GLL, the UK’s largest charitable, social enterprise and leisure operator has been supporting young sports people in Newcastle during 2018 through our 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: Nick Pyle

2018 has been a very successful year for local swimmer Nick Pyke.  He kicked off his achievements with his first gold medal in February at the British Championship in Edinburgh, competing in the 50 metres backstroke. 

June saw him heading to Finland as part of Team GB, competing in the European Juniors event.  Here he picked up a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke and silver medal from the mixed medley relay. 

Soon afterwards Nick was selected to take part in the European senior’s event in Glasgow where he made the semi-finals of the 50 meter backstroke.  He also received another gold medal for my part in the heats of the mixed medley relay. He topped of this event by competing in the backstroke leg of the Men’s medley relay alongside Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott and James Guy, where they won the gold medal.  Not only that, they also broke the championship record for this event. 

In relation to the support Nick has received this year from the GLL Sport Foundation, Nick said “I am very grateful for the help the GLL has given me. To achieve the best results you need to train hard and it also helps to be able to get the best equipment, which can be expensive. The support I was provided with by the foundation helped me in achieving what I have in 2018.”

To apply for the 2019 programme and to find out more, visit the website portal – 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.