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UP-and-coming athletes in Blaby District are being given the chance to become ‘Sporting Champions’ and gain support as part of a sports talent development scheme being fronted by Olympians.

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions initiative, now heading into its sixth 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, including Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre.

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Aspiring athletes in the area will be able to apply through the Everyone Active Sporting Champions website from the beginning of April. 

This year will see the official relaunch of the scheme, welcoming on board several Elite athletes, whose identity will be revealed next month on the Sporting Champions Instagram page.

The talented line-up includes Olympians and Paralympians, whose experience and expertise will help to mentor and support young athletes.

Olympic silver medalist Colin Jackson will continue to support the scheme through his role as an Ambassador, working alongside the newly-appointed 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 one-to-one and group mentoring sessions throughout the year.  

“I’m proud to be involved in a scheme that is so dedicated to supporting athletic talent from grass roots up,” said Mr Jackson, whose World Record of 12.91 seconds for the 110 m hurdles stood for over a decade.

“I have watched the Sporting Champions scheme grow and I’m so excited for the relaunch, where I’ll be working alongside some truly talented Elite athletes.

“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 six years, the Sporting Champions scheme has invested more than £1million into young athletes. 

James Naylor, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We are delighted to support stars from Blaby District on their journey to success.

“As a leisure provider working in partnership with Blaby District Council, 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 2022.

“We hope to continue making a real difference to our athletes’ success and are excited to see what the relaunch of the scheme will bring.”

Applicants should follow the Sporting Champions Instagram page (@easportingchamps) for further updates on how to apply.

The online application form will be open from Friday, April 1 to Saturday, April 30.