Now in its third year, Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme is providing even more talented local sports stars with the facilities and funds needed to support their training and help them reach their full potential.
As many as 13 local athletes are now being offered support through the scheme. Among the emerging talent on the scheme are competitive climber Molly Thompson-Smith, tennis player Esah Hayat and power lifter Karen Lai.
Other local sports stars have also been awarded with the scheme’s bronze level sponsorship, which provides them with free access to Westway Sports and Fitness Centre which is operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Westway Trust as well as all of the leisure operators centres nationwide.
Olympic silver medallist, Colin Jackson CBE, is continuing to support the scheme through his role as an ambassador. Alongside some of Team GB’s top talent, he will play an integral part in providing both one-to-one and group mentoring opportunities to the athletes.
Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions helps athletes to achieve national and international sporting success by offering them gold, silver or bronze tiers of sponsorship. These packages provide them with funding of up to £5k to help towards training, equipment, travel and competition costs, as well as access to over 160 Everyone Active leisure centres nationwide.
“It’s fantastic to see such a wealth of upcoming local sporting talent in the area and we are delighted to be supporting these athletes on their journey,” says Everyone Active Contract Manager Alison Norman. “Our Sporting Champions scheme has been very successful in providing exceptional support to emerging talent. It’s fantastic to see that the scheme has now expanded to provide 700 athletes nationwide with access to top-quality training facilities and support. Our aim was to support 500 athletes by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and to have achieved this two years early is just fantastic.”