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Ahead of a huge year of UK and World sport in 2020, West Oxfordshire’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 West Oxfordshire - 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.

The GLL Sport Foundation supports athletes across 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. This support has contributed to the success at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where GSF-supported athletes won a total of 22 medals.

Last year, the GLL Sport Foundation supported a total of 61 athletes in West Oxfordshire including Janka Penther, who said, “the support from the GLL Sport Foundation has been amazing.”

“The funding allowed me to ramp up my training and in turn I managed to bring back 2 silver medals in my individual swimming events (50m fly and 200m medley) and also 2 bronze medals in the women's relay (4x50m freestyle and 200 medley relay) for Team GB & NI at the World Transplant Games.”

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.”

Athletes from across the UK can apply for support through the GLL Sport Foundation via the online portal at https://www.gllsportfoundation.org/.

Applications close 20th February 2020.