Nottinghamshire athletes to share £21,000 of funding

by | 16 April 2021 | Notice, Worksop

Heptathlon athlete Emily Race, from Worksop, is one of the successful top local athletes and para-athletes to receive funding to help fulfil their sporting ambitions in the latest round of the Talented Athletes Fund. The Talented Athletes Fund, part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme, offers financial help and support to local communities. Nottinghamshire athletes will benefit from grants of up to £400 to help with expenses such as travel, coaching, competition fees and kit.
20-year-old Emily is currently the English Schools Combined Events Champion.
Unfortunately, due to illness and injury Emily missed out on competing at the British Universities and colleges championships in early 2020. Determined, with focus on recovery and getting fit again Emily has been able to hire a spinning bike to use at from home during the lockdown and borrow other equipment to keep her going until restrictions are lifted.
During the lockdown Emily helped organise a fundraiser, a virtual challenge to cover the length of the UK in 24 hours by running, cycling, walking, etc. It raised £4,439 for the NHS. She also organised a volunteering opportunity with Zest community centre, where virtual activity sessions were offered to disadvantaged children in the local community.
Emily said: “I am extremely appreciative to have been awarded this grant and so grateful to have the support of Nottinghamshire County Council, after such a difficult year I feel an opportunity such as this will really make a difference in coming back stronger in 2021!”
Councillors on the Communities and Place Committee approved the latest funding for athletes from 20 different sports which included 32 athletes aged 15 and under. The fund has awarded over 275 grants with a combined total of £63,000 since the current scheme was launched back in 2018.
To find out more about the fund visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/talentedathletes.