Talented Athletes

Nottinghamshire is quite rightly proud of its tradition and reputation for producing world class athletes.

In this section you will find information regarding funding, mentoring, and other key components that current and aspiring young talented athletes will require to continue the rich history of Nottinghamshire success.

Funding for Individuals

A number of organisations operate schemes for talented individuals.

All schemes differ with regards eligibility and timescales so please check notes and criteria before applying. Listed below are selections of the schemes we are currently aware of.

District / Borough Council's

Its worth checking with your local council to see if they operate any kind of bursary scheme for individual athletes.

Individual Grant Aid (Nottinghamshire County Council) - now closed

To support talented young athletes who are performing at a regional or national level. One award up to £400 per person will be considered in any financial year to help towards annual training costs and other specialist support deemed appropriate by the national governing body.

Applicants should be in full time education and be competing in a sport officially recognised by Sport England. The applicant’s permanent home address must be within Nottinghamshire.


SportsAid is a Charity for sports people who help the next generation of British sporting talent to succeed.

Young athletes are nominated to SportsAid for financial support by their sport's own National Governing Body (NGB). This ensures the right athletes are helped at the right time, and in the right way.

By working closely with the NGB’s, SportsAid has a well established and proven process ensuring that young sportsmen and women that require help get it when they need it most.

Once each nomination is agreed a SportsAid Award is presented to each individual athlete directly, not to their NGB. Intervention at such a crucial time is often the difference between a young sports person continuing in their chosen sport or quitting.

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

TASS liaises with over 50 National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport to support potential stars of the future. To apply for TASS funding you must be nominated by your sport’s NGB. Each sport sets its own criteria for core TASS and TASS 2012 support which athletes must achieve to be nominated to receive a TASS award. Sports' frameworks can be found on the TASS website.

The Dickie Bird Foundation

The vision of the Foundation is to assist young people under 18 years of age to participate, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside and outside sport.

Ron Pickering Memorial Fund

The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund aims to support young track and field athletes who are in education and may need financial help towards training or provision of equipment.

Applicants must be aged between 15 and 23 years, medallists from their National Schools AA, AAA U17, & U20 or U23 Championships or in the top six of the appropriate UK ranking lists.

Free Access for National Sportspeople Scheme

Free Access for National Sports People

Allowing national athletes from Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City free access to training facilities in district owned sports centres.

All District authorities across Nottinghamshire and the City of Nottingham have a FANS system in operation.National performers should apply to the area in which they are living. We are constantly on the lookout for new national performers, perhaps from some of the lesser known sports to whom we can lend support.Although variations do exist between FANS schemes across the authorities there is a core offer which is common across all:

  • provides sports people of a national level with free access to gym, swimming and aerobics for 12 months at local authority run sports facilities
  • aims to assist sportspeople to achieve their full potential by reducing the financial burden of training costs
  • available to Nottingham/Nottinghamshire residents who are members of national squads in sports recognised by Sport England

Further information is available via your local Sports Development Officer.