Ahead of a huge year of UK and World sport in 2020, the next generation of title-chasing athletes can apply for support in going for gold in the big events next year. The GLL Sport Foundation, the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme is now open and taking applications.
The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), launched in 2008, by charitable social enterprise, GLL – operator of Better the public leisure facilities in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and across the UK - helps aspiring sporting talent fulfil their potential. Supported athletes can benefit from financial support, physiotherapy, gym memberships at GLL’s Better sport and leisure facilities and more.
GSF supports athletes across its regional network in 73 areas of the UK. In 2019, GSF supported over 3,000 athletes across 117 sporting disciplines, taking its total investment to £11 million in 11 years.
Previously, this support has contributed to the success of athletes including Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion Boxer Anthony Joshua OBE, Team GB Track Athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton and Paralympic Champion Swimmer Ellie Simmonds.
At the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, GSF-supported athletes won a total of 22 medals. GSF currently support a number of divers who are training for the Olympics at the London Aquatics Centre, including World Champion Tom Daley a previous GSF recipient.
Sally Gunnell OBE, Patron of GLL Sport Foundation said: “It’s fantastic to see the continued support of athletes across the UK through the GLL Sport Foundation.
“GSF recognises the difficulty that many talented athletes face in getting the necessary support to take the next step into elite competition, with 96% of GSF athletes receiving no additional funding. With a massive year of sport coming up, this support will be even more important as many athletes begin to target major honours.”
Peter Bundey, Chair of GLL Sport Foundation added: “As a social enterprise, GLL continues to invest in these talented athletes within our communities through the GLL Sport Foundation. We are proud to once again partner with the Mary Peters Trust, SportsAid and SportsAid Wales to support the next generation of medal contenders and we are excited to receive this year’s applications.”Applications can be submitted via the GLL Sport Foundation website and close on 20 February 2020.