Sporting Cash Available for Staffordshire’s Future Sports Stars

Calling_all_sports_starsStaffordshire County Council is urging its young sporting talent to come forward and apply for funding from their Young People’s Sports Performance Grant Scheme before the closing date of Friday 1 March.

Each year the Scheme provides funding to support young sports people who either live or go to school in Staffordshire and have proven to excel in their sport.  Last year the Scheme supported 42 young people who have continued to excel in their field and it is hoped that the funding could help young athletes from the county make it on to the next Olympics in Rio.

The grant awarded is used to support the costs of the young people’s training and participation in competitions, including expenses such as travel, equipment and accommodation.

Staffordshire County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities said, “The Scheme was developed with a view to supporting young athletes who were aiming to compete for Great Britain at the London 2012 Games.  We now wish to continue to recognise and support those athletes from the Staffordshire administrative area aiming for future Olympics, Paralympics and major international competitions.

“It is marvellous to see how our Staffordshire Young People’s Sports Performance Grants recipients progress throughout their careers and would be even better to see some of them in Rio in a few years time.”

The Scheme is aimed at young competitors with a date of birth between 1 September 1991 and 31 August 2002 who are a member of their National Governing Body’s Development or Performance squad.  Applications are also welcome from disabled athletes with a date of birth between 1 September 1981 and 31 August 2002.  Priority is given to those who are not yet eligible for other existing funding schemes, such as Lottery funding.

The scheme is supported by Sport across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.  The closing date for applications is 1 March 2013.  Click here to download an application pack, call 01785 619349, or email YPSG@staffordbc.gov.uk.

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