Almost 50 Croydon young athletes have been awarded a total of £28,400 by GLL, the operator of Croydon Council leisure centres.
The award from the GLL Sports Foundation was announced includes not only financial grants of up to £1,250, but also free training memberships for 300 GLL and partner operated sporting venues.
GLL provides access to sports science, medical support and employment opportunities, which all focused on supporting athletes’ development.
GLL runs five leisure centres and a number of other recreational facilities across the borough.
Really great to be at recently renovated #Ashburton Hall for @gllsf awards night. So great to celebrate & support talented young sports people & athletes from #Croydon with partners @GLL_UK pic.twitter.com/uUvgCSPJ9U
— Oliver Lewis (@oliverjlewis) June 14, 2018
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said:“Croydon Council is proud to be working with GLL to deliver leisure and sporting outlets for residents to get active or simply unwind.
“Supporting our aspirational young sportspeople is important and we hope this leads on to them achieving great success and becoming positive role models for future generations.”
GSF Patron and former Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell said: “Sport is such an important element in our lives whether that be as an athlete, a coach or within the wide network of support, sport can and will continue to deliver so much for us.
“This was seen once again from the euphoria that gripped the nation during the World Athletics Championships last year”.