GRANTS of up to £250 are currently available for talented young sportspeople, to help them achieve sporting success and reduce the bills often associated with playing sport at a county or regional level.
The Sir Arthur Marshall Future Champions Programme, administered by Cambridge City Council and sponsored by Marshall of Cambridge, is open for applications from young people who live in either Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire who play the majority of their sport in the city.
Eligibility criteria for the grants are as follows:
- Age 11-25 years
- Competing at county or regional level
- Athletes must live in Cambridge city or South Cambridgeshire
- Priority given to Olympic and Paralympic sports
- The majority of their training must take place in Cambridge
The closing date for applications for this year’s programme is 5pm on Friday 4 December.
The judging panel for the programme meets in early January to consider applications received, and awards grants of between £50 and £250 which are used to cover the cost of things like coaching, equipment, travel and entry fees.
An online awards ceremony for successful applicants is then due to be held on Tuesday 9 February.
Since the Future Champions 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: “I am very pleased that the council and Marshall are once again supporting Cambridge’s talented young people as they work hard towards sporting success. The Future Champions awards programme recognises the inspirational dedication, ambition, perseverance and potential of young people in our community.
“I’m always so impressed by the stories and achievements of the young people who apply to this programme. It really is fabulous, and I wish all applicants well for future success in their chosen sports.