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County council fund to give athletes and clubs a sporting chance

Posted onPosted on 15th Jun
County council fund to give athletes and clubs a sporting chance

Nottinghamshire County Council is inviting sports clubs and talented athletes to apply for funding from its Sports Fund.

The fund aims to help talented individuals overcome the financial barriers associated with being an international level athlete, as well as helping local clubs to encourage more people to get involved in sport and recruit and develop new and existing coaches and volunteers.

Funding available is:

•Grants of up to £400 for Talented Athletes who have represented their country in a sport recognised by Sport England within the last eight months and/or are ranked in the top five nationally in their age group. To apply go to

•Grants of up to £2,000 over two years for Club Development projects to help increase the number of people taking part, recruit and develop more volunteers and contribute to recognised qualifications for coaches. To apply, go to

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 1 August.

Talented Athlete grants can be for a variety of uses, including specialist coaching, competition entry fees for individuals or facility hire and extra equipment for clubs.

Previous recipients of funding from the County Council have included gymnasts Sam Oldham, Becky Downie and Ellie Downie, swimmers Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw, Paralympians Richard Whitehead and Sophie Wells and rising tennis star, Freya Christie.

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Chairman of the Grant Aid Sub-Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Our Sports Fund grant schemes create opportunities for people to take part in sport at a grassroots level and provide essential support to our most talented athletes, whose success inspires others from throughout the county.

“The County Council has a proud record of supporting both sports clubs and individuals over many years, which has contributed towards the amazing success enjoyed by Nottinghamshire’s sportsmen, women and teams in recent times.

“I am proud that Nottinghamshire County Council continues to value sport and play an important role in helping local athletes and clubs succeed.”