Up and coming Ashby area athletes to get the chance to be part of Sporting Champions programme alongside local leisure centres | Local News | News

Aspiring athletes in North West Leicestershire are given the chance to become Sporting Champions and receive much-needed support through a talent development programme.

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions programme, now in its seventh year, has helped thousands of athletes achieve their sporting potential by providing complimentary access to Everyone Active’s Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centers and Ashby Leisure Center and Lido, both of which are operated in partnership with North West Leicestershire District Council.

Aspiring athletes can apply from today (Monday, February 13) through March 13 by visiting the Everyone Active Sporting Champions website.

The program’s impressive lineup of distinguished Olympians and Paralympians includes Lutalo Muhammad, Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, Richard Kilty, Lauren Steadman, Kadeena Cox and Maisie Summers-Newton, who continue to provide their expertise, mentoring, to the athletes inducted into the program and will provide their support scheme this year.

Sporting Champions also get free, unlimited access to the Everyone on Demand app, which gives them 500,000+ home workouts from leading fitness brands including WithU, Flex and Les Mills on Demand.

Olympic silver medalist Colin Jackson will remain in his role as Sporting Champions Ambassador, working with the program’s elite athletes to make the sport more accessible in local communities.

Alongside some of Team GB’s top talent, he will play a key role in providing individual and group mentoring sessions throughout the year.

Colin said: “I am proud to be involved with a program that is so dedicated to supporting sporting talent from the grassroots.

“I’ve seen the Sporting Champions program grow over the years and I’m really excited to continue working with a panel of truly talented elite athletes to mentor and support the next generation.

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“The Sporting Champions program has helped thousands of aspiring athletes achieve their sporting dreams and I can’t wait to see what this year’s intake will achieve.”

Over the past seven years, Sporting Champions has invested more than £1million in athletes on the programme.

James Naylor, Contract Manager of Everyone Active, said: “We are delighted to be able to support emerging Leicestershire sports stars on their journey to success.

“As a leisure provider working in partnership with local communities, we believe it is important to serve all parts of the community.

“The Sporting Champions program has already supported a large number of athletes and I am proud that we will continue to do so in 2023.

“We hope to continue to make a real difference in the success of our athletes and look forward to what this year will bring.”

Applicants should click HERE to complete the online application form which will be available from today (Monday) to Monday 13th March.

To learn more about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions program, click HERE.

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