£ 50,000 prize pool now open to help talented Nottinghamshire athletes

Funding to support the county’s budding Olympians, Paralympians and Special Olympians opened on Tuesday, November 30, helping overcome potential financial hurdles such as training and equipment costs.

Nottinghamshire County Council has more than doubled its current amount of talented athlete funding to £ 50,000 to help more up-and-coming athletes recognize their potential in the sport of their choice, especially those participating in disability activities / parasports which may require expensive adaptive equipment, clothing or clothing. have higher shipping cost.

Grants of up to £ 1,000 are now available for Nottinghamshire athletes who have represented their country at national sporting events over the past 24 months, which includes a range of sports recognized by Sport England, from skating to swimming speed and fencing in table tennis, and have until December 31, 2021 to apply.

Councilor John Cottee, Chair of the Communities Committee, said: “As a result of such a fantastic Olympic and Paralympic Games for the GB team, we want to support a wider range of local athletes, so we have increased this part of the game. budget of £ 21,000 to £ 50,000. We know that competing at a high level can be very expensive.

“We want to see more Nottinghamshire-based athletes follow in the footsteps of inspiring sports stars such as Charlotte Henshaw of Mansfield, the Tokyo Games Paracanoe champion, who has received support from our Talented Athletes fund on her journey to success.”

Local sports stars who have also previously received this funding include gymnasts Sam Oldham, Becky Downie and Ellie Downie; swimmer Ollie Hynd; athletes Richard Whitehead and Sophie Hahn and rider Sophie Wells.

Jo Salmon, from Southwell, volunteers with the Special Olympics Nottinghamshire committee, which focuses on athletes with learning disabilities.

Plans are taking shape for a Special Olympic network in Notts for 2022, in which Jo is closely associated.

Jo is the mother of 18-year-old Ben, a Special Olympics basketball player / coach with the Nottingham Hoods Sporting Stars and a former student of Southwell Minster School.

Ben has autism and epilepsy. Jo is therefore well aware of the challenges that parents / guardians can encounter in allowing their child to participate in high level sport.

Families may incur running expenses to enable their child to participate, ranging from accommodation and transportation costs to the play kit and participation fees.

She said: “As much as parents like me really want our kids to compete at the highest level in the sport of their choice, that can mean making tough choices.

“When Ben is competing away from home I also have to travel with him as a caregiver and so it can get even more expensive and impact the family at large.

“There are a lot of extra expenses that families often ignore until they get involved in the world of sport.

“I really welcome this funding and am delighted that it is focused on helping athletes with physical and learning disabilities, who often have to pay more due to the very nature of the specialized equipment or of the transport involved.

“I encourage all parents of eligible athletes to apply for the fund as it could make a big difference in helping their child reach their potential and help ease financial headaches.”

Kerryn Chamberlin, Strategic Director of Active Notts, said: “We would love to see aspiring athletes across the county apply for this fund regardless of their background.

“These grants can really help overcome some of the financial challenges that competitive sport creates for people, such as travel costs, equipment, training costs, or even gym memberships. For our local athletes, this opportunity could be their path to competing at the Olympics, Paralympics or Special Olympics, and is not one to be missed.

Cllr Cottee continued, “We have a proud sporting history in this county and I am in awe of the dedication of the athletes who have adapted to find ways to train throughout the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns.

“With everything that has happened over the past year, it is fantastic that this funding is open to athletes based at Notts to apply for up to £ 1,000 to help cover expenses such as travel, l ‘training, competition fees and kit. “

Application deadline is Friday December 31, 2021, so apply now through the Local Government Fund: Talent Athletes Fund 2021-22 | Nottinghamshire County Council

Funding will be allocated to successful applicants from April 2022.

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