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Active Cumbria will support 100 local talented athletes this year

April 3, 2014

Are you a high level sports performer based in Cumbria? Are you looking for additional funding to help meet the ever increasing costs of training and competing? If so the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund may be able to help you.  The fund has been re-launched as of the 1st of April to support the county’s most talented athletes.

Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund was launched in 2010 as part of the London 2012 Legacy to support Cumbria's most talented athletes.  In 2014 the fund is being supported by Cumbria County Council and Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership.

The fund aims to support up to 100 of the county’s most talented athletes with three categories of funding; these being bronze, silver and gold. The bronze level award will see 50 grants of £150 awarded, the silver category will see 40 grants of £300, and 10 athletes will receive the gold level award of £500.

Successful applications received from residents of the Carlisle City Council area may be eligible for an additional grant payment through a financial contribution received to the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund from Carlisle City Council.

A previous recipient of the fund, Nick Miller from Carlisle, a talented athlete in sport of Hammer. Nick used his funding on transport to enable him to access training more often and new kit including a new competition hammer and wires. Nick is aiming for the Commonwealth Games, the European Championships this year and his sights are also set on being selected to  Team GB for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Nick said;

“The financial support I have received from the fund has enabled me to continue a strict training regime. Without independent transport I would not be able to do this do to the kit I need to carry with me.”

Simon Lawson, a talented Wheelchair Racer from Maryport also benefited from the fund in 2013. Simon used his funding to help support the costs of a new chair. Simon said;

“The grant has really helped me a lot. I traveled to Portugal and Switzerland racing in 2013 which was expensive, plus all my equipment I have to buy adds up. My new race chair cost £3500 so the financial support from the fund is a huge help! Big thanks to the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund!”

Colette Doran a talented athlete in Javelin also received a grant from the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund in 2013. Colette said;

“The grant I received has been a great help, it's helped me to travel all over the UK to competitions and attend training camps in Loughborough without the grant I would not of been able to do that.”

Richard Johnston, Senior Manager at Active Cumbria said:

 “I’m delighted to announce the re-launch of the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund.  The funding provided by Cumbria County Council and Active Cumbria will total £24,500 each year for the next three years, and will provide much needed support to the most talented sports people across Cumbria.  It will really make a difference to the elite sports performers we have in Cumbria, and will hopefully help them take the next step in their sporting careers and catapult them to even greater things”.

Cllr Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This funding can make a real difference to the recipients and provide inspiration for others to get involved in sport at any level.

"I hope it will help take them onto the next step of ladder in their sporting careers and who knows, maybe even help them reach a future Olympic Games or Paralympics.”

To find out more about the fund and the qualifying criteria please go to

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