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Leicestershire’s Rising Stars Get a Sporting Chance

Up and coming athletes across Leicestershire, are being given the chance to become sporting champions and gain support as part of a talent development scheme being backed by Olympic athletes like Colin Jackson.

Everyone Active’s sporting champions programme, which is now heading into its seventh year, has helped thousands of athletes to achieve their sporting potential by providing free access to Everyone Active’s 200 plus leisure facilities across the country.

In Leicestershire, these include: Waterfield Leisure Centre, Melton Sports Village, Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre and Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre.

Leicester Time: Leicestershire's Rising Stars Get a Sporting Chance
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Aspiring athletes are now able to apply for support from the scheme, by visiting the Everyone Active Sporting Champions website.

The scheme’s impressive line-up of decorated Olympians and Paralympians includes Lutalo Muhammad, Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, Richard Kilty, Lauren Steadman, Kadeena Cox and Maisie Summers-Newton,* who will continue to provide their expertise, mentoring and support to athletes accepted on the scheme this year.

Sporting Champions will also receive free unlimited access to the Everyone on Demand app, providing them with more than 500,000 at-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 alongside the scheme’s Elite athletes to make sport more accessible within local communities. 

Alongside some of Team GB’s top talent, he will play an integral part in providing both one-to-one and group mentoring sessions throughout the year.  

Colin said: “I’m proud to be involved in a scheme that is so dedicated to supporting athletic talent from grass roots up. 

“I have watched the Sporting Champions scheme grow over the years and I’m so excited to continue working alongside a panel of truly talented Elite athletes to help mentor and support the next generation.

“The Sporting Champions scheme has helped thousands of up-and-coming athletes to achieve their sporting dreams and I can’t wait to see what this year’s intake go on to achieve.”

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

James Naylor, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support rising sports stars from Leicestershire on their journey to success.

“As a leisure provider working in partnership with local councils, we feel it is important to cater for all sections of the community. 

“The Sporting Champions scheme has already supported a huge number of athletes and I’m proud that we are continuing this again in 2023.

“We hope to continue making a real difference to our athletes’ success and are excited to see what this year will bring.”

Applicants should visit to fill out the online application form, which will be available until Monday, March 13.

To find out more about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions programme, visit