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GLL Sport Foundation - January 2016 Newsletter


The GLL Sport Foundation applications for the 2017/18 award cycle have been open since the 20th of December 2016, and we've had applications flowing in. With over 1500 applications in so far and still three weeks to go we're looking ahead to our biggest year yet!

The GLL Sport Foundation is the UKs largest independent athlete support programme since the programme launched in 2008, 10,600 athlete awards have been provided at a total support value of £6.1 million. 90% of award recipients don’t receive any other centralised support and with 75% of supported athletes aged under 21 the programme is focussed on the next generation of athletes across all Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sporting disciplines.

GLL are now operating over 61 areas across the UK, increasing the amount of athletes they are able to support. Athletes can apply for support through the GLL Sport Foundation NOW via the online portal, applications close 20th February 2017.  Supported athletes access financial support, training membership support to Better leisure centres across the UK and also sport science and physiotherapy programmes.


GLL Awards Dinner 2017 - 26th January 2017

GLL hold an annual awards dinner to celebrate the achievements of staff who make a difference everyday and help make GLL a successful organisation. The event was held at GLL's prestigious venue York Hall with over 300 employees in attendance. 

There was a three course meal and awards throughout the evening recognising GLL's 'Better People.' Our very own Mark Gliddon won the Nick Francis Community Award, won by individuals who add real value to our social agenda and Community Pillar. Mark is an absolute credit to GLL and the community pillar. He is genuinely passionate about the GLL Sport Foundation and works tirelessly to ensure athletes receive the maximum support and recognition and, in turn, that they inspire our customers, staff and partners at key events. We're very proud of Mark for winning this award, much deserved!

London Lions - Free Tickets for Supported Athletes

Our supported athletes can now access tickets to watch the London Lions Basketball Club throughout the 2016/17 season at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

The basketball season started in October and continues through until April 2017. London Lions have had a fantastic start to the season and we hope this continues through to next year. Please see the home fixtures
 here, and e-mail stating why you should win tickets for a match. We look forward to seeing you at the 'Box That Rocks'.


British Gymnastics have recently selected their National Squad for a small number of gymnasts who have been identified as having future international potential. Clayton Bell and Luke Marsh of Rugby Gymnastics Club are both supported by the GLL Sport Foundation and have been included in this National Squad for 2017. Being a member of the national squad requires a high level of commitment and attendance at national squad training sessions. Read more.

Kirsten Wells is an Ultimate Frisbee player supported by the GLL Sport Foundation. She has sent us an update of how training and competition is going. I’m Kirsten, I’m 26 years old and I live in Hackney. My main sport is Ultimate Frisbee and I have been playing for 5 and a half years. Last season I played for an elite women’s team in the UK – SYC. Read more.

Joel Howells, a young county badminton player won both the under-15 singles and doubles competitions at the Badminton Wales Deeside Open tournament. Joe Howells, aged 12, beat two higher-graded players from Cheshire in the semi-final and final to win the singles title and partnered 13-year-old Will Vaughan, of Powys, to victory in the doubles final. Joe, who trains at Herefordshire Badminton Academy, is a beneficiary of the Halo Leisure Sport Foundation Award Scheme that is again being launched this year. Read more.

Montell Douglas is a former British 100m record-holder and admits that joining an exclusive club of athletes to have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games is at the top of her list of priorities after she was announced as the latest sprint addition to the British bobsleigh team. Although relatively new to the sport, Montell is having a fantastic start to her new venture. Read more.
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