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Ahead of a huge year of UK and World sport in 2020, Islington’s next generation of title-chasing athletes can apply for support in going for gold in the big events next year, thanks to the GLL Sport Foundation, the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme.

The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), launched in 2008, by charitable social enterprise, GLL – operator of public leisure facilities in Islington - 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 and World Champion Anthony Joshua and double Paralympic medallist Lucy Shuker. 

At the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, GSF-supported athletes won a total of 22 medals.

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 https://www.gllsportfoundation.org/ from 20th December 2019 to 20th February 2020.

About GLL/Better:

Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Operating under the Better brand, we manage over 270 public sport and leisure centres, 113 libraries and 10 childrens centres in partnership with 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations.  GLL has 850,000 members and welcomes 54 million customer visits per year.

Alongside our core leisure and library divisions, we also operate in sport and legacy development, health intervention and education - as well as running the GLL Community Foundation focussed on supporting local projects and the GLL Sport Foundation; the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, focussed on supporting today’s and tomorrow’s athletes.