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Support for borough’s sporting stars

News release 8319, published on 09 Oct 2018
The borough’s sporting stars are being invited to apply for sports funding through the Sports Grant Aid scheme funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and administered by Basingstoke Sports Council.


This financial assistance can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements as athletes bid for national and international honours.


Those people applying for the grant should be residents of Basingstoke and Deane, of at least county representative standard in their sport and between the ages of 10 and 24 years. This year the council has contributed £6,500 to the scheme and a total in excess of £195,000 over the last 30 years.


Over 70 talented athletes received funding last year including Farah Fonseca, who became the 2018 World’s Strongest Woman in the lightweight category at the World Championships in Oslo and Kaitlin Lafferty, who competed for Great Britain at the European Tumbling Championships, winning team gold and a bronze medal in the individual competition.


Grant Aid applicants are also considered for a scholarship and support scheme provided by local facilities including Basingstoke Sports Centre, the Aquadrome, Golf Centre and Tadley Pool.


In addition to the Grant Aid scheme, every year Basingstoke Sports Council co-ordinates the annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards to celebrate the achievements of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sports locally. Anyone from the community can make a nomination across the different categories available.


The council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Community Safety Cllr Simon Bound said: “It is important that we offer support to our athletes as they work hard to achieve success in their chosen sports.


“The Grant Aid scheme not only celebrates their achievements but looks to assist them in the future, ensuring that they have the opportunity to reach their potential.


“We hope that many local athletes will take up this great opportunity of financial support as they go for gold.


“We also look forward to hearing about the nominations for the Sports Awards from the organising team at the Sports Council. These awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of sports people, volunteers and coaches.”


The deadline for grant applications and sports awards nominations is Saturday 1 December.


For application and nomination forms, or more information regarding the Sports Grant Aid scheme and Sports Awards, please visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/sportsawards or contact Amy Sambell on 01256 845752 or email amy.sambell@basingstoke.gov.uk.

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