Talented Athletes

10 October 2018

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council What do famous sporting talent such as gymnasts, Sam Oldham, Becky Downie and Ellie Downie, swimmers, Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw and athlete Richard Whitehead have in common? They are among Nottinghamshire athletes who have been supported by Nottinghamshire County Council sports grants in the past. And there is another opportunity for tomorrow’s future Olympians and Paralympians to secure funding towards training and travel costs through our current Talented Athletes Fund.

The Talented Athletes Fund is part of the County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme which offers financial help and support to local communities.

Having access to the best coaching and equipment does not come cheap. And travelling around this country and abroad to compete or train can be a huge drain on finances, with sponsorship and home budgets only stretching so far.

Grants are available to pay for travel, training, accommodation, competition and coaching fees and kit costs. The county council awarded 65 grants worth more than £23,000 in grants last year.

Some of last year’s award winners are:

  • Ashfield pole vaulter Felicia Miloro who has represented GB
  • Bassetlaw skater Robynne Tweedale who represents GB
  • Bassetlaw athlete Lee Thompson, the European U23 4x400m champion
  • Broxtowe climber Martha Lubczynskyj, who has represented GB
  • Broxtowe skier Bradley Fry who has competed at a European Cup
  • Broxtowe: Connor, Erin, and Anna Green, English table tennis stars
  • Gedling: Joshua Plumridge, GB U18 handball player
  • Gedling Ice hockey player Toby Fisher, national champion with Nottingham Tigers
  • Mansfield: British Championship speed skater Sam Lloyd
  • Newark and Sherwood: GB U20 fencer Ed Howlett
  • Newark and Sherwood: Olivia Whitelaw, dressage, who has represented GB
  • Rushcliffe: Phoenix Weir, GB tennis player
  • Rushcliffe: Britain’s fastest short track speed skater for his age, Willem Murray
  • Rower Rachel Heap from Rushcliffe, representing GB at Under 23 level
  • Rushcliffe athlete Molly Palmer, top in the UK in her age group for 100m

The Talented Athletes Fund is a great opportunity for young athletes to secure funding to enable them to continue their training to whatever level they are able to reach.

In Nottinghamshire, we are proud of our sporting heritage and want to encourage as many young people as possible to become as talented in their sport as they possibly can.


The fund is open until October 15 offering grants of up to £400 for Nottinghamshire athletes who have represented their country in the last year.

Applicants must live in Nottinghamshire – please read the ‘Talented Athletes Fund Application Guidelines’ for full details of the criteria for funding, which is available to download from the County Council’s website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/talented

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council

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