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GLL, the UK’s largest charitable, social enterprise and leisure operator has been supporting young sports people in Newcastle during 2018 through their funded athlete programme, the ‘GLL Sport Foundation’. 

As applications for the 2019 programme are opening soon, we’re taking a look back at some of the outstanding achievements from our North East 2018 recipients.

Case Study: Adam Wilson

2018 has been a busy year for Newcastle Swim Team member Adam Wilson.  Not only has he been juggling a packed training schedule alongside his GCSE revision, he has competed in several major swimming events, including his first ever open water swim.

Adam qualified in the 1500/800/400 freestyle, 200/400IM and 200 fly for the 17/18 year old category at the British Summer Nationals, where he came 8th in the 400m final and 6th in the 1500m free style.

Up for an even greater challenge, Adam competed in his first ever open water swimming event, which he undertook with no prior training, as he didn’t want to disrupt his normal training schedule.  He qualified for the 5k Open water again competing against the best 17/18 year olds in the country.  This was also his first 5k competitive swim so understandably he was really pleased to finish 17th in the whole event and 8th in the 17/18 year old category.

Adam trains with the Newcastle Swim Team at Better, West Denton Leisure Centre and Better, East End Pool.   The funding provided by the GLL Sport Foundation allowed him to purchase a wetsuit for his open water swim event and the remainder is going towards a swim camp he attended with the club in Mallorca in October.

Adam said “The funding from GLL has supported my goal to swim for GB and helped me financially to enter competitions and to strengthen this possibility. It also helped me to attend an overseas camp in October 2018 to allow me to train harder and push me to my limits.”

To apply for the 2019 programme and to find out more, visit the website portal – https://www.gllsportfoundation.org/


About the GLL Sport Foundation

The GLL Sport Foundation is an athlete focussed programme providing athletes across the UK with tangible support to aid their sports performance, including training membership access to over three hundred venues across the UK, access to physio and injury rehab and financial awards up to the value of £1,250.

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 ensure that the Foundation can make the 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.