04 Jan 2019 Last updated at 16:00

Discount offer for future sports stars

A scheme which helps future Isle of Wight sports stars reach their full potential has been launched for 2019.

The Talented Athlete Programme, run by the council’s sports unit, is now open for applications.

Those accepted on to the scheme will be able to use the council’s leisure centres free of charge and receive discounts in selected local retailers, physio and chiropractic services, as well as discounted travel on Wightlink and assisted bus travel with Southern Vectis.

Last year’s programme helped 75 athletes, providing support worth an estimated £150,000, across 27 different sports.

“The scheme relies on the generous support of our sponsors who include Cowes Chiropractic Clinic, Wightlink, Southern Vectis, the council’s 1Leisure service, Sarah Fenwick Sports Psychology and Love Running," said Councillor John Hobart, Cabinet member for environment and heritage.

"I would once again like to thank them for supporting budding sports stars on the Island.

“I would urge our home-grown athletes to apply for the scheme so they can concentrate on their sport and making the Island proud.”

The programme has supported a number of Island stars including Rio Olympics athlete Jessica Andrews (now Martin), Commonwealth Games hammer thrower Andrew Frost and the current British number one discus thrower Nicholas Percy.

Wightlink marketing and innovation director Stuart James added:  “For young people currently competing at a Hampshire county level or above, the scheme provides support to access and train for top level competition within their chosen sport.

“It also offers the same support for adults who are representing England or Great Britain, or those who are recognised by their sport governing body as a potential talent.”

The Island's ladies British champion shooter, Shelley Moss, said: “So far this year I have achieved a massive goal in my shooting - I won the title of British champion in ladies' ten metre air pistol at the British Championships and I also came third in the English Champions for Ladies sport pistol.

“The talented athlete scheme has had a great impact on my shooting.

“I am consistently travelling to and from the mainland for training weekends and competitions so this is a great saving that I can put towards entry fees and supplies etc. I also use the 1Leisure membership to help with my strength and conditioning training which has had a noticeable impact."

To check your eligibility against the current criteria and to obtain an application pack, please visit: www.iwight.com/sportsunit  or email sports.unit@iow.gov.uk 

The application process closes on 31 January 2019 and the successful applicants will be notified in February.

The scheme is applicable to Isle of Wight residents only.

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  • Last year’s programme helped 75 athletes, providing support worth an estimated £150,000, across 27 different sports.
 
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