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Athletes and sports people living in Mole Valley invited to apply for support from the GLL Sport Foundation

GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, have shown their commitment to improving the health, wellbeing and opportunity in the communities across Mole Valley, by supporting the next generation of athletes via The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF). 

Talented athletes and sports people from Mole Valley are being encouraged to apply for a range of support awards which include financial help, access to sport facilities, physiotherapy, lifestyle mentoring and mental health aid.

Now in its 15th year of operation, the GLL Sport Foundation has so far contributed over £14m and distributed 26,000 awards to support young talented athletes on their sporting journey.

The innovative scheme is provided by charitable social enterprise GLL who are working in close partnership with Mole Valley District Council (MVDC).

Already a popular and essential support programme for athletes, the Foundation is expecting heightened athlete interest as training costs, equipment purchases, strength & conditioning costs and travel costs continue to rise.

All successful applicants will be given access to the 250 sport and leisure facilities across the UK operated by GLL under its “Better” trading brand, now including Mole Valley’s two fantastic leisure facilities, Leatherhead Leisure Centre and Dorking Sports Centre. Other world class facilities that can be used by athletes include the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s White Water Centre, Ice Centre and VeloPark; and Manchester’s Aquatics Centre and National Cycling Centre.

It has always been a core mission of the programme to support young emerging talent on their sporting journey, with the majority of athletes aged under the age of 21 and the largest cohort under 18 years old. Across the programme, 87% of athletes receive no other funding or athlete support, which underlines the importance of the scheme to both athletes and GLL’s social values.

Applications are open until 20th February 2024 – Apply now via the GSF website

The successful impact of the Foundation is important to Patron Sally Gunnell OBE, who remains the only athlete to hold consecutive Olympic, World and Commonwealth titles. She said: “From my own experience starting out as a young athlete and progressing through my sport, I understand how important the recognition and support from organisations like the GLL Sport Foundation can be to a young athletes. It can make the difference in achieving sporting ambitions.”

Councillor Nick Wright, MVDC Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure said: “I am thrilled to see the GLL Sport Foundation extending its support to our local athletes. This initiative not only demonstrates GLL’s commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of our community but also provides invaluable opportunities for the next generation of athletes. The financial assistance, access to facilities, and various support services offered through the GLL Sport Foundation will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the sporting journeys of our talented individuals. I encourage all eligible athletes in Mole Valley to seize this opportunity and apply for the support awards.”