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07 October 2019

Race is on to find future sporting superstars

We know that this funding, no matter how small, can make a huge difference to these young people as they compete for top honours both now and in the future

Cllr Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Leisure

Wiltshire Council is once again offering grants to fund young athletes in their quest for success.

Over the past six years, 39 potential future champions in the county have benefited from funding, and the hunt is now on to find more sporting stars of the future.

Sports Scholarship grants of £500 are available for Wiltshire athletes aged between eight and 18 who are competing at regional or national level.

Funding can be used on equipment, coaching or on any other costs linked to their sport.

Last year's recipient Eirlys Jones from Malmesbury said, "I was so grateful to receive this grant as it gave me a boost to know that I had the support of my local community. It meant that I could attend a two-week training camp in Sochi, Russia at the Olympic Park with Team Wales which was an amazing experience that will help me to continue to improve my techniques and skills".

Cllr Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Leisure said: "We know that this funding, no matter how small, can make a huge difference to these young people as they compete for top honours both now and in the future. Funding for the grant has been raised through the Wiltshire Business and Sport Gala Dinner and we would like to thank the local businesses who support this event and ultimately, our local sports stars. We are fortunate to have some amazing talent in Wiltshire and I encourage our future champions to apply."

The full guidelines and application forms are available online.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 18 November 2019.

Last updated: 7 October 2019 | Last reviewed: 7 October 2019

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