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GLL Sport Foundation – Newcastle Case Study: Emily Large

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: Emily Large

17 year old Emily Large has swum competitively all over the world and is certainly a young athlete with a strong future ahead of her.

During the 2017/18 season her international achievements have included competing as a member of the Great British senior team at the European short course championships in Copenhagen, where she was a finalist in the 400IM and the European Champs in Glasgow as a semi finalist in the 200 Butterfly.  

Emily was also the European Junior champion in the 100 Butterfly in Helsinki and champion in the medley relay at the same event.  Added to that, she also competed as part of the silver medal mixed medley relay team.

Her next achievement came when she represented England at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.  Here, Emily competed as a finalist in the 200 Butterfly.

As well as her international accolades, Emily has also received local recognition as the inaugural Young sportsperson of the year at the annual Sport Newcastle Gala.

As a 2018 recipient of GLL Sport Foundation Funding, Emily said “I would like to thank the GLL Sports Foundation for their continued support.  Their support has helped me pay for a warm weather training camp with my club at the BEST centre in Majorca in October.”

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.