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Rising sports stars encouraged to apply for sponsorship scheme


Up-and-coming athletes in Dacorum are being given the opportunity to receive funding from Everyone Active as part of its mentoring scheme.

Everyone Active - who operate Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre, Berkhamsted Leisure Centre, Jarman Park Athletics Track and Longdean Sports Centre in partnership with us - is urging aspiring sports stars to apply for funding and support as part of its Sporting Champions scheme. An online application form will be open from Monday 21 January to Friday 22 February.

The scheme, which is entering its fourth year, has helped over 800 local athletes to achieve their sporting potential by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice.

All athletes are provided with free access to Everyone Active’s centres across the country, and those on the higher tiers of the programme can also receive a sponsorship grant of up to £5,000 to help towards their training and competition costs.

Athletes on the scheme are also given exclusive opportunities to join mentoring sessions led by some of Britain’s most influential sports stars, including Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson CBE. In 2018, the scheme hosted two sessions across the country. There were talks from industry experts and Olympic and Paralympic athletes were on hand to share their experiences with upcoming athletes.  

Duncan Jefford, director of Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme, said: “We are proud to have invested over £500,000 in helping upcoming athletes up and down the country to achieve their goals and continue in their sporting career.

“We have exciting plans for the future of the scheme and I would encourage any athletes from Dacorum that are looking not just for funding but also mentoring for their future sports career to apply for the Sporting Champions scheme.”

Councillor Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We're delighted that Everyone Active is enabling aspiring athletes in Dacorum to get the support they need to achieve their full potential, helping to create the next generation of sporting champions.”

To apply, fill out the online application form. Find out more information about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme.