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Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS)

Hampshire County Council provide grants to help Hampshire's most talented athletes reach world class podiums e.g. Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships. Support starts at county level and goes through to athletes competing internationally.

As the performance pathways for different sports vary hugely, each National Governing Body (NGB) of sport is consulted to ensure that support is given at the right level. Disciplines not supported by the NGB or without clear performance pathways will not be eligible for HTAS support.

A variety of factors will influence the level of support provided to an athlete. These factors include national and international rankings, national and international competition results (for individual sports) and selection for national and international teams (for team sports).

SHIOW coordinate the following support services to help reduce athletes costs and improve performance:

Applications for the full support package will open again in September 2014. Support is based on performance levels and can include:

  • Free access to participating leisure centres

  • Fast-track physiotherapy service

  • Free annual bus travel cards from Stagecoach, Bluestar and First Group

  • Sports science support from Southampton Solent University

  • Grant of up to £600 funded by Hampshire County Council (not a guaranteed amount)

  • Public speaking and presentation skills training

Unitary authority support

Athletes from Southampton should contact James Grant for details of support services

Athletes from Portsmouth should contact Matt Birch for details of support services

Athletes from the Isle of Wight should contact Elaine Tracey for details of support services.

Other funding


Applications for the 2015 HTAS grants will open in September 2014

Applications for fast-track physiotherapy and free access cards for participating leisure centres are accepted throughout the year and processed on the 1st and 15th of each month. Please check to see if you are eligible for support . Please complete and return the non-grant application form.

All applications require evidence from the NGB e.g. The Rugby Football Union. Evidence can include:

  • National and international championship results from NGB website

  • National and international rankings

  • Letters of invitation into national squads

  • Letters of support from the NGB.

A maximum of 5 sheets of evidence will be accepted. All evidence must be from official sources.


To be eligible for the fast-track physiotherapy service, athletes cannot be injured at the time of application. Applications will be processed one month after application and membership of the scheme will then run for 12 months.


Please note that the sports and disciplines supported by HTAS can change from year to year depending upon changes within those sports. This list aims to give you some brief guidance.

As the performance pathways for different sports vary hugely, each NGB of sport is consulted to ensure that support is given at the right level. Disciplines not supported by the NGB will not be eligible for HTAS support. Disciplines without clear performance pathways with not be supported.

  • Angling, Archery (Recurve), Athletics (Olympic disciplines only)
  • Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Biathlon (ski), Bobsleigh (and Bobsleigh Skeleton), Bowls, Boxing
  • Canoeing, Cricket (outdoor only), Curling, Cycling
  • Diving
  • Equestrian (show jumping, eventing, dressage)
  • Fencing, Football (Girls)
  • Golf, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Acrobatics, Aerobic, Tumbling, Double Mini Trampoline)
  • Handball, Hockey (outdoor only)
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Skating (Figure skating, short track speed skating, speed skating)
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse, Luge
  • Modern Pentathlon, Mountaineering
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Rounders, Rowing (outdoor only), Rugby League, Rugby Union
  • Sailing, Shooting, Skiing (alpine, cross country, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping), Snowboarding, Squash, Swimming (Olympic disciplines only), Synchronised Swimming
  • Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Waterskiing, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Windsurfing, Wrestling
Supported disability sports
  • Archery (Recurve), Athletics (Paralympic disciplines only)
  • Boccia, Biathlon (skiing)
  • Canoe, Cricket, Cycling
  • Equestrian (dressage)
  • Football (5-a-side and 7-a-side)
  • Goalball, Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Ice Sledge Hockey
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Sailing, Shooting, Skiing (Alpine and cross country), Swimming
  • Table Tennis, Triathlon
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Curling, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby


  • Bluestar

Provide 25 free bus passes for athletes. Bluestar runs local, inter-urban and commuter buses in the Southampton, Eastleigh, Winchester, Romsey and Waterside areas of Hampshire.


  • First Bus

Provide 25 free bus passes for athletes. First is the world's leading transport operator, moving more than 2.5 billion passengers each year. Getting the bus is easier than you think. Most people live within 500m of a bus stop, so you're already only minutes from your nearest one.

  • Southampton Solent University

Provide sports science support for our talented athletes.

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  • Stagecoach

Provide 25 free bus passes for athletes. Stagecoach UK Bus is part of the Stagecoach Group and is one of the largest bus operators in the UK, operating express and local bus services across the country,

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HTAS athlete


Nicola Wright
Sports Development Officer (Performance)
01962 845163

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