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‌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 - Sport England - recognised sports

On application, athletes must provide: 

  • A letter or email direct from your National Governing Body confirming involvement at national level (please note web links will not be accepted as evidence but may be submitted as additional supporting information)

  • Photograph – emailed to

If you would like to apply for the scheme please complete the ‌Application Form 2019 and return it to the address given with all the required evidence requested. Individuals must reapply for the FANS scheme every 12 months.

Rushcliffe Elite Sports Grant

The Rushcliffe Elite Sports Grant is available to support a small number of athletes with a grant of up to £400.  The aim is to alleviate some of the financial burden that competing at an elite level places upon individuals and families as this is often a barrier to achievement. 

Funds may 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.

Priority will be given to competitors in sports or disciplines represented at the Olympic & Paralympic Games or Commonwealth Games.

Applications to the grant scheme are being encouraged from athletes who are currently performing at international level within their sport.  To accompany the application, a confirmation letter from their National Governing Body confirming their level of performance is to be submitted – without this, we will be unable to consider the application.

Applicants must be:

  • a resident of Rushcliffe Borough OR go to school within the borough
  • 14 years old or over
  • competing in a Sport England recognised sport
  • competing for their country/in the national training squad in their chosen sport (This varies with different sports but you should, at least, be competing with performers from other counties in your sport, in recognised competitions)
  • Amateur status
  • Fully endorsed by their National Governing Body and National or International coach (who must be suitably qualified and affiliated).

For more information, please see:  Elite Sports Grant Eligibility and Criteria

Applications to the 2019 grant closed on 31 January 2019, with the folowing athletes receiving a grant to support their journey as an elite athlete. 

Henry Chiu – Taekwondo Poomsae

Henry is the current British National Champion and was part of the Poomsae teamHenry Chiu that represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Taiwan in November 2018.




Isaac Raizada – Short Track Speed Skating

Isaac finished 2nd at the British Championships and represented Great BritainIsaak Raizada at the Junior European event in November 2018, finishing 8th.




Jacob Clark – Athletics

Jacob is ranked number one in the Country for Pole Vault in the U17 age group.  Jacob ClarkHe won Gold medals at the School Games and represented England at the Schools International Athletic Board (SIAB) Home International.



Josh Pavis - Hockey

Josh is a member of the Great Britain Elite Development Squad and is a member of the EnglandJosh Pavis under 21 squad, which won a silver medal at the U21 World Cup in 2018.




Julia Kang – Touch Rugby

Julia is a member of the England Touch Rugby National Squad and won a silver medalJulia Kang with the senior mixed team at the European Championships in July 2018.  She has been selected to play at the World Cup in Malaysia in April.



Liam Jury - Gymnastics

Liam is part of the British Gymnastics World Class performance programme.  Liam JuryHe represented Great Britain at the Austrian Futures Cup where he finished 5th individually in the all-round category and 4th place team finish.


Lucy Snape – Touch Rugby

Lucy is a member of the England Touch Rugby National Squad and won a gold medalLucy Snape with the Women’s 27’s team at the European Championships in July 2018.  She has been selected to play at the World Cup in Malaysia in April.



Macy Kang – Canoe Slalom

Macy is ranked 2nd in the Country in her age groupMacy Kang and is part of the England U18 National Training Squad.



Marcus Chewings - Karate

Marcus is part of the SKI-GB National Training Squad and has been selected as part of theMarcus Chewings karate National Team at the World Championship, which is taking place in the Czech Republic in July.

Miki Marciniak – Canoe Sprint

Miki Marciniak Miki is a member of the Olympic Development Programme for Canoe Sprint and is part of the U23 selection process for the World Championships in Poland and Germany in May.



Rachel Heap - Rowing

Rachel HeapRachel is on the British Rowing Olympic pathway and finished 5th at the U23 European Championships in 2018.  She will be representing Great Britain at the U23 European Championships and World Championships in 2019. 



Rebeka Simon – Canoe Sprint

Rio Olympian Rebeka is nationally ranked top of the senior Women’s Kayak Class for Canoe Sprint.Rebeka Simon  She picked up a bronze medal at the U23 European Championships and finished 13th at the World Championships in 2018.  She will be competing at the Senior World Championships in 2019, which will act as an Olympic Qualifier for Tokyo 2020.



Reilly Vernon – Canoe Slalom

Reilly VernonReilly is part of the British Canoeing National Talent Programme and represented Great Britain at the junior selection series where he finished in 15th place.



Sadi Meakin – Touch Rugby

Sadi is a member of the England Touch Rugby National Squad and won a gold medalSadi Meakin with the Women’s Open team at the European Championships in July 2018.  She has been selected to play at the World Cup in Malaysia in April.



William Orton - Karting

William competes at national level racing and was one of two karters selected to compete for GBWill Orton at the World Championships, where he had several top ten finishes and a final finish of 26.



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