From Monday 2 September 2013, promising sportsmen and women across the county are being invited to apply for the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS) which has seen its funds doubled thanks to Hampshire County Council's Olympic Legacy Programme.
The programme, which was launched in July with the help of Hampshire-based Olympic gold medal cyclist Dani King, has given HTAS £92,000 per year for the next three years as an investment in Hampshire's talented athletes. The money helps support local athletes with training, sports science, travel and physiotherapy as well as monetary grants.
HTAS gives money to over 200 athletes a year and some of Hampshire's most promising athletes have received support in previous years, including Dani King from Hamble, and Olympic bronze medallist hockey star Alex Danson who went to school in Odiham.
The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme, which is administered by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Sport Hampshire & IOW, helps support rising and established sports stars reach world class podiums.
Since it started in 2008, almost 550 of Hampshire's most promising sportsmen and women have received funding, with many more benefitting from free access to training facilities.
National and international level athletes can receive a range of benefits, including a monetary grant, free access to leisure centres, fast track physiotherapy, a free bus pass from local bus companies, as well as sports science support from Southampton Solent University. Regional and county level performers can also benefit from fast track physiotherapy services.
At a time when costs associated with training and competition are on the increase, the scheme is seen by many current and previous recipients as a much-needed injection of support.
Alex Danson said: "I am privileged to be the ambassador for the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme. The support from the scheme enables athletes, like me, to achieve their goals and compete at a world class level. It is really exciting that Hampshire County Council are investing in the future of sporting talent in Hampshire and it makes me proud to have been a member of the scheme."
Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Keith Chapman, said: "Hampshire has a strong sporting heritage, with many exceptional sportsmen and women living in the county. The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme goes some way to providing much needed support to these committed, talented and determined sportsmen and women. We look forward to receiving applications and supporting our local athletes achieve their sporting ambitions."
Applications are free and straightforward. The deadline for applications is Friday 11 October 2013.
Full details, including an application form and scheme criteria can be accessed online at