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Supporting the sporting county with grants up to £400 for local athletes

Posted onPosted on 14th Sep

Calling all talented athletes in Nottinghamshire! Funding is now available to support you in your chosen sport.

The next round of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Talented Athletes Fund opened on Friday), offering grants up to £400 for Nottinghamshire athletes who have represented their country at national athletic events in the last year.

Applications close on 15th October 2018.

The Talented Athletes Fund is part of the council’s Local Improvement Scheme, which offers financial help and support to local communities.

Grants are available to pay for travel, training, accommodation, competition and coaching fees and kit costs.

The council awarded 65 grants worth more than £23,000 in sports grants last year.

Some of last year’s successful recipients have spoken of their delight at receiving funding, and are profiled in separate case studies below. They include:

•Ashfield pole vaulter Felicia Miloro who has represented GB.
•Broxtowe skier Bradley Fry who has competed at a European Cup.
•Ice hockey player Toby Fisher from Gedling, national champion with Nottingham Tigers.
•Olivia Whitelaw, dressage from Newark and Sherwood who has represented GB.
•Rower Rachel Heap from Rushcliffe, representing GB at Under 23 level.
•Rushcliffe athlete Molly Palmer, top in the UK in her age group for 100m.

Coun Gordon Wheeler, vice-chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted to be launching the Talented Athletes Fund. We want young athletes – both male and female – to apply to this fund, so they can receive vital support for their chosen sport.”

Previous local sports stars to have received the funding include gymnasts, Sam Oldham, Becky Downie and Ellie Downie; swimmers, Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw; athlete, Richard Whitehead; show jumper Sophie Wells and rising tennis star, Freya Christie.

Coun Wheeler added: “Some fantastic athletes have benefitted from sports grants from the County Council in the past and young people will immediately relate to these stars.

“I am proud that the county council is playing its part to ensure that current and future sports stars have the financial support they need. Our Local Improvement Scheme provides targeted financial support to help make Nottinghamshire stand out as a place where people can fulfil their ambition. We wish all applicants the very best of luck.”

For details go to www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/talented

The closing date for applications is Monday, 15th October at 5pm.

Pictured is a recipient of county council help already, pole vaulter Felicia Miloro, 17, from Hucknall.

Felicia trains at Notts Athletics Club once a week, as well as at Sutton Harriers Athletics Club and Loughborough Students Athletics Club three times a week.

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