GLL the company name of Better has the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) one of many initiatives we have to invest in communities across the UK. It launched in 2008 after national research showed the annual cost of attaining high national sport rankings averaged £6,000. In many cases, talent was being lost due to financial hardship, with an associated negative impact on local young people, communities and sports clubs. GLL were determined to develop a scheme to counter this problem. Last year, after an increase in promotion, Camden’s total has reached its strongest number, with 40 GSF athletes across 15 disciplines, a 29% improvement on 2018.
It is now open for 2020, if you are regional athlete we are here to support your journey and especially if you are trying to excel on a national level as we appreciate the costs involved. If you want the application form or criteria click the links or to contact someone for more information please email.
Leah O’Connell, a Sports Aid athlete, our highest level of funding, is the fastest national para swimmer across all age groups at 50 metre butterfly and will represent Team GB in May 2020. Charlotte Hyde like Leah is a Camden Swiss Cottage Swim Club para-swimmer. Charlotte and Leah were successful at the London Swimming Championship’s last year. Charlotte won gold in 400 meters freestyle which is not surprising as she is national champion for her age group and won gold in 100 meters too with the same stroke. Leah and Charlotte both have a good chance of going to Tokyo 2020 so it should be an exciting year ahead.
One of our top male athletes is Dominic Ogbechie a 16-year-old world record holder for junior high jump with a height of 2.22 meters (7.28ft). Dominic had a busy year competing in Under 20 international events across Europe in long jump, high jump and sprinting. Dominic’s only sprint event earnt him 2nd place in the 200 meters at World Schools Cup in Croatia. Out of his 10 competitions in 2019, Dominic has won 5 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze.
Benjamin Stezaker one of our many funded fencers won team Gold at Youth 5 nations and is keen to improve on his individual rank in the 2020 British Junior Championships. Kajetan McDonnell ended 2019 11th in Britain but has been number 1 before. Kajetan used the funding to help purchase new fencing equipment which helped him earn a Bronze medal in the U20 at Cardiff. David Sosnov, Paul Sanchez-Lethem and Harry Bird are our other GSF fencers.
Oscar Nilsson-Julien is a ‘top up’ athlete he won a European team podium cycling event Team GB in Belgium. Individually he has 3x National Champion & 2x additional medals- Madison, Points, Scratch, as well as silver in the Individual Pursuit and Bronze in the Sprint. Recently Oscar placed 9th at a World Championships time trial in Yorkshire.
Jesse Chuku grew up in Camden and now plays basketball for Leicester Riders. Jesse is aged 26 and used to be in the Under 20 Team GB squad. Since that moment Jesse has dreamed of representing the Men’s Team GB basketball team and recently he got the call up. Leicester are in the British Basketball League Cup Semi Final where they are eying up glory. Our other basketball athlete is Isaiah Lynn who became a national star not for being in the England basketball squad which is very impressive but for crowdfunding £65,000 to study at Harvard!
Josh Brown plays for Team GB in Water Polo. Sadly we didn’t qualify for Tokyo but there is quiet hope that the sport will be included in the Common Wealth Games.
Catherine Pope plays Ultimate Frisbee for Iceni who qualified for the European Ultimate Club Championship after they won silver medals in the UK Nations. The club hope that the positive experience of playing Europe’s best players will provide the platform they need to win the UK Nations in 2020.
Seth Burket, was a professional footballer for Trinco Titans in Sri Lanka’s North East Premier League. Seth is now on the English Futsal pathway where he has joined Pro Futsal with fellow Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre GSF futsal star Charlie Hyman. Pro Futsal are currently second in the top league and pushing for the title.
Fraser Peh, is one of 9 swimmers to receive the training membership. Fraser is first in his 25-29 age group for 200 meters although he is predominately a medley swimmer who competes on the world stage. The other swimmers we fund are Rosanna Barrett, Antoine Divet (stared for Camden in London Youth Games),his brother Yann Divet (in second photo with his gold medal) Amir Castronovo, Edward Graham, Pavle Stamenkovic, Jean-Jacques Choron, and Alexander Borisov.
Other athletes we fund are 4 tri-athletes (Andrew Oakey, Sarah Cakebread, Adam Bailey and Steven Diffey), 1 ironman (Philip Paterson), 2 tennis players (Louise Fitzpatrick and Ben Jones), 2 Team GB touch rugby players (Steven Madden and Eil Lim), 2 boxers (Robbie Chapman and Laura Weiss) and one ice hockey player (Isabell Whiteley).