GRANTS of up to £250 are available for talented young sportspeople, to help them achieve sporting success and reduce the bills associated with playing sport.
The application period is now open for this year’s Sir Arthur Marshall Future Champions Programme, which is aimed at young sportspeople competing at county or regional level, and is administered by Cambridge City Council and sponsored by Marshall of Cambridge.
The criteria for eligibility for grants are as follows:
- Applicants should be aged from 11-25 years
- They should be competing at county or regional level
- They must live in Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire
- Priority is given to Olympic and Paralympic sports
- The majority of applicants’ training must take place in Cambridge. The closing date for applications to this year’s scheme is 5pm on Friday 26 July.
The awarding panel for the programme will then meet in early August to consider applications received, and award grants of between £50 and £250 to cover the cost of things like coaching, equipment, travel and entry fees.
An awards ceremony for successful applicants is to be hosted by Sir Michael Marshall at Cambridge Airport on Wednesday 18 September. All applicants need to ensure they can attend to receive their funding.
Since the programme began, it has helped fund a variety of athletes competing in a range of sports including swimming, judo, triathlon, table tennis, athletics, diving, tennis, kayaking and more.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “The Future Champions fund really does support young sportspeople and help them achieve their goals, and I want to thank Marshall of Cambridge for their support of this excellent project.
“I would encourage any young sportspeople who think they would benefit from a grant to apply to the Future Champions scheme, and I will look forward to meeting the successful applicants in September to celebrate their achievements.”