competed at the U14 Tennis Europe Windmill Cup in The Netherlands in July 2012 and at the U14 Tennis Europe Hasselt in Belgium in August 2012 – reaching the last 16 in the singles and the quarters in the doubles in both competitions. Livvy is the current doubles champion at the U14 British Junior National Championships and reached the semi-finals at the UK Winter National U14 Tournament in Nov 2012 and the UK Winter National U14 Tour Masters Final in Jan 2013.


Thomas Leatherland – Taekwondo Poomsae Thomas Leatherland

Thomas was selected to join the GB National squad and competed in Finland taking silver in the synchronised male team. He became National U17 Champion in February 2013, winning gold in both individual and team categories. Thomas also competed for GB at the European Championships in April coming 10th and will be competing for GB at the Austrian Open Poomsae Championships and the Northern Ireland Poomsae Championships.


Rushcliffe FANS (Free Access to National Sportspeople) Scheme

The FANS scheme provides sports people who compete at a national level or equivalent with free access to the fitness, swimming and aerobics for 12 months* at the following sports facilities in Rushcliffe:

*Normal terms and conditions apply as with the standard Rushcliffe Borough Council health and fitness membership package.

The scheme aims to help elite athletes achieve their full potential by reducing the financial burden of training costs. Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the scheme:

  • A current national sportsperson (national is deemed as someone who represents their country/a member of the national team in their chosen sport OR listed in the top ten of the national age group in their chosen sport).
  • A resident in Rushcliffe Borough for the majority of the year
  • Competing in a Sport England recognised sport - http://sportengland.org/about_us/how_we_recognise_sports/recognised_sports.aspx

On application, athletes must provide: 

  • Supporting evidence from the National Governing Body or National Squad Coach confirming involvement at national level
  • Photograph – emailed to sportsdevelopment@rushcliffe.gov.uk

If you would like to apply for the scheme please complete the FANS application form and return it to the address given with all the required evidence requested to ensure that the application efficiently. Individuals must reapply for the FANS scheme every 12 months.

Rate this page

How do you rate this information / service?
This page is okay
This page needs improving

Contact Us

Contact Us

Rushcliffe Borough Council Customer Services