Talented Athletes funding for 2020-21
Do you live in Nottinghamshire?
Do you compete in a sport or discipline that is recognised by Sport England and governed by a National Governing Body or National Disability Sports Organisation that is also recognised by Sport England?
If you have represented your country within the last 24 months and/or you are nationally ranked within the top 5 in your age group, the Talented Athletes Fund could help you.
Grants of up to £400 are available over 12 months to help support the costs of entering sports competitions including:
- travel costs
- training and coaching
The closing date for Talented Athletes Fund applications is Monday 7 December 2020.
- The athlete must compete in a sport or discipline that is recognised by Sport England and governed by a National Governing Body (NGB) that is also recognised by Sport England, or a National Disability Sports Organisation (NDSO). Sport England has produced a list of recognised sports and governing bodies.
- The athlete must provide a named contact (and their email address) within the NGB or NDSO, so that we can confirm the details from the application with the NGB or NDSO.
- Athletes must have represented their country within the last 24 months and / or be nationally ranked within the top 5 in their age group.
- Applications from athletes under the age of 18 must be completed by a legally responsible adult, for example a parent or guardian.
- Applications received from individuals aged 18 or over will only be considered if they are competing in the sports elite talent pathway (Veteran, Masters or adult age group standings will not be taken into consideration).
- Athletes with disabilities up to the age of 25 years that meet the criteria will be considered for funding.
- Any amount awarded is a contribution towards the Athlete’s sporting endeavours.
- The Coronavirus Government Restrictions Guidance at the application closing date will be taken into consideration as part of the decision-making process.
- It will be the Athlete’s responsibility to inform us if their circumstances or restrictions change after submitting their application, and if further restrictions are imposed for their sport.
- If your application is successful, as part of your funding Agreement you will be expected to act as a Sports Ambassador for Nottinghamshire. Further information about the Sports Ambassador role is provided in our frequently asked questions.
- Successful applicants will also be asked to complete a short monitoring questionnaire after a year and retain all receipts for grant expenditure for at least two year.
- If awarded funding, the Athlete (or responsible adult) agrees to repay the grant to the council if the grant is not spent within the agreed time frame, or the applicant spends the grant on items which are not permitted under the terms and conditions of the funding agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. I live outside the Nottinghamshire County boundary (which includes Nottingham City), can I apply?
No, the talented Athletes Fund was set up to support Athletes that live in Nottinghamshire (excluding City). If you live outside of Nottinghamshire you may wish to check with your own local authority for information about any other similar schemes that they may have. If you're not sure if you live within Nottinghamshire, you can check by entering your postcode online.
A few helpful links can be found below:
Q2. How can I check if my sport/my sport's National Governing Body is recognised by Sport England?
You can check this online: sports officially recognised by Sport England and National Governing bodies are available on the Sport England website.
Q3. I was successful in applying for a Talented Athletes Fund previously, can I apply this year?
Yes, although receipt of funding in previous years does not guarantee that your application will be successful in this round. Applications will be assessed using the information provided in the application for this round. It’s also anticipated that a new wave of additional talented athletes will have emerged.
Q4. I was unsuccessful with my previous application - can I apply for this funding round?
Yes, as long as you meet the criteria for this round of Talented Athletes Funding. Applications will be assessed using the information provided in the application for this round.
Q5. I’m in receipt of World Class funding, can I apply?
Q6. I am supported by my local District / Borough Council, can I still apply?
Yes, as long as you meet the criteria for this round of Talented Athletes Funding.
Q7. Can I apply during the coronavirus pandemic?
Yes, however, please note that the Coronavirus Government Restrictions Guidance at the application closing date will be taken into consideration as part of the decision-making process.
Q8. What is expected of me if my application is successful?
If your application is successful, you will be expected to act as a Sporting Ambassador for Nottinghamshire. This involves acknowledging funding from Nottinghamshire County Council and allowing photographs to be taken for promotional purposes.
Further information about the Sports Ambassador role can be viewed online.
Please note the Sporting Ambassador role also forms part of the funding Agreement for successful applicants.
Further help and support for athletes
Information about National Governing Bodies is available from Active Notts.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, please email Active Notts who can assist with identifying the relevant NGB for your sport: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re looking for funding to support a physical activity or sport project, individual, school or coach in the Nottinghamshire or Nottingham area, Active Notts may be able to help you find the grant or bursary to get you the assistance you need, just visit their website.
Sport England offers a wide range of support and advice that everyone can access. Their objective is to build a nation where everyone, everywhere feels able to get active in a way that's right for them. Visit their website for more information.
Hear how Talented Athletes funding has helped Nottinghamshire athletes fulfil their potential
Meet tennis player Phoenix
Continued support from Talented Athletes funding has helped budding tennis player, Phoenix Weir on his sporting journey.
“We are so grateful for the Talented Athletes funding provided by the council. It has contributed towards Phoenix reaching his potential over the past year - he is now number 1 in his age group in Great Britain!"
Meet figure skater Elena
New blades for aspiring figure skater Elena Komova thanks to funding from the Talented Athletes Scheme.
"Now the Olympic festival has been postponed until December 2021. Elena keeps working really hard to keep her level, improve her skating skills despite the closure of ice rinks for quite a long period of time during lock down. Her ambition is representing GB at the Winter Olympic Games in 2022 and she is determined to achieve it.
We are very thankful to the Talented Athlete Fund which contributed towards the purchase of new blades for Elena."
Meet the Green family table tennis trio
Siblings Erin, Connor and Anna Green (photographed right of trophy in photo below) are all aspiring table tennis athletes, you can check out their Facebook page which documents their journeys and achievements, Green Table Tennis Trio.
"Many thanks for supporting them with a grant this year.”
Meet ice hockey player Jodie
Jodie's continued to train hard during the pandemic by hitting her local gym 6 days a week...Watch this space - she hopes to be joining Team GB in the World Championships next year!
"Unfortunately due to Covid, Great Britain were unable to compete in the world championships as they were cancelled, but I have been working hard off the ice and now back on the ice to hopefully be able to compete in the 2021 World Championships in April."
Meet rower Rachel
Talented Athlete recipient Rachel Heap is a part of the Under 23s Team GB rowing team. In 2018, she came 5th at the Under 23 European Championships and won the Fuller's Head of the River Fours race. Rachel has also competed at Henley Royal Regatta.