The Proficient Athlete Programme sponsored low cost scheme is now open for budding Island sporting stars.
The Isle of Wight Council’s sports activities unit is now accepting purposes for the 2020 scheme, aimed toward serving to gifted sportspeople attain their full potential and obtain additional success by offering discounted entry to a complete host of providers.
Proficient athletes who meet the scheme’s standards may also be capable to use the council’s leisure centres freed from cost and obtain reductions in chosen native retailers, physio and chiropractic providers, in addition to discounted journey on Wightlink.
Final yr’s programme helped greater than 70 athletes, aged from eight to 80 representing 21 sports activities.
Lee Matthews, the council’s recreation and open areas supervisor, stated:
“The scheme seeks to offer assist and encouragement to our home-grown sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages to allow them to obtain the easiest they will with out having to fret in regards to the prices of utilizing leisure services or travelling across the Island and to the mainland.
“I might urge our home-grown stars to benefit from the scheme and I might additionally prefer to thank our sponsorship companions for approaching board once more and serving to us to proceed to assist Island future athletic stars.”
The council is ready to provide:
• discounted Wightlink journey;
• free entry to the council’s 1Leisure services at Medina, the Heights and Westridge; and
• as much as 20% off sports activities gear (via our sponsors).
Wightlink advertising and innovation director, Stuart James added:
“We all know that as a way to pursue coaching or competitors it’s usually needed for Island sportspeople to journey to the mainland — we’re doing our bit to make sure that the necessity to cross the Solent just isn’t a barrier to progress. We’re delighted to proceed our assist for the Proficient Athlete Programme.”
For younger folks at present competing at a Hampshire county degree or above, the scheme gives assist to entry and practice for prime degree competitors inside their chosen sport. The scheme gives the identical assist for adults who’re representing England or Nice Britain, and those that are recognised by their sport governing physique as a possible expertise.
To test your eligibility in opposition to the present standards and to acquire an software pack, go to www.iwight.com/sportsunit.
The appliance course of closes on 2 February 2020 and the profitable candidates shall be notified in February. The scheme is relevant to Isle of Wight residents solely.
The scheme has benefitted plenty of sporting stars have benefited together with athletics 10,000 metres star, Jessica Andrews (now Martin), who competed on the Rio Olympics; hammer athlete Andrew Frost, who competed in each 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Video games and Nicholas Percy, discus athlete who’s at present Britain’s quantity two.