GreaterSport are keen to support emerging Greater Manchester talented athletes to achieve their potential.

Backing the Best

Backing The Best will commit £5.5 million of National Lottery funding over four years to support the families of the next Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis-Hill or Ellie Simmonds who might feel competitive sport is otherwise out of their financial reach.

SportsAid will be working with coaches and national governing bodies of sport to identify the athletes for whom an award could make a big difference. Annual awards of up to £5,000 will be made on a case-by-case basis, specifically contributing to essential costs such as travel, accommodation, kit and support by coaches and physios.

The first awards will be made in February 2016 with up to 100 young athletes expected to benefit in the first year, rising to around 200 in subsequent years.

To find out more and get in involved, an athlete should speak to their coach and/or national governing body.

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The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme is for athletes aged over 16 years who are currently in education whilst competing at England Talent level in their sport. TASS provides athletes with a tailored package of Core Services including strength & conditioning, education & lifestyle support, physiotherapy, psychology and sports medicine.

Sport England TASS awards are annual and run from 1st October to 30th September. Nominations are made by the individual sporting national governing bodies and the core services are delivered at TASS Accredited Centres in England.

Sports Aid

SportsAid helps young disabled and non-disabled athletes to achieve their ambitions. These athletes are typically aged 12 to 18 and include some of Britain’s brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success.

Talented athletes are nominated to SportsAid for financial support by their sport’s national governing body (NGB). This ensures the right athletes are helped at the right time in the right way.


The British Olympic Association will have nominated Team GB Passport Holders on to the scheme by their National Governing Body of Sport as a potential future Olympian or Paralympian.

The Scheme operates on two levels Gold and Silver:

Gold: Prospective Olympians/Paralympians for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Silver: Prospects for future Olympic/Paralympic Games

Once nominated on to the scheme, athletes are issued with a membership card which entitles the athlete to a variety of benefits provided by the British Olympic Association in conjunction with our partners. Membership is reviewed on an annual basis by the National Governing Body.

For further details contact;

Hazel Musgrove

Development Officer (NGB)


M: 07850 605367