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Date posted 28 Sep 2023


On Thursday 21st September 2023, Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex hosted the annual GLL Sports Foundation awards evening to celebrate athletes in Hillingdon being accepted onto the largest independent athlete award programme in the UK. The GLL Sport Foundation celebrates its 15th year in 2023, and continues to be at the forefront of developing local young athletic talent with 25,000 awards totalling £14m having been made since 2008.

The GLL Sports Foundation is supporting 41 athletes in Hillingdon this year with awards including financial bursaries; training and access memberships; and physiotherapy to help athletes with the cost of preparing and competing for national and international competitions. In addition, GLL has partnered with ‘Switch The Play Foundation’ (STPF) to offer holistic mental wellbeing support services to athletes including confidential, emotional support helplines; classes on topics relating to self-care and resilience; and access to video resources, guides and podcasts providing top tips.

The awards evening was a great opportunity to present athletes with their official certificates, to integrate them within the Hillingdon GSF team and to celebrate their successes over the past year. The event was well attended with over 50 attendees present, including 22 Hillingdon athletes as well as special guests Councillor Eddie Lavery, Cabinet Member for Residents Services in Hillingdon and Nicky McDermott, Sports Contract Manager for Hillingdon. All those in attendance were treated to a night of awards; food; sports performances; a VIP athlete Q&A with Commonwealth Silver Medallist Jessica Gordon Brown and much more. Sports Performances included:

  • Gymnastics- The Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centres Gymnastics Team
  • Taekwondo- The London Falcon Taekwondo Team (all performers were GSF athletes)
  • Bollywood Dance- Jaspreet


Overall, it was an inspiring and joyous evening at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex. We would like to congratulate all of the athletes that have been accepted onto the GLL Sports Foundation scheme for the 2023 season. Well done and keep up the good work!

Hillingdon GSF Athletes Overview

41 athletes supported.

£24,650 in value.

98% of supported athletes receive no other central funding.

51% of athletes supported are under the age of 21

29% of athletes are under the age of 16

For more information on the GLL Sports Foundation Scheme please visit: GLL Sport Foundation - Athlete Support Programme