We are committed to developing today's promising athletes who have the potential to become tomorrow's sporting heroes.

As part of the Council’s charter for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, the Council and Sports Council are offering athletes residing within East Ayrshire a package of support to help them reach their full potential in their chosen sport.

East Ayrshire Council and the Sports Council recognise the enormous effort and substantial personal cost that resident sportspersons commit to attain international and national success in their chosen sport. 

If an athlete is successful in their application to the Talented Athlete Support Programme they will be invited to the Annual East Ayrshire Sports Council and Talented Athlete Awards Evening which is in November every year.

As a form of recognition and assistance, individuals are invited to apply to one of East Ayrshire's three strands of Athlete Support:

Developing potential

Criteria and support available
CriteriaSupport available

1. Participation in a sport recognised by SportScotland
2. British Senior/Junior Internationalist or British Senior/Junior Champion in the year of application

OR

3. Scottish Senior/Junior Internationalist or Scottish Senior/Junior Champion in the year of application

OR

4. National Squad Member who has not yet received full representative status

Successful applicants will receive a one-off sum of up to £200 towards the cost of attendance at regional/national training camps or   competitions and an East Ayrshire Talented Athlete Card offering membership to their nearest East Ayrshire Leisure facility (including the Galleon Centre, Kilmarnock and Visions, Cumnock).

How to apply

Complete a developing potential application form.

Podium potential

Criteria and support available
CriteriaSupport available
Amateur Sportspersons who have been selected to the official  training squads for:
      
  1. 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
  2. 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games
  3. 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
  4. 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games
  5. 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games

OR in special circumstances

Those whose selection to one of the above squads is deemed to be imminent as identified by appropriate GB/Scottish squad coach or representative.

OR

Those included in a GB team or squad to compete at an official INAS-FID international sporting event.

Successful candidates will receive a one off sum of £1,000 and an East Ayrshire Talented Athlete Card offering membership to their nearest East Ayrshire Leisure facility (including the Galleon Centre, Kilmarnock and Visions, Cumnock).

How to apply

Complete a podium potential application form.

Special olympic fund

Criteria and support available
CriteriaSupport available

Amateur Sportsperson who has been selected to participate in an International, National or Regional Special Olympics event such as:   

  1. Special Olympics Anniversary Games Stirling 2018
  2. Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

A fund to support local Special Olympians has been established by East Ayrshire Council which will give our local talented athletes the recognition they deserve.

Athletes who have the potential to participate at a National and Regional Special Olympic events are also encouraged to apply for funding.

How to apply

Complete a special olympic fund application form.

Watch a video about the talented athlete support programme

Contact Information

 

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