GLL SUPPORTING TODAY AND TOMORROWS ATHLETES
Charitable social enterprise and the UK’s largest leisure operator is set to support 81 Greenwich athletes in 2018 through their athlete support programme, the ‘GLL Sport Foundation’.
The GLL Sport Foundation is an athlete focussed support programme providing athletes across the UK with tangible support to aid their sports performance, support includes training membership access to over three hundred venues across the UK, access to physio and injury rehab support and financial awards up to the value of £1,250.
Applications for athletes are open until 20th February 2018 via the website portal – www.gllsportfoundation.org
Across the UK it is projected three thousand athletes will be supported in 2018; it will mark a special milestone for the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme as the programme turns ten years, over which period it will have provided sixteen thousand athlete awards at a value of £9million.
The Foundation is directly aligned to National Governing Body of sport talent pathways, and with National partnerships with SportsAid and the Mary Peters Trust it ensures that the right awards are provided to the right athletes at the right time.
These partnerships ensures that the Foundation can make most impact to athletes that are transitioning from national to international level and with 74% of athletes being aged under twenty one and 87% of athletes receiving no other funding support, the impact of the Foundation is significant.
Supported athlete Middle Distance runner Sabrina Sinha aged 18 explained “I am a Junior GB International Athlete who has represented GB 5 times since 2015 both in Cross country and on the track over 1500m at Major International championships. I have consistently won national titles since 2012 and last year I won silver at the European Athletics Youth Championships in the 1500m. My SportsAid funding, which GLL kindly support, enables me to pay for 1:1 S&C sessions which is an invaluable part of my training. It also helps towards physio/ sports massage and travelling expenses. Greenwich Starting Blocks and the GLL Sport Foundation have supported me since day one of my athletics career, and I really appreciate their support not just financial. Their belief in my abilities as an athlete is as valuable as the money that I am awarded. Thank you.”