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A £250 grant helps local athlete prepare for marathon success

  • Georgina Gallagher, Stuart Spencer and Andrew Doodson

A Loughborough athlete says a borough council grant has helped kick-start his training for the year.

Marathon runner Stuart Spencer, who competes on a regional and national level, has received a £250 Talent Support grant from the Council as part of its commitment to promote healthy living and back local athletes.

The Council has a range of grants to help sporting individuals and organisations in Charnwood and they can be used for projects, equipment and activities.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Tuesday, April 25.

Stuart, 34 from Loughborough represents the Midland Counties Athletic Association and Leicestershire. He came first in the Torrevieja Half Marathon in February and has previously won medals in regional and national relay races. He is planning to run the Berlin marathon in September 2017.

He said: “I work full time which can make it difficult to fit in the level of training I need to compete, but with the support of the grant I was able attend a two week training camp in Spain.

“The camp improved my fitness and running which will benefit my training for the Berlin marathon.

“The grant has really helped me to kick-start my training for this year and I’d encourage any local athletes who are looking for funding support to apply for the next round.”

Chris Traill, Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing at the Council said: “We’re very lucky in Charnwood to have such a strong sporting community.

“We want to encourage residents to get involved in sports, whether that’s joining a local club or taking up an activity which they enjoy.

“These grants allow us to support clubs to offer more activities or improve their facilities and to help individuals achieve their sporting goals.” 

There are four sports grants on offer during the year:

  • Sports development grant – available for clubs and individuals. Grants awarded to a maximum of £250.
  • Coach and official education grant - grants awarded to a maximum rate of fifty percent up to £250. Applications will be considered for a minimum course cost of £20.
  • Sports facilities grant – grants awarded to a maximum of £1,500.
  • Talent support grant - grants awarded to a maximum rate of 50 per cent up to £250.

For more information about the grants available and to apply, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/funding_and_support

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