Elite Sports Scheme helps borough sportsmen and women

Telford & Wrekin Council is launching a new initiative aimed at providing support and encouragement to the borough’s leading talented and elite sports performers.

Elite Sports Scheme helps borough sportsmen and women

The Telford Elite Sports Scheme aims to provide talented sportsmen and women with free access to the borough’s Aspirations gyms for training and fitness.

The scheme is supported by RICOH UK Products Ltd as well as the council’s Leisure Services team.

The Telford Elite Sports Scheme is open to athletes aged 11 and over who currently perform or compete in a sport recognised by Sport England at a national level and whose permanent home address is in Telford and Wrekin.

Competitors must be current members of a national team squad, currently listed in the top ten of any national age group ranking and have been successful in any national age group competition (top ten finish) in the last 12 months.

Hillary Stevenson, aged 70, is a triathlon runner who represents GB. Hillary’s most recent achievements are a Gold medal in the 70-74 years age group European championships Olympic Triathlon Distance in Kitzbuhel, Austria in July 2014 and a Bronze medal in the World Championships in Edmonton Canada in August 2014.

Glyn Thomas, aged 74, is a hockey masters who represents the Welsh Master Hockey team as goalkeeper. His most recent achievements are fourth place in the European Cup and a sixth place finish in the World Cup in Holland.

Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for leisure services, said: “This scheme will help to provide the support necessary for elite sportsmen and women in the borough to reach their full potential.

“We want anyone who is eligible for help to come forward and apply for assistance from our Elite Sports Scheme.

“It was lovely to meet Hillary and Glyn, who are great examples of what can be achieved through the scheme.”

Anyone who is interested in finding out more can call 01952 382332 or download a Telford Elite Sports Scheme Application form.