GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) has marked 11 years as the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme, by announcing its largest ever annual athlete awards for 2019.
This year, a total of 87 gymnasts will receive GSF support worth a total of £52,000 – plus physiotherapy and sports science support. This brings the total GSF athlete funding value to £11 million since the scheme began in 2008.
The GLL Sport Foundation was founded by charitable social enterprise GLL to provide talented athletes with financial support as well as access to training and sport science facilities. The Foundation awards were launched after GLL had identified an increasing number of talented athletes who were receiving no sport funding and had given up on their sporting dreams through lack of support.
Gymnastics is one of many sports that GSF supports and in 11 years since its inception, the Foundation has delivered over 16,200 athlete awards and has contributed towards the success of 33 Olympic and Paralympic medals.
GLL is the UK’s largest leisure and culture social enterprise and operates 270 sport and leisure facilities through its customer brand, Better. Athletes supported by the GLL Sport Foundation get training access to all GLL-managed venues.
The Foundation’s Patron, Sally Gunnell OBE said: “I am delighted that in 2019 the GLL Sport Foundation is supporting over 3,000 athletes to achieve their potential. With more than 96% of supported athletes not receiving any other additional funding, it is clear that we are reaching those that need support most.”
“I’m sure we will see many successes for young GSF athletes in 2019.”
Peter Bundey, GSF Chair added: “We are delighted with our 2019 awards and proud of the positive contribution we have made to sporting talent across the UK. Funding for athletes has been very much in the spotlight in recent years and we still see big funding gaps across sports and talent pathways”.
“We are determined to continue our funding commitment for the next generation also, by investing in younger, aspiring athletes to help future talent fulfil their potential as elite level sporting stars.”
“I would like to thank all of our partners and sponsors who make an essential contribution to the programme – together we re-affirm our commitment to GLL’s social enterprise principles to reinvest in sport and local communities”
For more information on GLL Sport Foundation, visit their website.