Mars Refuel Drink Fund

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A survey, undertaken by Mars Refuel, has revealed that more than a fifth of people feel that they don’t have enough money to start participating in sport, or to keep that involvement going*.

The top five sports people would like to try are swimming, rowing, cycling, martial arts and tennis. However, 21% of people found these sports to be cost prohibitive.

To encourage people to try new sports and play their favourite sport for longer, Mars Refuel chocolate milkshake has set up the Mars Refuel Drink Fund. The fund was set up to help people overcome the financial barriers to sport by offering £500 awards to selected applicants. Since its initial launch in 2008, MARS Refuel Drink Fund has helped more than 15,000 people play sport for longer. The fund, which was launched on April 2 2011 and runs until September 30 2011, has £5,000 to donate each month to the most deserving applicants.

Applications can be made online at www.marsrefuel.com offering support with anything from equipment and travel costs, to improving training grounds and club houses. The fund will be accepting applications from April 2 2011. The site will be regularly updated with the names of the people and clubs awarded each month.

The fund is open to residents of, and clubs and organisations based in the UK and Republic of Ireland only. Applicants must be 12 years or over and only one application will be accepted per person, club or organisation.

* The research for Mars Refuel was carried out by Opinion Matters between 10 / 02 / 2011 and 22 / 02 / 2011. Sample: 1281 UK Adults

Perceived average costs of swimming to start £64.70 and £238.50 annually.

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