TALENTED sports men and women living across Stockton Borough are being offered the chance to secure up to £200 to further their athletic careers.
The 'Leisure and Sports Development Talented Athlete' grants programme is open to athletes who are competing at, or aspiring to compete at a county level.
The programme funded by NHS Stockton-on-Tees invites young athletes aged 12-18 and disabled athletes of all ages to apply for a grant towards the costs associated with competing at a higher level or to buy equipment.
Volunteers and coaches living in Stockton-on-Tees or volunteering at a sports club in the borough also have the opportunity to apply for a grant to help them access professional development opportunities. They can also apply for up to £200 from the NHS funded 'Play Your Part Volunteer and Coach Support Scheme.'
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Mary Womphrey, said: "There's a lot of sporting talent across Stockton Borough and these grant schemes really help to ensure these talented athletes have the chance to excel.
"Progressing in sport can be very expensive so I would like to encourage anyone who may be struggling to move onto a higher level due to the associated costs to apply for one of the grants."
Athletes and volunteers can apply up until 31 July 2011 and a grants panel will meet in January, April and August 2011 to decide which applications will be successful.
To find out more about the application process contact Susanne Marshall of Stockton Council's Sports Development Team on (01642) 526694 or email [email protected]