You are here :

Elite athletes

‌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 -

On application, athletes must provide: 

  • Supporting evidence from the National Governing Body or National Squad Coach confirming involvement at national level
  • Photograph – emailed to

If you would like to apply for the scheme please complete the ‌Fans Application Form vJan17  and return it to the address given with all the required evidence requested. Individuals must reapply for the FANS scheme every 12 months.

Jacob Barrett – Canoe slalom

Jacob is a member of British Canoeing’s English National Talent Squad for canoe slalom working towards representing GB at U18, U21 and full international status. In July he represented England in the European Junior Cup slalom in Slovakia and the Czech Republic as well as representing England in the Pan Celtic Cup in August.

Joel Leon Benitez – Pole vault

Joel is a national standard athlete competing in the pole vault. At just 17, he placed 6th in the British Senior Championships and represented England in the U20 Home Counties Tournament in February where he picked up a bronze medal.

Jack Crowston – Ice hockey

Jack represented England in Ice hockey at U14, U15 and U16 level this year and has been selected to trial for the U16 GB team. His aspirations are to continue playing at the highest standard possible and to continue his success in to adult ice hockey.

Ellie Downie – Gymnastics

Ellie is a member of Notts Gymnastics Academy and was selected for Team GB at the Rio Olympics where she placed 5th in the team event and qualified to the All Around Final finishing in a creditable 13th place. She won gold at the World Cup held in Croatia and medalled at the European Championships, the World Championships in Glasgow and the Senior British Championships.

Zach Pearson – Kayak and canoe

Zach is the British Champion in the J16 and J15 Kayak and the J16 and J15 Canadian disciplines for canoe slalom and is on the British Canoeing GB talent pathway programme. He aspires to take part in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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