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Grant funding available for borough's sporting stars

News release 9540, published on 23 Sep 2019
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.


The funding can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements. Those people applying for the grant should be of at least county representative standard and between the ages of 10 and 24.


This year the council has contributed £6,500 to the scheme and a total in excess of £200,000 over the last 31 years.


Grant Aid applicants are also considered for the local sports awards as well as for scholarships and support from 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 schools, clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sports locally. Nominations for the awards are also now open.


The absolute deadline for grant applications and sports awards nominations is Saturday 7 December 2019.


Cabinet Member for Borough Development and Improvement Cllr Rebecca Bean said: “There is so much sporting talent in the borough and the Sports Aid Grant Scheme provides vital support for those young people who live here and are striving to succeed in their chosen sport.


“It is equally important to celebrate the achievements of the many athletes, volunteers and coaches who take part in sport and work so hard throughout the year through the Basingstoke Sports Awards.”


For application and nomination forms and 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 amy.sambell@basingstoke.gov.uk.


Information on those shortlisted for awards will be available on the Basingstoke Sports Council website once nominations have been reviewed by the judges – www.basingstokelsc.org.uk


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