SEVENTEEN talented young athletes from Hammersmith and Fulham are set to benefit from a £750,000 award pot to set them on the road to stardom.
The GLL Sport Foundation, a charitable social enterprise, announced the funding last week, to the delight of the youngsters.
Taekwondo athlete Shayanne Sarsoza, 11, attended the awards event and identified her sporting ambition, highlighting how the foundation is contributing to her sporting journey.
She said: “I am part of the National Talent Squad of the British Taekwondo and aiming to be part of the GB squad for the 2013 European Cadet Championships in Romania."
About 1,300 supported athletes, representing more than 80 Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sporting disciplines, will benefit from this year's awards, provided in partnership with Freedom Leisure.
Most of the funding is designed to help young developing talent and 75 per cent of awards are to athletes aged under 21, of which nearly half are under 17.
Foundation patron and former Olympic and world champion Sally Gunnell remains said: “From starting out as a young athlete and progressing through my sport, I understand how support from the GLL Sport Foundation is invaluable to a rising star. I am delighted that through this scheme I am able to champion such support for sporting talent.”
Supported athletes will benefit from grants of up to £1,250, as well as training memberships enabling wider facility access across GLL and partner-operated venues.
* For more information visit the GLL Sport Foundation website www.gllsportfoundation.org