New support for sports stars

By Clare Newman

Published on Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 16:50


THE ISLAND’S top sporting talent has a chance to improve opportunities and performance thanks to a new scheme by the Isle of Wight Council.

The Isle of Wight Council’s sports unit has launched the Talented Athlete scheme, which means local sportsmen and women can apply for grants between £200 and £400, as well as take advantage of other benefits.

Successful applicants can benefit from incentives from Southern Vectis and Wightlink, and enjoy free access to the council’s leisure centres, including their ToneZone gyms.

There are two categories for sports people to apply to; elite performer and junior performer.

For the juniors, grants of up to £200 are available, along with the other incentives. To be eligible, the person must meet certain criteria including rankings and be a member of a county squad. They must also be an IW resident aged 16 or under.

For the elite category, grants of up to £400 are available as well as the other incentives. Again, a number of criteria must be met, mainly relating to the ranking in their sport.

They must also be part of a national development programme or national team and live on the Island. The elite category is open to any age.

Applications are being accepted now until December 31, and anyone who is awarded funding will be announced in January.

For more information, and to request an application pack, contact the sports unit on 01983 823818 or e-mail


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