Council funds propel South Cambridgeshire athletes to next level

1 September 2017

Budding sporting superstars from South Cambridgeshire can now apply for a Council grant to push their training onto the next level.

Promising able-bodied and disabled athletes can now apply for up to £2,000 in funding via the annual Elite Athlete Award scheme grant.

Grants will be awarded to sportsmen and women competing at every level, from regionally, right through to representing Team GB at world class events like the Olympics and Paralympics.

This year, a total of £10,000 is up for grabs.

The idea is for funding awarded to be used to pay for crucial factors such as equipment, training and travel. Applicants will be asked to set out how they will use the money to help them reach their sporting goals.

29 year old Camille Holland from Dry Drayton, a British Powerlifting Champion, received £800 from last year’s fund.

She said: “I would encourage anyone thinking of applying for financial support to do so.

“The grant really helped me to purchase the necessary equipment I needed as well as to help with travel expenses.

“I couldn’t have achieved what I did last year without the grant.”

British diving champion, 14 year old Ben Cutmore from Abington Pigotts, was also awarded funding last year, receiving a total of £1,000.

He said: “My grant was a huge help in making sure I got the training I needed to progress in my sport.

Without being able to up my game and train six days a week, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”

To be eligible to apply, promising athletes must live within South Cambridgeshire.

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for the awards, said: “I’m really proud that the Council is able to play a part in helping these talented sportsmen and women reach their potential.

“Hopefully this money will pay for that extra piece of equipment, the train tickets or tanks of petrol that will see even more South Cambridgeshire athletes reach the top of their game.

“This funding has been put to really good use in previous years, and we know from testimonies from people like Camille Holland and Ben Cutmore that it really does make a difference.

“I’m also hopeful that residents across South Cambridgeshire will be inspired by these tales of sporting success to become more active themselves.

“We’re really focussed on getting local people involved in exercise and so put on activities to help with that goal, from children’s holiday sports camps to an exercise referral scheme.

Applications for the Elite Athlete award scheme can now be made by visiting this part of the South Cambridgeshire District Council website. 

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2017.

For more information on sport in South Cambridgeshire, visit this section of our website.