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 have now been assessed and the following athletes have been successful:
Joel Leon Benitez – Athletics (Pole Vault)
At just 15, Joel is the current U17 National Indoor Champion, is currently 7th on the all-time U17 rankings and has already jumped the qualification height for the World Youth Championships in 2015.
Ellie Brazil – Athletics & Football
In athletics, Ellie is the current English Schools National Champion in the 800m. She also represents England U15 Schoolgirls in football and was awarded her first England cap at Hampden Park in April.
Daniel Evans – Canoe Slalom
Daniel is a member of the Canoe England Performance Squad and competed for GB at the Junior and U23 World Championships and the Junior and U23 European Championships, where he was a member of the junior team that took the title and gold medal.
Rowan Law – Rowing (Skuller)
Rowan is a member of the junior GB rowing squad and won a gold medal in the GB V France match and helped the GB team win the Coupe de la Jeunesse trophy.
Thomas Leatherland – Taekwondo Poomsae
Thomas is part of the team that took the National title at the British National Championships in February. He has been selected to represent GB at the European Championships and is currently ranked number 2 in his category.
Ashleigh Plumptre – Football
Ashleigh has represented England a total of 17 times at age groups U15 and U17. She recently played for England at the UEFA Women’s U17 European Championships and in the Nordic Cup.
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:
- Bingham Leisure Centre
- Cotgrave Leisure Centre
- East Leake Leisure Centre
- Keyworth Leisure Centre
- Rushcliffe Leisure Centre
- Rushcliffe Arena
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.