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Last call for young riders in the South

last updated on February 07, 2013 16:30

Last call for young riders in the South

Talented riders across South England have until 20 February to apply for funding for 2013 from the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) – an independent athlete support scheme set up to support the next generation of sporting stars.

Individual financial awards of up to £1,250 will support athletes’ associated training, travel and equipment costs during the next 12 months. Recipients will also benefit from training awards that allow free sporting access to more than 100 sports venues managed by not-for-profit leisure operator GLL and partners. Further application details can be found via the GLL Sport Foundation website.

GSF saw 59 of its supported athletes compete and win 14 medals at London 2012. With the focus now on Rio, GSF is out to help its award recipients realise their sporting ambitions. This year, a GSF funding pot of £500,000 is available to young sports men and women who demonstrate the potential to succeed at international level.

Anthony Joshua, Olympic Gold Medallist and GLL Sports Foundation Ambassador said: “That medal represents my journey and the support from my team. It is much more than a gold medal, it is a life experience”. Alexandra Rickham commented further on her experiences in winning the bronze medal at the Paralympics in the SKUD18 class with partner Niki Birrell; “This Paralympic journey was amazing, I truly appreciate the help and support of the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) over the last few years and look forward to continuing as an ambassador”.

GSF medallists at London 2012 included:
- Anthony Joshua, super heavyweight boxer, Gold
- Zac Purchase, rowing, Silver
- Susie Rodgers, paralympic swimming 3 x Bronze
- Lutalo Muhammad, Taekwondo, Bronze
- Alexandra Rickham, paralympic sailing, Bronze
- Ben Quilter, paralympic judo, Bronze

GSF was launched by legacy operator and charitable social enterprise, GLL, in 2008. Since then, the Foundation has supported over 3,800 young athletes across 60 Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sports with training grants worth over £2million. A further 1,150 young sportsmen and women will be supported during 2013. A massive 90% of GSF award recipients receive no other centralised funding.

To be eligible for a grant, young sportsmen and women must live, be in education or be affiliated to a sports club in a nominated borough or district where GLL or its partners operate. Further details of regions supported and how to apply can be found via the GLL Sport Foundation website.  Applications close on 20 February 2013 so get applying if you're eligible!