Following the successful launch of the Islands Athlete Travel Award Scheme in March 2018, up to eight élite athletes from the Outer Hebrides are again set to benefit from the continuation of the pilot scheme designed to support travel costs in the islands.
The aim of this scheme is to help top athletes of the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to gain better access to competitive and developmental opportunities available on the mainland.
Application forms are available on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 15th February.
Eight individuals could benefit in the Outer Hebrides with £1,500 available per person this year.
Awards will be allocated through an application process, with athletes required to evidence how the grant will improve their performance, provide them access to quality training opportunities and improve their sports or club environment.
sportscotland has allocated each of the three local authorities £10k, with the Councils then required to top this up with £2,000 of their own funding plus the equivalent of £3,000 of management and administrative time.
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland, said: “At sportscotland we recognise the specific challenges faced by island athletes. That’s why we are delighted to continue support for the Island Athlete Travel Scheme, in partnership with the island councils. By working together we can deliver services locally through the sportscotland institute of sport in the Outer Hebrides while providing additional support to allow talented athletes to travel to competitions and progress in their chosen sport.”
”It’s fantastic to hear that the athletes who received awards last year have benefitted and we look forward to working with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to support more island athletes.”
CnES Councillor Angus McCormack, Chairman of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee said: “The Athlete Travel Award Scheme has been a fantastic addition to the support the Comhairle is able to provide our elite athletes.
"The feedback from the first year has been very encouraging and I would anticipate a high level of applicants for this year’s grants.”
“sportscotland has become a valued partner over the years in our efforts to encourage our young people to get involved in sport and activities, and we are delighted that they have agreed to continue their support of this scheme.”
The scheme is open for applications and following an application and selection process, athletes will be identified for support by each local authority.
To find out more about the scheme contact the Community Sports Hub Officer for your area:
Kevin Morrison (Uist & Barra)
Tel: 01870 603599
Euan Macleod (Lewis & Harris)
Tel: 01851 822800
ISL ADMIN TEAM
Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais
Isle of Lewis
Tel: 01851 822800