Source: Northern Ireland City of Armagh
Local up-and-coming athletes aged 12 and over, who are tipped to go the full distance when representing themselves, their club and the borough at regional, national or international competitions, can now apply for a sports bursary to help with the costs encountered towards developing their skills and progressing their careers.
Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum has teamed up with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for the third year running to offer financial assistance to support competitors in their own sports discipline.
The sports bursary scheme recognises that top competitors face significant costs as they strive for sporting excellence. To date, a total funding package in excess £30,000 has been awarded to some 52 athletes within the borough.
To qualify, junior and senior athletes must show evidence of achievement at a high level and whose standing, when judged against World, British and Irish standards indicates potential to compete with credit at international level or with distinction in British and Irish Championships.
Lord Mayor Councillor Kevin Savage welcomed the launch of the sports bursary scheme, saying:
“The sports bursary scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for athletes within Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough to gain support in pursuit of achieving their sporting goals.
I’m thrilled to announce that we are now in a position to receive applications from our most promising athletes who have a proven track record of competing and achieving success at the top level within their sport.
Becoming an elite athlete requires considerable financial investment. Our sports bursary scheme allows us to help out with a range of expenses such as training, equipment and travel.
The awards we make do make a difference in supporting our talented athletes on their journey to realising their full sporting potential.”
Awards can be made in two categories, Ambassador and Development, with each having their own set of eligibility criteria. Not all applicants who meet the criteria will automatically receive an award. Each application will be assessed on its own merits, allowing for greater flexibility within the confines of the overall budget.
The bursary application form, which must be completed in full and submitted by 5pm on Monday 4 January 2021, is available to download at armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/sportsbursary