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Believe Sport Talent Fund

TALENTED young athletes are benefiting from Wigan Council funding to help them reach their potential.

The first round of the Believe Talent Fund has seen five young people each receive up to £500 from the Deal for Communities Investment Fund to help them pay for travel, accommodation, competitions or training fees and equipment.

The first recipients of the funding are footballer and Believe Sports Award winner Jennifer Myler, aged 15, who attends the Liverpool Centre of Excellence; Reece Pollitt, aged 17, who takes part in cycle speedway and is a member of Astley and Tyldesley Cycling Club; Hayley Price, aged 16, of Tyldesley Swimming and Water Polo Club; Emily Borthwick, aged 17, of Wigan Harriers Athletics Club; and snowboarder Nicole Haines, aged 11.

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Cllr Chris Ready, Wigan Council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “It’s really important that we believe in and support young talent in the borough and this funding will enable us to make a positive contribution to the development of these athletes.

“We’ve got a rich sporting heritage in Wigan and Leigh and we should all be extremely proud of these youngsters, who are honing their skills to become the borough’s next generation of sports stars!”

The next application deadline for the fund is Friday 1st April 2016. 

To be eligible athletes must:

  • Be deemed to be of national standard or have the potential to reach national standard within 1 year of submitting an application, as deemed by the respective National Governing Body;
  • Be aged between 11 and 24, (exception to this is Gymnastics, as this sport is recognised by Sport England as an early specialisation sport). Disabled athletes outside of this age range are also eligible to apply;
  • Be an athlete within a sport recognised by Sport England;
  • Reside in the Wigan Borough* and be in need of financial assistance to help you achieve your full potential.

*Applications may also be considered from athletes, that meet each of the above criteria, but that reside outside of the Wigan Borough where they are deemed to make an exceptional and direct contribution to grassroots sport within the Wigan Borough. These athletes must train/be affiliated to a sports club within the Wigan Borough.

Emergency Applications – fast track applications for grants up to £200 can also be submitted. These are for genuine emergencies or time critical requests only. See guidance notes for further details.

For further information and to apply download a copy of the BSTF – Guidance Notes 2016 and BSTF – Application Form 2016.

For enquiries and support with your application contact Adam Blezard, Sports Development Officer on 01942 404995 /