GLL provides diving funding to 60 athletesMay 9, 2016
GLL will provide diving funding to 60 athletes, part of their GLL Sport Foundation fund of £1.2 million.
The GSF is the largest independent athlete talent programme in the UK and works in partnership with the ASA, British Swimming and SportsAid, as well as local councils.
While some of the athletes like Tom Daley and Georgia Ward will be looking towards the 2016 Olympics and using their awards to assist in preparation for this event in the summer, many more will be targeting the 2020 and 2024 games.
The GSF supports over 30 sporting disciplines represented at the Olympics, Paralympics, Deaflympics and Special Olympics, and the majority of the funding is provided to young athletes. Around 92% of awards are to athletes under the age of 21.
Supported athletes receive award packages that include financial grants of up to £1,250 and can be used towards things like training camps, sports science and physio support.
How diving funding benefits athletes
GSF ambassador, Sarah Barrow is delighted to be supported by the GLL Sport Foundation; “As I am coming to the end of my career in the next year or so I would like to start giving back advice and things I have learnt throughout my career and 16 years of diving to young people.
“It has certainly not been a straight road but I have had the determination to continue and pick myself up in order to be proud of the things I have achieved. GSF will give me this opportunity.”
GSF SportsAid athlete, Ben Cutmore described how the GSF is supporting athletes such as him along his sporting journey: “Last year unfortunately I broke my foot during training just prior to this competition, but I’m fit again now.
“This diving funding award would be a huge help towards my goals by helping towards my training and travel expenses.”
Find out more about the GLL Sport Foundation.