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GLL – the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise and operator of your local leisure facilities in Croydon is supporting the next generation of athletes to the tune of £1.5 million, via The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF). Now in its eleventh year, GSF’s latest investment in today’s and tomorrow’s athletes will take its total support to £10.7 million.

The GLL Sport Foundation supports athletes across 73 areas of the UK. Eligible athletes can benefit from financial support, physiotherapy, gym memberships at GLL’s Better facilities and more.

Applications for the programme are open from December 20th 2018 until February 20th 2019 and athletes from the Croydon area are encouraged to apply. Last year, the GLL Sport Foundation, in partnership with Croydon Council, supported 43 local athletes, including sprinter Chad Miller. 

Chad stated how the GLL Sport Foundation has helped him through his sporting career, “Thank you for the support, it will help me so much on my road to winning the world junior champions, this is my aim and with the support given for my training and transport I believe it is now achievable".

The GLL Sport Foundation is the UKs largest independent athlete support programme. Since the programme launched in 2008, it has provided over 16,000 athlete awards at a total support value of £9.2 million by 2018. 72% of supported athletes were aged under 21 and the programme supports athletes across all Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sports. Most importantly 90% of the athletes supported do not receive any other funding.

Athletes from Croydon can apply for support through the GLL Sport Foundation via the online portal at GLL Sport Foundation

Applications close 20th February 2019.